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- ASIN : B00INITSQI
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (March 18, 2014)
- Publication date : March 18, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1009 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08KH3QYWZ
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #254,662 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To begin with, E. E. "Doc" Smith, Ph.D. was supremely important in the early (ie.: pre-Heinlein) days of science fiction. He had the style, the imagination, to make any science fiction magazine in which his novels were serialized the #1 magazine in the field.. Those were the crude early days of sf, and Smith's prose was of his time, not ours. The qualities needed to sell to the sf pulp magazines then are not the qualities needed to sell bestselling hardcover sf today.
That said, some of Smith's work is better than others. His earliest series, the Skylark novels, suffers a bit from runaway imagination. Smith tried to rein himself in with a solar-system-set novel, "Spacehounds of the IPC".. He went interstellar again with "Triplanetary", having come up with "the inertialless drive", a justification for travelling faster-than-light speeds that he was happier with than the ad-hoc hand-waving he'd used in the Skylark novels.
That done, he turned to something unprecedented. At a time when sf appeared primarily in magazines that disappeared as soon as they went off-sale, Smith carefully plotted a four-novel epic, the LENSMAN series. To fit the pulp conventions of the day, he pitched the epic (both to himself and to his editor) as an interstellar "cops and robbers" story. He worked out its universe, its characters, the heights and depths of its action, where the serial installment breaks would fall, and how to end each novel in such a way that frustrated readers did not feel they were being handed an unresolved cliff-hanger. These four novels (the first three, according to Smith, being "introductory material" to get readers up to speed to appreciate the "real story" as it unfolded in the fourth volume) are Smith's conceptual masterwork. (The climactic scene to the entire series, as it was finally published in 1948, was written before the final draft of the first novel was submitted for magazine publication in 1937.)
Although "Triplanetary" played no part in the Lensman's four-part structure, the "inertialless drive" was too sweet for Smith not to use it for the Lensman's inter-galactic travels. On the basis of the drive's common usage, Smith was urged to incorporate "Triplanetary" into the Lensman universe. As fan-founded publishers arose in the late 1940s to create hardcover editions of gone-but-not-forgotten magazine sf, Smith rewrote "Triplanetary", adding "introductory material" regarding the early history of the good/evil conflict of the Lensman universe before segueing into "Triplanetary" proper, now seasoned with added Lensman references. Simultaneously, Smith incorporated "Triplanetary" references into the magazine serialization of the fourth as-originally-planned Lensman novel.
This edition of TRIPLANETARY is the Lensman-rewritten version. (Many "Triplanetary" editions found on line are of the original 1934 non-Lensman magazine serial.) It is really best read after reading the original four-part series of GALACTIC PATROL, GRAY LENSMAN, SECOND-STAGE LENSMEN, and CHILDREN OF THE LENS. After all four magazine serials and the rewritten TRIPLANETARY appeared, Smith wrote a brand new novel, FIRST LENSMAN, to bridge to gap between TRIPLANETARY and his four original Lensman novels. These two books are best read as the addenda they are.
Amazon offers all the other Lensman novels. Most use the original 1940s/50s Fantasy Press hardcover art, but not their interior art. Their formatting is -um- inelegant. (You will find other, less kind, words used in several of their Amazon reviews.) I tried samples of all five, in hopes they would duplicate the Fantasy Press editions, and never bought them. Wish they were all formatted as well as this TRIPLANETARY.
[While I'm wishing, I would like someday that e-readers would be able to experience the original Wesso, Schneeman, and Rogers magazine illustrations for Smith's four as-conceived Lensman novels. Myself, I have the magazines, the hardcovers, the 1960s paperbacks, and the Reed-McColm-read audiobooks. When better-formatted e-books appear, I'll buy 'em.]
This is definitely pre-Golden age and was the stuff that Golden age authors matured on.
Any who, maybe later on in this book he starts using more pronounceable normal names. But I doubt it and I'm not going through the frustrations to finish the book. It just ain't worth it.
But this book does get a special recognition from me. It's one of only a very few books that I've given 1 🌟 .
Although the missing chapters were primarily a somewhat tedious pre-history, telling of the rise and fall of Tellurian civilizations including Atlantis and finally Rome as the last to be allowed to fall, they have little impact on story contained in Triplanetary but they do (or did) impart information that would have greater significance later in the series. However even this version Triplanetary is not entirely without merit as some characters in Triplanetary also appear in other books of the series.
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Now that I am a lot older, I have found a lot of faults in the story, which as a 17 year old (then) I never spotted. But its like the love affair you have with your first girlfriend. You love it no matter what and for me its a pleasure to read the series again after so many years.
As previously stated this is a computer print-out on, what appears to be 'A4' sized paper. Something that I could have undoubtedly done for myself.