Back in 1934, E. E. Smith’s Triplanetary appeared and changed the mind-set of science fiction readers. Up until that time, most SF stories had settings in the Solar System. Mars was a big favorite. But with Triplanetary, Smith introduced the concept of Faster-Than-Light (FTL) space travel and life outside the Solar System. Planets orbiting other stars with advanced civilizations, space battles, and what would later be labeled “Space Opera” are just a few of the innovations E. E. Smith introduced with Triplanetary. But, this was just the beginning of Smith’s Lensman series, one of the epic SF series with clashing civilizations and titanic space warfare. Yes, the writing is a little wooden. But the vision still powerful 80 years later. I like this new edition of Triplanetary published by Armchair Fiction.
THE LENSMEN SERIES:
1.Triplanetary (1948. Originally published in four parts, January–April 1934, in Amazing Stories)
2. First Lensman (1950, Fantasy Press)
3. Galactic Patrol (1950. Originally published in six parts, September 1937 – February 1938, in Astounding Stories)
4. Gray Lensman (1951. Originally published in four parts, October 1939 – January 1940, Astounding Stories)
5. Second Stage Lensmen (1953. Originally published in four parts, November 1941 – February 1942, Astounding Stories)
6. Children of the Lens (1954. Originally published in four parts, November 1947 – February 1948, Astounding Stories)