As The Dragon Lensman opens, the Boskonian conspiracy seems to have been vanquished with its defeat at the great Battle of Klovia, and the victorious Galactic Patrol is busy re-orienting itself to face the new challenges of policing a galaxy instead of defending it against a ruthless invader. Like all of his species, Worsel resembles the mythological dragons of old Tellus Earth , with a sinewy, ten-meter-long body covered in scales and boasting great wings and terrifying claws and teeth. But Worsel's real strength is his mind and its unmatched psychic abilities, concentrated and focused by the Lens shining among his many eye-stalks. And it is the intuition bred of that power that now draws Worsel to the Velantians' incredible archive, the mile-wide artificial moon known as the Planetoid of Knowledge, where he feels certain something important is waiting for him. He is right -- but what awaits him on POK is more than he bargained for, and before long Worsel and his fellow Lensmen are racing against time to confront a threat that almost no one had thought possible: machines becoming self-aware and battling against organic Civilization, their calcuating computer brains invisible to any kind of psychic detection! To counter this new menace, the Dragon Lensman finds himself hurtling through space to rendez-vous with the one Lensman who understands robots well enough to strategize against an inorganic uprising -- the mysterious Twenty-Four of Six, whose knowledge of machines turns out to be deeper and more hard-won than even Worsel could guess.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. With E. Smith long gone, the readers who loved his Lensman series could only hope for an addition like those that followed Dune. Dune's sequels followed even explained , in perfect style- the original series. This book breaks E.
Smith created whole technologies, within the constraints of his era's science. This book breaks all the technological parameters set by Smith. This just does not fit. If you want to return to the worlds of Tellus and Klovia, where Lensmen guard the galaxy, men were men, and girls were girls, this book is NOT for you. Anderson's ability who wrote the 6 new Dune novels.
Those of you who enjoyed the original Lensman series will enjoy this new er story, which faithfully follows the traditions of the Doc's original works. Newcomers to things in the universe of the Lensman should locate one of the originals first, starting with Triplanetary. For this book, we see that Worsel and the 2nd stage lensmen have as yet untold adventures, combatting those evil denizens of Eddore.
Ripping good stuff! Unfortunately, the sequels to E. Doc Smith's Lensman series have not been up to the task. The Dragon Lensman arrived as advertized I was very happy with the book in terms of its physical condition. However, David Kyle's writing style, as was William B. Ellern's style in trying to re-create the 'flavor' of the Doc Smith classics, is just not up to the task.
All of the characters are there and the universe is Doc's but the original Doc Smith yarns just cannot be matched. Doc was unique. His lexicon was unique for the 40's and his writing was straightforward and uncomplicated. Ellern and Kyle spin good stories but they are far too complicated to be reminiscent of The Lensmen and other Doc Smith series.
Kyle's The Dragon Lensman was published in the 's and it has elements of Star Trek, Star Wars, and other creations that were not close to Doc's time but were more the elements of more recent writing than Doc's era. The Dragon Lensman is a good yarn on its own but if you are after a sequal to the Lensman series, you will be disappointed. With all due respect to A. Van Gogt, who said on the flyleaf "From the first dramatically written paragraph, the feeling begins - and stays- that 'Doc' Smith is back!
Do yourself a favor and leave a lot of time between reading the Lensman series and reading either of the two subsequent writers who attempted sequels.
There was only one Doc Smith. Cherish his six Lensman novels as a stand-alone masterpiece of science fiction. This is billed as a continuation of the Lensman saga, and a story about Worsel.
The first is true; the second isn't. In this era of Star Wars: Expanded Universe, and endless Star Trek novels, not to mention the Brian Herbert's prequels, and pre-prequel Dune novels, you get used to other people wanting to build upon others ingenuity.
However, most of the time, to books read like a mediocre episode of the series. It is not that Kyle has big shoes to fill. Rather, he has quirky shoes that are several decades out of style. You can forgive Doc Smith for writing pulp because he was a bona fide pulp writer. Kyle, however, has a better soul, prose, and style that does not flow well with Doc Smith's.
In some ways, this is an improvement. Doc could get word and awk-"wordy" at times. The pacing was too quick at times, and the breezy slang can be like reading another language. This slows the modern reader down. I think Kyle has only two problems. One, he tweaks the Lensman continuum too much. With 29 of 6 not getting the regenerative treatment that was already established "Second Stage Lensman," it was a hefty discontinuity.
Since this is a main character, it did not seem believable. Then there is the problems of el-sike, a purely Kyle invention which doe not flow out of the original Doc cannon. Second, you could feel the influence of other SF in this book-Pok reminded me of the Death Star, Arrowa here-and-gone character-was Hal with a stutter. The last and biggest problem is that this story is not about Worsel, but about Kallatra.
The Old Snake is the point of view character, but he is not the main character, in the same way that Holmes provides the POV, with Sherlock the main charter. The resolution of the plot hinges upon Kallatra. Consequently, she steals all of Worsel's potential thunder. The Snake is more of a mentor no pun intended , with Kinnison and Mentor being redundant beings.
I find Kallatra a very disturbing character. She appears out of nowhere, is the central being to the plot, and undergoes an agonizing near death with the entire Galactic Patrol and Lensman Corps looking on in awe.
But do not expect the same type of book. It is an easier read, but not as good a story. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
The Dragon Lensman
The series was published in magazines before being collected and reworked into the better-known series of books. The complete series in internal sequence with original publication dates is as follows. Originally, the series consisted of the four novels Galactic Patrol , Gray Lensman , Second Stage Lensmen , and Children of the Lens , published between and in the magazine Astounding Stories. First Lensman was written in to act as a link between Triplanetary and Galactic Patrol and finally, in the years up to , Smith revised the rest of the series to remove inconsistencies between the original Lensman chronology and Triplanetary. The series begins with Triplanetary , beginning two billion years before the present time and continuing into the near future. The universe has no life-forms aside from the ancient Arisians, and few planets besides the Arisians' native world.