In lieu of that however, Haynes told him that he had been given his Release; that he was an Unattached Lensman–a “Gray” Lensman. Library Journal These are the four remaining volumes in Doc Smith’s famous ” Lensman” series (Classic Returns, LJ 4/1/98). A finalist for a special Hugo Award . Grey Lensman, EE ‘Doc’ Smith, Panther, London Hardware: Kevin’s print – with sketch of the Eich walking across their home planet.

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It is no more certain now that Helmuth was not Boskone than it was before that he was. A scant fifteen seconds was all that lenman before zero, the moment at which the hellish output of every watt generable by the massed fleet of the Galactic Lensmab would be hurled against those screens in their furiously, ragingly destructive might. He thinks that you may begin wobbling on the beam pretty soon unless you put out a few braking jots.

Jan lensmzn, Rob rated it really liked it. Kimball Kinnison has defeated Helmuth of Boskone, the pirate leader. For that matter, why had he been so glad to see her there? Theirs the task of immobilizing the opponent; since, as is of course well known, it is under any ordinary conditions impossible to wreak any hurt upon an object which is both inertialess and at liberty to move in space. The series, assembled from initially-unconnected short stories in Astounding Stories magazine from onwards, details an epic battle between Good and Evil as personified by Civilization and their sponsors, Arisia and Boskone and their sponsors, Eddore.

The underlying principle of the destructive beam produced by overloading a regulation projector had, it is true, been discovered by a Boskonian technician. There will be plenty of signs of a prowler having been in her room, greu if they can find him they’re good– very good. He is responsible to no one; to nothing save his own conscience. And in the Nurses’ Quarters a young woman with a wealth of red-bronze-auburn hair and tawny eyes was staring at her own reflection in a mirror.

Kim’s adventures may end here but the series has covered billions of years already, more is still to come. What makes Biblio different?


Gray Lensman by E. E. “Doc” Smith, from Project Gutenberg Canada

The Arisians defy this on numerous occasions, repeatedly stating that good and evil are ultimately relative, and the Arisians and the races of Civilization recognize that different races will have Blue and Orange Morality. It was not like an octopus. I haven’t heard of any unusual activity around here, so it must be somewhere else. This is brought up by characters in the series, where they will mention how close lwnsman baseline Tellurians a particular alien is, often saying something like “Tellurian to within ten decimal places.

When Kinnison was injured, Phillips was ready to try his procedure on humans. That changes the picture entirely.

Black and Gray Morality: In the third volume the bad guys’ main base has a scuttling charge that pulverizes the crust of the planet it’s on. Thorndyke, you and your gang, and probably Lensman Hotchkiss, had better study these things too–you’ll know what you want as soon as they show you the hook-up. Among the world-girdling fortifications of a planet distant indeed from star cluster AC there rgey sullenly a fortress quite similar to Helmuth’s own.

He was not surprised to learn that those people were more or less human in appearance, since the ggey was quite similar to Tellus in age, climate, atmosphere, and mass. Nor, although it was scaly and toothy and wingy, was it, save gtey the vaguest possible way, similar lnsman a lizard, a sea-serpent, or a vulture. In the opening, he recounts to the Admiral and another high official that he does not know if Boskone was annihilated by their attack. I even tried to read the first ten pages of the first book of the Lensman of E.

The Countess is going to have a brainstorm. The chapter’s even called “The Power of Love”. Fine brand cigarettes are imported to Tellus all the way from Alsakan, all the way across the galaxy. She’s designed for it–we couldn’t expect to find cradles to fit her anywhere except on Tellus. There were over two thousand men, clad in plain or beribboned or bemedaled full civilian dress, or in the variously panoplied dress uniforms of the many Services.


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Waitresses and ambassadors, flunkeys and bankers, ermined prelates and truck-drivers. Top speed a hundred and forty miles an hour, and I suppose you cruise between ninety and a hundred. Poised in the air of Helmuth’s inner sphere there was an enigmatic, sparkling ball of force which the Lensman could not understand, and of which he was in consequence extremely suspicious.

It simply darts away from the touch of the harmful agent, whether it be immaterial beam or material substance. I didn’t want to look, really, but I couldn’t help seeing, and I’m glad I did–I llensman have missed it for the world!

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Downward the effect was, if possible, even more lfnsman, since conditions there approximated closely the oft-argued meeting between the irresistible force and the immovable object. Being the gem that it is, the writer goes on to note, that this is a huge loss to SF lenxman. It took over as the sci-fi successor to all westerns and greek hero myths?

The Dauntless was an immense vessel. On this job I can recognize nothing of good taste, of courtesy, of chivalry, or even of ordinary common decency. That was what I was after. Fordyce–cosmopolite, man of leisure, and dilettante in science–who took the next space-liner for Radelix was not precisely the same individual who had come to that planet a few days before lejsman that name and those unmistakeable characteristics.

Grey Lensman

First you must understand that the story of the Lensmen and the Galactic Patrol started long before humans walked on Earth. Realize the sort of mental training required for its successful performance?

A few human races are the opposite, as well, with clothing rules that cover everything, like the Tomingans. The means have long been ready, but the opportunity which you have just made for us is the first that we have had.