Series > Lensman

The Lensman books... are the books I cut my teeth on as a fan, and together they comprise one of the true milestones in science fiction literature. Let me be plainer: BUY THESE BOOKS. You won't regret it." - J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5.

"The Lensmen saga is a 2001 monolith from the dawn of science fiction. It's all here -- a secret destiny for Mankind that prefigures David Brin's Uplift series; a universe-spanning saga that dwarfs the worlds of Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Star Wars..." -- Stephen Baxter

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    The Skylark of Space by E.E. Doc Smith

The first of the great "space opera" science fiction novels, The Skylark of Space remains a thrilling tale more than 80 years after its creation.

Year: 1928
Genre: Space Opera

    Triplanetary by E.E. Doc Smith

A "prequel" of sorts to the ever-popular Lensman series, Triplanetary offers some fascinating background material that sheds new light on the story arc. In the novel, Smith provides the origin story for the super-intelligent race of humanoid creatures known as the Kinnison line, as well as for the Triplanetary League, a political alliance among Earth, Mars and Venus.

Year: 1934
Genre: Space Opera

    Galactic Patrol by E.E. Doc Smith

This is the story of Kimball Kinnison, wearer of the Lens of Galactic Patrol, in his conflict with forces of lawlessness and crime known as Boskonia. It is the story of the Lens, the telepathic jewel matched to the ego of its wearer by those master philosophers, the Arisians. The story of Helmuth who 'speaks for Boskone,' of the Wheelman of Aldebaran I, of the Overlords of Delgon, of the strange worlds of Velantia, Trenco, and others.

Year: 1937
Genre: Space Opera

    Gray Lensman by E.E. Doc Smith

omewhere among the galaxies was the stronghold of Boskone, a network of brilliant interplanetary criminals, whose mania for conquest threatened the future of all known civilization... But where? Now it was up to Lensman Kim Kinnison, using his fantastic mental powers to infiltrate the Boskonian strongholds and learn the location of the enemy's Grand Base.

Year: 1939
Genre: Space Opera

    Second Stage Lensmen by E.E. Doc Smith

Kim Kinnison, Number One man of his time, had faced challenges before - but rarely one as daunting as this. To him fell the perilous task of infiltrating the inner circle of Boskone, stronghold of galactic civilization's most deadly foe. He had to work his way up through the ranks of an alien enemy organization, right into the highest echelons of power. Then it would be he who issued the orders - orders that would destroy his own civilization . . .

Year: 1941
Genre: Space Opera

    Children of the Lens by E.E. Doc Smith

It was beginning to look as though no one could prevent the annihilation of the civilized Universe. For a weird intelligence was directing the destruction of all civilization from the icy depths of outer space. Kim Kinnison of the Galactic Patrol was one of the few men who knew how near the end was. And in the last desperate stratagem to save the Universe from total destruction, he knew he had to use his children as bait for the evil powers of the hell-planet Ploor . . .

Year: 1947
Genre: Space Opera

    First Lensman by E.E. Doc Smith

In First Lensman, you are transported to the day in the not-too-distant future when fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems. In this gripping narrative, you will visit Arisia with Virgil Samms when he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost living symbol of the forces of law and order. You will see the forming of the Galactic Patrol.

Year: 1950
Genre: Space Opera




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1928The Skylark of Space by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman
1934Triplanetary by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman
1937Galactic Patrol by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman
1939Gray Lensman by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman
1941Second Stage Lensmen by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman
1947Children of the Lens by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman
1950First Lensman by E.E. Doc Smith Space Opera, Lensman





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