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Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc” Smith
By: (1890-1965)

“Doc” E.E. Smith pretty much invented the space opera genre, and Triplanetary is a good and well-known example. Physics, time, and politics never stand in the way of a plot that gallops ahead without letup.

Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering, it’s understandable that the heroes of Smith’s story are all scientists. He didn’t want to be constrained by the limits of known science, however, so in his hands the electromagnetic spectrum becomes a raw material to be molded into ever-more amazing and lethal forms, and the speed of light is no bar to traveling through the interstellar void.

Come enjoy this story of yesteryear, set in tomorrow, where real women ignite love at a glance, real men achieve in days what governments manage in decades, and aliens are an ever-present threat to Life-As-We-Know-It!

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[Transcriber's note:

Typographical errors have been corrected.

This etext was produced from Amazing Stories January, February, March and April 1934. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]



We are sure that our readers will be highly pleased to have us give the first installment of a story by Dr. Smith. It will continue for several numbers and is a worthy follower of the "Skylark" stories which were so much appreciated by our readers. We think that they will find this story superior to the earlier ones. Dr. Smith certainly has the narrative power, and that, joined with his scientific position, makes him an ideal author for our columns.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 6, 2014
Subject: Review
This is a book that I read as a young man of about 24 years. I loved the book and series at the time and I thought "hey why not?" and I decided to listen to it and re-live the experience. I do not know Phil, the man who read this book to me, but I feel as I now know him well. Phil is very easy to listen to, he has the amazing ability to change his voice throughout the book so that the characters come to life as he reads. Thanks Phil you did a great job and you made the book a real thrilling adventure to re-live after all these years. The book is old, let's face it, but the themes and the technology that Doc refers to is amazing, he must have had an incredible imagination for a man of his time. I loved listening to the Book Triplanetary and apart from the corny 'love' moments interspersed throughout the book, I still rate this book as a MUST READ or better still a MUST LISTEN TO for avid Sci Fi fans. In fact the whole series is a great read. Once again top job Phil.

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