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The Best of E. E. "Doc" Smith Paperback – November 11, 1975

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications (November 11, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860078736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860078739
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,315,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Orion E. Hubbard on June 7, 2006
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The title just about says it all. This book is a collection of eight stories from the master of the space opera, E.E. "Doc" Smith. Some of it is familiar sampling to anyone who has read much Doc Smith's books: To the Far Reaches of Space is a short section from the first Skylark book, Skylark of Space, and Imperial Stars feature the Flying D'Alemberts, a family of intergalactic spies. And to round out the familiar, there's a segment from Triplanetary, the first of the great Lensman books and one from the Vortex Blaster, the very last of the series.

Other stories are not so well known. In two of the stories, the lead character is Lord Tedric, a much more intelligent and humorous version of Conan the Barbarian. Then there's Subspace Explorers and Robot Nemesis, two short stories; one from the 30's and the other from the 60's but both stories show Doc Smith at his best.

Doc Smith influenced so many sci-fi writers such as Heinlein, James H. Schmitz, and others, and his ideas of negative matter bombs and hyperspatial tubes, subspace radio, and the like were the basis for such popular movies and series as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Babylon 5. This book is both a fine introduction to Doc Smith and a rare find for his fans who are looking for more of his great works of science fiction and fantasy.
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I've read hundreds of sci fi books. Sci Fi hall of fame EE Doc Smith is one of my favorite authors. INMO his EPIC Lensmen ...5 star plus and Skylark series ... 4 2/3 stars.were his best works.

The Best of EE Doc Smith is a group of partial stories and books by Smith. This book was a great read with no boring parts. I read it in 2 1/2 days. What is great about this book is that there are some of his harder to find writings.

However, this is NOT a total best of his writings. There is a great section about Craine and Seaton, their wives and multi prof. Adams survival aboard an almost destroyed space liner and their fights with a master criminal. 5 stars.

Vortex Blaster was part of the Vortex Blaster after the Lensmen trying to destroy atomic storm vortexes that threaten planets especially the Earth. 5 stars.

Robot Nemesis is about a large group of robots threatening to destroy civilization and humankind's fight against them ... 4 stars.

Tedric and Lord Tedric is about an ancient blacksmith given the secret of hardened alloy carbonized steel for swords and armor by his "god" and his accent to nobleman status. 3 1/2 stars.

Subspace Survivors is part of Subspace Explorers about a group surviving a space liner accident, having psychic powers, getting rich, finding Uranium and more. 3 stars.

The Imperial stars is about in the future kings and emperors of earth and their sister planets. Assassination and protection of the nobles. 3 1/3 stars.

A good book of partial stories/ books of EE Doc Smith great to have in your library to add to your EE Doc Smith collection. 4 stars.
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Don't get me wrong, I love E. E. Doc Smith, and was really looking forward to this collection. I imagined it having a wide variety of short stories that I couldn't find elsewhere. Imagine my disappointment when two of the short stories are excerpts from his longer novels. These are much better in the novels then as stand alone stories. Anther story D'Alembert is, I believe the last thing he wrote, and was intended to be the beginning of another long series that would probably become a book. It did eventually become a series of books finished by another author, which you can probably find at many used book stores.

So, if you dont include stories which are excerpts from books, you are only left with 4 stories. These are:

Tedric, Lord Tedric-- These stories involve time travel and sword and sorcery, which I thought was a great idea, but the stories weren't all that good. The main problem is that the hero, Tedric, always achieves what he wants in the most linear fashion possible with nobody being able to stand in his way.

Robot Nemesis--This is a pretty good story about robots wanting to destroy humanity and the people who fight them.

Subspace Explorers--A story about people on a ship when the subspace drive suddenly breaks, and how they go about surviving. This is mostly a good hard science fiction story, though there is an entirely unnecessary part about what seem to be space gangsters which most have been tacked on to add more action to the story.

Probably the best part of the collection isn't the stories, but a short essay on the end where Smith discusses how he writes his stories. It isn't long, but it does give you real insight into what he thinks about the writing process.

In all, it's not a must have even for an E.E. "Doc" Smith fan, but it is entertaining enough to read for a couple days.
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Aside from this being the author who invented space opera (and because of that, Star Wars and Star Trek both owe their creation to this guy!) his imagination and story come together like a thunderclap of pure interest. This author hung out with Robert Heinlein and was a pretty amazing engineer when he wasn't writing awesome sci fi. His stories are simply amazing; the way science fiction should be.
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