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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434401014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434401014
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're intending to read Doc Smith's classic "Lensman" series, then so you should; but you should definitely start, not with "Triplanetary", but with Galactic Patrol. Here's why.

Chronologically, the first Lensman story was Galactic Patrol, serialised in Astounding Stories from 1937-38. This was followed by the next three stories: Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen and Children of the Lens. When publication in book form was mooted, Smith revised his earlier Triplanetary to fit into the lensman universe, and wrote First Lensman to form a bridge between that and "Galactic Patrol". Masters of the Vortex, another unrelated story, was likewise modified.

I, and many others it seems, feel that the four books representing Smith's original conception are the essential ones, and the others are disposable* ("Vortex", in particular, being a pot-boiler with virtually no relation to the others).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mengoth on 21 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
This 2007 reprint by Wildside Press, LLC is an abridged version.
With this edition the story starts with the Triplanetary Patrol in operation and Costigan aboard the Hyperion.
It has deleted the initial encounter of an Arisian with the Eddorians and the subsequent tales of the rise and fall of the civilisations of Earth.
A nice little novella but it completely seperates it from the Lensman Saga.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RobP on 27 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
When I first read Triplanetary, a long time ago, there were chapters about Atantis, the Roman Empire and the World Wars (up to WW3). Sadly these aren't included in this edition and what is left feels dated.
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Nice to see the first ever space opera book I ever read back in print but if other reviews are to be believed here it cuts out all the original early epic material about the Arisians and the Eddorians and the rise and fall of empires on Earth. My rating reflects that cutting of the original book - until they fix that you should go find the original second hand elsewhere on Amazon to get the full experience.
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