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Gray Lensman (History of Civilization) Paperback – Nov 1998


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Old Earth Books (Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882968123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882968121
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,073,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
I (and many others) believe the best place to start with Doc Smith's "Lensman" series is Galactic Patrol; and as I've said why, at length, in my review of that opus, I won't repeat it here.

"Gray Lensman" begins where "Patrol" left off, and never flags, from the start to the finish.

Smith at this point is a massively improved writer from the author of the earlier Skylark series, and much more confident in his characters: Richard Seaton, for instance, never has the moments of self-doubt that trouble Kinnison, and would certainly never burst into tears (as the latter does when his nurse won't feed him beefsteak in hospital!).

Even more unexpected is the development of an impish sense of humour, manifested in several places, but most notably in the exploits of Wild Bill Williams of Aldebaran II, in the present volume — surely one of the most entertaining episodes in the whole of Golden Age SF.

I've never understood critics — including the normally-perspicacious Brian Aldiss* — who say that Smith couldn't write. True, he probably never gave T.S. Eliot (his exact contemporary) any sleepless nights, and better authors have certainly stood on his shoulders; but the Lensman series is F-U-N, and without it the SF world would be a much duller place.

*in Billion Year Spree, later revised as Trillion Year Spree.
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By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2008
Format: Hardcover
I (and many others) believe the best place to start with Doc Smith's "Lensman" series is Galactic Patrol; and as I've said why, at length, in my review of that opus, I won't repeat it here.

"Gray Lensman" begins where "Patrol" left off, and never flags, from the start to the finish.

Smith at this point is a massively improved writer from the author of the earlier Skylark series, and much more confident in his characters: Richard Seaton, for instance, never has the moments of self-doubt that trouble Kinnison, and would certainly never burst into tears (as the latter does when his nurse won't feed him beefsteak in hospital!).

Even more unexpected is the development of an impish sense of humour, manifested in several places, but most notably in the exploits of Wild Bill Williams of Aldebaran II, in the present volume -- surely one of the most entertaining episodes in the whole of Golden Age SF.

I've never understood critics -- including the normally-perspicacious Brian Aldiss* -- who say that Smith couldn't write. True, he probably never gave T.S. Eliot (his exact contemporary) any sleepless nights, and better authors have certainly stood on his shoulders; but the Lensman series is F-U-N, and without it the SF world would be a much duller place.

*in Billion Year Spree, later revised as Trillion Year Spree.
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Story,of course, just as much fun as the original book versions, but sorry, very messy transition to kindle - spelling errors, layout errors, punctuation errors; looks like a scanned version passed through poor OCR. Real pity, as a small amount of care could have cleaned it up and made it as good as the paper originals.
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By Keith on 19 Oct 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Would be 5 star if the kindle version had been proof read
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Mar 1997
Format: Paperback
Kim Kinneson, from the Arisian engineered line of super-mental powers battles Boskone and, in the process learns how to further add to his mental powers. Medonia gets stolen from Boskone and added to the weapons of Earth/interplanetary civilization, along with a secret weapon built on their planet by 50 of the superscientists Kim can get to work together. Fast paced action.
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