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Triplanetary by E.E. "Doc" Smith
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Sep 15, 2010

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** This story was originally serialized in 1934, and is great for having both original (now classic) "space opera" elements and some of the most hilarious (from the modern perspective) descriptions of chaste Gone-with-the-wind love.

It appears to have been slightly ripped off by George Lucas in Star Wars; there is the evil super-genius warlord figure whose gigantic battle ship shaped like a planetoid (*cough* death-star *cough*) is destroyed and has to start building another one (*cough* strikes back *cough*).

There is also this most hilarious of lines: "Clio's lithely rounded form nestled against Costigan's powerful body as his mighty arms tightened around her; his neck and shoulder were no less enthusiastically clasped, and less strongly only because of her woman's slighter musculature."

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