Second Stage Lensman : Lensman

  • by E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  • Narrated by Reed McColm
  • Series: Lensman
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kimball Kinnison and the Galactic Patrol again take up battle with Boskonia. The warfare leads to some odd corners of the universe and some stranger worlds. They include the planet Lyrane where a matriarchal society exists and the frigid world of Onio, with its incredibly alien inhabitants.


What the Critics Say

"The most towering figure in science fiction, thanks to the enormous scope of his novels." (Isaac Asimov)
"If you wish to understand the roots of modern science fiction, you have to read the Lensman saga." (Allen Steele)
"A finalist for a special Hugo Award for All-Time Best Series, 'Lensman' is considered by many sf heads to be the greatest of the space operas and clearly a source for such successors as Star Trek and Star Wars." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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The greatest series going

I have read and re-read this series since I first discovered it in the early 60s. The series made every boomer patrol I made.

The only series that matches it for pure fun is the Aubry-Maturin Series.
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- Old Sub Sailor

Lensman Series is Still Fun

Okay. The narrator of this series is not the best. Nevertheless, this story still works if you can get past some of writing (the "look of eagles" in the eyes of Lensmen for instance). If you've never dipped into these before, get Galactic patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen and Children of the Lens in that order. If you are still hooked, go back and pick up First lensman. You have to be a real diehard lensmen fan to slug through Triplanetary.

This is classic space opera, good versus evil, with the guys in the white hats destined to win. Smith wasn't very good at envisioning future technology, but he comes up with some fun ideas. The inertialess drive is an interesting solution to FSL travel and the negasphere is one of the best Sci_Fi weapons ever imagined. His aliens are fun too, especially the frigid planet dwellers. Considering that the series was started in the late 30s, it holds up amazingly well.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2007
  • Publisher: Books in Motion