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

 

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.

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.

 

Selected Titles:

SeriesYearTitleTags

01928 The Skylark of Space
11934 Triplanetary
21950 First Lensman
31937 Galactic Patrol
41939 Gray Lensman
51941 Second Stage Lensmen
61947 Children of the Lens