Imatge de l'autor

E. E. Smith (1890–1965)

Autor/a de Triplanetary

87+ obres 17,398 Membres 201 Ressenyes 25 preferits

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Obres de E. E. Smith

Triplanetary (1948) — Autor — 1,771 exemplars
First Lensman (1950) 1,441 exemplars
Galactic Patrol (1950) 1,309 exemplars
Gray Lensman (1951) 1,281 exemplars
Second Stage Lensman (1953) 1,224 exemplars
Children of the Lens (1954) 1,178 exemplars
The Skylark of Space (1928) 1,040 exemplars
Masters of the Vortex (1960) 860 exemplars
Skylark Three (1930) 755 exemplars
Skylark of Valeron (1949) 709 exemplars
Skylark Duquesne (1965) 671 exemplars
Spacehounds of IPC (1947) 498 exemplars
The Galaxy Primes (1965) 428 exemplars
Imperial Stars (1976) 388 exemplars
Subspace Explorers (1965) 353 exemplars
Strangler's Moon (1976) 308 exemplars
The Clockwork Traitor (1977) 293 exemplars
Getaway World (1977) 291 exemplars
Appointment at Bloodstar (1978) 260 exemplars
Planet of Treachery (1981) 189 exemplars
Subspace Encounter (1983) 177 exemplars
Lord Tedric (1954) 174 exemplars
Eclipsing Binaries (1983) 169 exemplars
The Best of E. E. "Doc" Smith (1975) 165 exemplars
Masters of Space (1976) 159 exemplars
The Omicron Invasion (1984) 138 exemplars
Revolt Of The Galaxy (1985) 128 exemplars
Space Pirates (1979) 102 exemplars
Lord Tedric and Alien Realms (1980) 52 exemplars
Subspace Survivors (1960) 36 exemplars
The Complete Lensman Series (1964) 6 exemplars
La saga dei Lensmen 5 exemplars
Heróis Galácticos 2 exemplars
Søn af stjernerne 2 exemplars
Robot Nemesis 1 exemplars
The Space Pirates 1 exemplars
Storm Cloud On Deka 1 exemplars
Tod dem Sternenkaiser (1990) 1 exemplars
Subspace Survivors 1 exemplars
Lensmen (series) 1 exemplars
Lord Tedric {ss} 1 exemplars
Masters of Space 1 exemplars
Le surfulgur / 1976 (1953) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Space Opera (1974) — Col·laborador — 260 exemplars
Space Odysseys (1974) 98 exemplars
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Of Worlds Beyond (1947) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Astounding Science Fiction 1947 11 (1947) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Astounding Science Fiction 1941 12 (1941) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Astounding Science Fiction 1939 10 (1939) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1938 01 (1938) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1937 10 (1937) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Astounding Science Fiction 1939 11 (1939) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1937 11 (1937) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1934 09 (1934) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1937 09 (1937) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1934 10 (1934) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Astounding Science Fiction 1941 11 (1941) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Astounding Stories 1934 08 (1934) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Altres noms
Smith, Edward Elmer (birth name)
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
River View Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, USA
Lloc de naixement
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Lloc de defunció
Seaside, Oregon, USA
Llocs de residència
Spokane, Washington, USA
Seneaquoteen, Idaho, USA
University of Idaho (chemical engineering)
writer of science fiction
food engineer
National Fantasy Fan Federation [N3F] (cofounder)
Biografia breu
Sometimes called the father of space opera



***Group Read: The Lensman Series (Spoiler-free) a 75 Books Challenge for 2010 (juny 2010)


Probably one of the worst books I've ever read. The first half was stapled on in 1948 as a sort of prequel to the Lensman novels. The back half was the original story from 1934. Most fascinating is the anti-fascism fears mixed with cold war era fears as a result of being written at different times.

All that said...ugh.
hubrisinmotion | Hi ha 38 ressenyes més | Nov 14, 2023 |
The last book of the year 2013. An overly sexist contradictory work yet full of grand science fiction battles of truly huge scope. A product of its time before its time.
hubrisinmotion | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Nov 14, 2023 |
The pulp-era history of space opera is complicated, but E. E. “Doc” Smith is undoubtedly one of its icons. His Triplanetary is one of two prequels to the Lensman series. When its first version was published in 1934, the Buck Rogers radio series was in the middle of its run, and the comic strip had been out for five years. And, of course, the kid genius Tom Swift had been busy defeating bad guys with clever inventions since 1910. In 1948, a clunky, expanded fixup version of Triplanetary brought the beginning of the series into the Atomic Age. Reading the novel almost ninety years on, I was struck by the shifting style that veers from wartime slang to prose so purple it would make Bulwer-Lytton blush. At the heart of it all is the adoration of technology devoted to speed and power—especially force fields and beamed transmissions. Smith is especially fond of tractor beams, a term he may have coined as early as 1931.
Smith makes giant technological leaps seem easy. How about an inertialess tractor beam? “A tractor—inertialess?” Cleveland wondered. “Sure, why not?” Even fish, deep in the oceans of a distant planet, can do it because “those high-pressure boys were no fools.”
But my favorite bit of Smithian prose comes when the Nevians first appear in Tellurian space: “Space became suffused with a redly impenetrable opacity, and through that indescribable pall there came reaching huge arms of force incredible; writhing, coruscating beams of power which glowed a baleful, although almost imperceptible, red.”
Kids, they don’t write ‘em like that anymore.
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Tom-e | Hi ha 38 ressenyes més | Oct 16, 2023 |
Another "classic" sci-fi novel and another reminder of how much the genre --and really society, as if sci-fi existed separately from that-- has changed in the last 70 to 85 years (this was originally published serially starting in the early- to mid-1930's, I think, then collected and amended/rewritten for publication in 1948.)

More genre specific is the lower quality of the writing (reasonably decent here, considering, but still...) and the very time-specific plot/event style. E.g. "humans" discover some new technology based on some new physics and have a working, battleship-mounted weapon based on it in 3 days. E.g. the uber-competent agent/engineer/scientist builds a functioning first-of-its-kind "ultra wave" "camera" in-field in what sounds like hours, or at most days. I get it that (these days) that is a (sub-)genre specific trope and, moreover, that when e.g. someone on Star Trek picks a crystal up *off the ground* and "wires" it into their tricorder, or when someone in the Expanse decrypts and reprograms a Martian gunships' military-level encrypted computer with *hardware* tamper-triggers in what is apparently 9 to 90 minutes, that I am letting the exact same thing slide by... but it just seems so much worse and more obvious here.

I feel like I can also detect the fingerprints of the post-WWII, building Red Scare re-writes here. There are passages that either were super-awkwardly inserted and/or just leap out now. Some (one passage RE: an outside power riling up, essentially, "minorities") almost seem prescient a la "Russian election tampering" OR as simply being quite racist (e.g. the attraction of Communism for many black people in the period was because it spoke about and criticized American racism.) Others seem immensely callous OR as subtle criticisms (e.g. the worthy adversary that the "Earthlings" make peace with... nevermind that the Earthlings already realized that those same aliens have brutally subjugated and continue a total war against the other intelligent species on their planet... is this commentary on Communist Russia? Nazi Germany? "Worthy" adversaries in general?)

To be fair, I suppose that is another genre change. Early sci-fi was 100% action. The characters do not have, ah, "rich inner lives" nor do they live in societies.

Anyway, as a historical piece this was interesting; for my particular interest it was worth reading; as a story... eh, probably a waste of your time.
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dcunning11235 | Hi ha 38 ressenyes més | Aug 12, 2023 |



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