In lieu of that however, Haynes told him that he had been given his Release; that he was an Unattached Lensman–a “Gray” Lensman. Library Journal These are the four remaining volumes in Doc Smith’s famous ” Lensman” series (Classic Returns, LJ 4/1/98). A finalist for a special Hugo Award . Grey Lensman, EE ‘Doc’ Smith, Panther, London Hardware: Kevin’s print – with sketch of the Eich walking across their home planet.
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Refresh and hrey again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Gray Lensman by E. Gray Lensman Lensman 4 by E. Somewhere among the galaxies was the stronghold of Boskone – a network of brilliant space-criminals whose hunger for conquest threatened the continued existence of all known civilization.
But where was stronghold? Boskonian bases were scattered across the universe – shielded by gigantic thought-screens that defied penetration. The best minds in the Galactic Patrol had tried Somewhere among the galaxies was the stronghold of Boskone – a network of oensman space-criminals whose hunger for conquest threatened the continued existence of all known civilization.
The best minds in the Galactic Patrol had tried. Lehsman it was up to Lensman Kim Kinnison, using his fantastic powers, to infiltrate the Boskonian strongholds, find the location of the enemy’s Grand Base – and smash it forever. But Kinnison didn’t know then that the power of Boskone reached further than anyone had dreamed – into the Galactic Patrol itself Paperbackpages.
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Lists with This Book. Mar 26, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes, I’m a fool. I thought, perhaps, that the “so called” golden age of sci-fi before Heinlein would be as painful to read as the old Jules Verne. I even tried to read the first ten pages of the first book of the Lensman of E. Smith PHD and cringed down to my soul. I was thinking that nothing would be worth the pain of reading this trash. And yet, all of my favorite past couple of generations of sci-fi authors swore by the old doc, and there are still generations of readers that are sur Sometimes, I’m a fool.
And yet, all of my favorite past couple of generations lensmaj sci-fi authors swore by the old doc, and there are still generations of readers that are surprised and delighted by the stories.
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Heck, the fourth book is considered by some to be the 98th best sci-fi book of all time. I buckled down, lensmxn my teeth, and picked up the fourth without so much as reading eleven pages of the first three. I was plainly amazed and giddy in the reading of these little serialized bubblegum stories of sci-fi heroes.
I’m too young to have watched Flash Gordon, but I understand the draw. I’m certainly old enough to have sat amazed through all the Star Wars at the inception. I’ve watched all of the original Star Treks, not to mention every iteration after.
I was forced to re-evaluate my entire internal consistency engine of sci-fi idea sources and lineage, and all of a sudden, the mitochondrial eve of sci-fi tropes at least the best surviving eve is FOUND. The light shines upon my mind. The great cosmic egg lights up like a big bulb. So I asked in a small voice It also encouraged the biggest space operas? It took over as the sci-fi successor to all westerns and greek hero myths? Smith replied, “Yes, you dumbshit.
I feel like a moron now, but at least I didn’t proliferate that weird-ass idea about galaxies colliding I’m back on my moral high ground again. I might just have to read them in order again and ignore, dutifully, the Really Bad Physics in favor of the Great Fun.
I can’t get this out of my head: The proper term for the collision of two planets is “Squishingly”. I can’t unread what I have read, so I pay it forward. View all 9 comments. Nov 14, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: This is an old science fiction series and I have experienced difficulty in finding all the volumes at the appropriate time.
greg As a result, I had given up on finding this volume and went ahead and read the remainder. Then surprisingly, just before Christmas, I found Gray Lensman in my local second-hand book store. Being a bit of a completionist, I grabbed it and added it to my stack of sci-fi for In all gry, it was an unnecessary exercise—Gray Lensman is very similar to the book before it This is an old science fiction series and I have experienced difficulty in finding all the volumes at the appropriate time.
In all honesty, it was an unnecessary exercise—Gray Lensman is very similar to the book before it and the book after it.
Smith found his formula and stuck to it. Interesting to me was the degree to gtey the romantic relationship between the hero, Kim Kinnison, and his wife-to-be figured in these novels. For that reason alone, I actually kind of like these old space operas, which bring me happy memories of my past. These lensmsn not great science fiction gery compared to some of the masters of the genre today, but they are where sci-fi got its start and are interesting to me for that reason.
They were ground-breaking at the time that they were written and I can see how they influenced more recent writers, including Robert A. Dec 01, Mary Catelli rated it liked it Shelves: The continuing tale of Boskone and Kimball Kinnison.
In the opening, he recounts to the Admiral and another high official that he does not know if Boskone was annihilated by their attack. The rest is the somewhat episodic adventures of working out that they did. Eichlan speaks for Boskone here — a harsh, pitiless cold-blood race of Eich being those trying to control the galaxy and rip Civilization’s position away. Kinnison poses as both a high society man and as an asteroid p The continuing tale of Boskone and Kimball Kinnison. Phillips dubbed so in self-defense, so they didn’t have to pronounce his real name, and more.
Old science said they had to be rare, and Smith posited a collision of two galaxies to provide the number he needed. Recently I have been revisiting gret of the classic science gry that I read as a teenager gdey audiobook.
I remember the Lensman series fondly and so was looking forward to revisiting the worlds grdy the Tellurians and Boskonians. I one way it’s still the same. Heroic men and gorgeous women.
Space wars spread across galaxies. The plot rattles along to it’s inevitable climax good triumphs, hero gets girl.
The one thing that really struck me is how badly written this book is. The p Recently I have been revisiting some of the classic science fiction lensmab I read as a teenager via audiobook. The prose is leaden and there is no style.
Dramatic tension is non-existent as “Doc” Smith suffers from a Superman complex.
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Whatever dreadful things grry to the good guys then there is immediately a scientific breakthrough to make it all as good as new. The truth is that I have grown out of this sort of childish writing and need something with more depth now that I have reached my adult years. If you were to reclassify this book for teenagers then it may have some worth but it has certainly put me off returning to the other books in the series.
I’m sure this had happened to everyone, you learn about something new to you and start seeing aspect of it everywhere. It’s like when you watched Monty Lenssman and realize That song I’ve heard everywhere was in this movie’ or ‘That’s where SPAMthe term for unwanted in emails, came from’ or maybe that’s just me. If you have experienced something like that, which how can you not have, than you’ll understand what I was feeling when I first learned about these Lensmen books, of which we w I’m sure this had happened to everyone, you learn about something new to you and start seeing aspect of it everywhere.
If you have experienced something like that, which how can you not have, than you’ll understand what I was feeling when I first learned about these Lensmen books, of which we will speak?! The more I read the Lennsman, the more I was interested in what had happened before I started reading that’s how they get ya’.
Of course I turned to the leaders on dubious facts, the interwebs, for information. Partial because the whole Green Lantern books seem to be a strange series, even for the company that gave us Flash and Wonder Woman and what I found was seemed to take me through the What I found was; the Lenxman Lantern books were actually inspired by gry Lensmen series As I read on it comes to light that not just 1 but 2 SF Conventions, local to me are named after the 2 warning factions in this series of novels: Arisia Boskone While there I had a “wha-?
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It was grdy, and apparently most of it comes directly from the forward to this book in the series [see, cheaters may not prosper but their reads might].
The little article in question talked about how the Lensman story arc, sure, like how epic this story is, how amazingly encompassing.
Even so, ggrey of the more interesting bits where the little things. It also talks about how, to the new SF audience, these book seem to have become a largely forgotten part of Golden Age SF while simultaneously being the cornerstone in a popular comic book universe.
Being the gem that it is, the writer goes on to note, that this is a huge loss to SF fanatics. Grej writer even goes on to compare Smith’s stories to those of van Vogt, Heinlein and Vinge.