The Lensmen series
The Lensman series is a serial science fiction space opera by Edward Elmer "Doc" Smith. It was a HUGO Finalist for Best Science Fiction All-Time Series.
The series was published in magazines, before being collated and reworked into the better-known series of books. The complete series in internal sequence and their original publication dates are:
1. Triplanetary (4 parts, January-April 1934, Amazing Stories)
2. First Lensman (1950, Fantasy Press)
3. Galactic Patrol (6 parts, September 1937-February 1938, Astounding Stories)
4. Gray Lensman (4 parts, October 1939-January 1940, Astounding Stories)
5. Second Stage Lensmen (4 parts, November 1941-February 1942, Astounding Stories)
6. Children of the Lens (4 parts, November 1947-February 1948, Astounding Stories)
Originally, the series consisted of the final four novels published between 1937 and 1948 in the magazine Astounding Stories. However, in 1948, at the suggestion of Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (publisher of the original editions of the Lensman books as part of the Fantasy Press imprint), Smith rewrote his 1934 story Triplanetary, originally published in Amazing Stories, to fit in with the Lensman series. First Lensman was written in 1950 to act as a link between Triplanetary and Galactic Patrol and finally, in the years up to 1954, Smith revised the rest of the series to remove inconsistencies between the original Lensman chronology and Triplanetary.
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Triplanetary is the first of E. E. "Doc" Smith's six Lensman books, and although it isn't as fast-paced as later Lensman novels, it sets the stage for what is perhaps the greatest space-opera saga ever told. Through a series of vignettes spanning millions of years, readers will learn how the titanic struggle between the good Arisians and the evil Eddorians first came to pass, and about how humanity was chosen (and bred) to assume the awesome power of the lens.