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It was beginning to look as though no one could prevent the annihilation of the civilized Universe For a weird intelligence was directing the destruction of all civilization from the icy depths of outer space Kim Kinnison of the Galactic Patrol was one of the few men who knew how near the end was And in the last desperate stratagem to save the Universe from total destruction, he knew he had to use his children as bait for the evil powers of the hell planet Ploor .Children of the Lens is the sixth self contained novel in E E Doc Smith s epic Lensman series, one of the all time classics of adventurous, galaxy spanning science fiction....

Title : Children of the Lens (Golden Age Masterworks) (English Edition)
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Language : Englisch
Publisher : Gateway 25 Mai 2017
Number of Pages : 169 Pages
File Size : 861 KB
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Children of the Lens (Golden Age Masterworks) (English Edition) Reviews

  • Roadrunner
    2019-07-28 04:59

    Der Lensmen Zyklus ist wohl eher etwas für Hardcore Fans des Genres, aber dann macht er richtig Spaß. Hirn aus, fallenlassen und die Achterbahnfahrt durch die Geschichte der Zivilisation und ihrer Feinde beginnt.Aber...Wenn man die englische Ausgabe mit der deutschen Übersetzung vergleicht, dann findet man ärgerliche Ungenauigkeiten, sinnentstellende Übersetzungsfehler, entschärfende Formulierungen und sogar komplett gestrichene Absätze.So heißt es im englischen Original in "Galactic Patrol": "I can fix that up with a simple mental treatment that I can give you in five minutes." Im deutschen wird daraus: "Das ist eine Frage der Einstellung." Und das ist noch ein harmloses Beispiel.Auch fehlen der deutschen Fassung die erklärenden Fußnoten, in denen der Autor immer mal wieder Details erläutert, die den Fluß der Handlung ansonsten stören würden.Und wieviel besser und begeisterter als "wurde es [ihm] bewußt, daß dieses Mädchen eine ausgesprochene Schönheit war." klingt "She was a real beauty - a knockout - a seven-sector callout...".Also: Die Originalfassung lesen, zumal die wesentlich leichter verfügbar ist als die uralte deutsche Auflage. Das Original hat klar 5 Sterne verdient. Die deutsche Fassung ist dagegen lahm!

  • None
    2019-08-21 01:56

    I fell this book was rushed. after devoting three books to the devolpment of one 2nd stage lensman, e.e. smith devolpes 5 in just one volume. too many loose ends. gray lensman was the best of the series

  • D M Rodenz
    2019-08-03 06:57

    Space opera at its best. Yes, today's knowledge of the universe makes a space opera such as the Lensman series quite unrealistic and impractical. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Lensman series again for the first time in 40 years. This book is the grand conclusion to the Lensman series of 6 books. All were most enjoyable. However, if you are a stickler for reality, it's best you take a pass. But if a good space opera is your thing, enjoy!

  • Bit Twiddler
    2019-07-25 07:33

    The finale is finally out in ebook. I first read the first book in the series in the 70s. As time went by, found the others and still have tattered copies of the entire series in paperback on my bookshelf. Can't tell you how many times I have read this book. Yes, it is dated but enjoy it as much now as when I first read it so many years ago.

  • Reviewer from Terra
    2019-07-25 09:50

    I really feel this series peaked with galactic patrol. It's kind of repetitive and the characters are fairly two dimensional. Worsel the Velantian is my favorite.

    2019-07-26 07:59

    Solid space opera — but not as good as the previous ones in the series. Fun, but you’re not missing much if you skip it. But nice if you’re a Doc Smith fan.

  • Antinomian
    2019-08-20 08:37

    Having started the six book series with Triplanetary and ending here, I thought the series started to trail off after Galactic Patrol. Triplanetary has been heavily criticized as giving away too much of the series and of the pro- and antagonists too soon. However when the Eddorians are finally confronted here I didn't feel as much as a build up to their powers as Triplanetary instilled. In Triplanetary you really felt that the Eddorians were almost omnipotent beings and the task before the Arisians in seeding planets, including Earth, preparing for the eventual confrontation to save Civilization. Galactic Patrol really carried on the beginning of the series with Kimball Kinnison, but I thought the quality dwindled starting with Gray Lensman and the dated 50's slang really picked up then. It's not just because it's written in the 50's, I've recently read several works by Alfred Bester, Arthur C. Clarke, and others written in the 50's and they have no where near this level of 50's slang.Another thing I started to find unappealing is Smith's heavy regard for the `wide girth' of Kinnison and of his space-ax swinging cohorts. In reality, strong ambition comes often from those that have not been so physically gifted in life and so have to fight their entire lives against people's initial reactions to their appearance. Lois McMaster Bujold's Mountains of Mourning of a diminutive protagonist's personal battle against his grandfather's attitude, and possible disgust, of his physical stature comes to mind. So it is with irony that I can picture some skinny kid sitting outside in the 50's reading this book and `barrel-shaped chests" as the big neighbor kids come up to him and say `hey poindexter, whatcha reading...' or something.However, the originality, and impact this series had upon science fiction cannot be understated and is why I am giving it a respectable four stars. Several reviewers have mentioned that they can see scenes from Star Wars lifted from this series. What I see even more so is what Star Trek lifted from this series. Even down to small details such as a ship having to lower shields in order to fire a weapon against an enemy. And many other movies, tv shows, and books influenced comes to mind including Alien, The 5th Element, Heinlein, certainly the original Star Trek as well as the Next Generation and DeepSpace 9, Wing Commander and others.255 Pages, Publ 1954.