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Triplanetary Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434401014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434401014
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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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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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I am very disappointed. I have read this series many years ago and was looking forward to re living my youth. However, the Triplanetary book was received as expected (no problems - very impressed) but when I excitedly opened the book, imagine my surprise which quickly turned to utter disappointment when the first pages were describing Costigan and the Pirate raiders. No introduction via Atlantis or the nuclear wars which led to the establishing of the Triplanetary system. No first contact of the Arisians with the Eddorians. this history is possibly the best bit of the series and certainly the most vital!!!!

Maybe I have a rogue book but the first page is Number 1 so it does not appear a misprint. Maybe my memory is wrong and Book 2 or 3 will provide the history but the summary on the back cover is clear on the content.

Apologies if I have spoiled any surprises or given away part of the plot to new readers. This remains an excellent series and a very good read.
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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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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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