Book Review: Triplanetary by E. E. “Doc” Smith (Three Stars)

Book Review: Triplanetary by E. E. “Doc” Smith

Three Stars out of Five

“In which scientific detail would not be bothered about, and in which his imagination would run riot,” Smith’s biographer Harry Smith said of the Lensman stories. And how.

Interesting more as a historical document than as literature, this includes the 1934 story which was the first Lensman story of classic science fiction. The writing is over-the-top, the characters heroic and chauvinistic, but it’s all great fun. The books influenced military development and future science fiction. (George Lucas enjoyed the Lensman series as a youth.)

Three stars is a gift. I wouldn’t have finished such an outlandish tale if written today, but it was hot stuff back then.

Thanks, Doc.