Triplanetary Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.