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To the Far Reaches of Space (1928)
Robot Nemesis (1934)
Pirates of Space (1934)
The Vortex Blaster (1941)
Tedric (1953)
Lord Tedric (1954)
Subspace Survivors (1960)
The Imperial Stars (1964)
Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages
Published November 11th 1975 by Orbit (first published November 1975)
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Jun 17, 2015 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
At times the writing approaches grandeur: two humans in a spaceship racing at inconceivable velocity reflect wordlessly on their own insignificance in the sight of star systems racing by. And then someone says something, and the illusion is shattered. Smith can't write dialog that doesn't sound like weirdly out of date slang, clunkily recited by robots.

Elements of Smith's stories repeat to the point were it all runs together: everything has energy projectors and force screens that radiate throug
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Shelves: space-opera
‘Few authors have made such an impact as EE ‘Doc’ Smith did at his first appearance in 1928, or have continued so long to delight a host of fans. Indeed, his novel ‘The Skylark of Space’ opened the door for the most extravagant excursions of super-science into the remotest regions and led the way for ‘space opera’. Even now the sweeping epics of ‘Skylark’ arte still relished for their sheer exuberance, their cosmic imagery and the rip-roaring adventure.’

Blurb from the 1975 Orbit paperback editio
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I certainly enjoyed this collection. I think I especially liked his essay "The Epic of Space" in which he describes his approach to writing. Like so many authors he confirms that while he plans his works his characters have a tendency to walk away from him and do their own thing. One point that I read which do agree with is that his main characters are such superior beings that one never really doubts that they will come through victorious. They are clearly in the same mold as Doc Savage or even ...more
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Edward Elmer Smith (also E. E. Smith, E. E. Smith, Ph.D., E. E. "Doc" Smith, Doc Smith, "Skylark" Smith, or—to his family—Ted), was an American food engineer (specializing in doughnut and pastry mixes) and an early science fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera.
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