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If you asked my what my favorite Sci-Fi series was, it would not be Doctor Who nor Star Trek Nor even Star Wars.

LENSMEN.

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E.E “Doc” Smith INVENTED Space Opera.  And nobody…NOBODY did it better than him.

You ever see that cover of Amazing Stories from the issue that introduced Buck Rogers?  here it is,

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A lot of people assume that’s Buck Rogers on the cover.  But t'isn’t - it’s a scene from Doc Smith’s previous classic The Skylark of Space.  A scientist goes from inventing a new propulsion process to building a spaceship in what seems like two weeks.  And it is glorious.

Lensmen  took the scale that people were writing science fiction and ruined it. Galactic-level scope, dating back to the birth of the galaxies, entire planets uses as projectile weapons…it was awesome.

And the books still work today, if you could friggin’ FIND copies.  The only edition recently in print are quite expensive trade paperbacks, with intros by J. Michael Straczynski.  

Some years ago, he was working on scripts for a film version, with Ron Howard directing.  It seems to have died on the vine, but god damn, I want it to happen.

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My most prized literary possession.  It’s a first print Fantasy Press edition of E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Triplanetary, first of the Lensmen series.  (As with most series, not the first written, but work with me)

My friend found this at a thrift store.

It’s inscribed.  Not just signed, inscribed, to a person.  Big difference, bibliophilically speaking. 

If you’ve never read Smith’s work, do so - the man invented Space Opera, and as a rule, the reason things catch on is cause the first example at it is SO good that it makes other people want to do it too.

At last report, Ron Howard had the movie rights and J. Michael Straczynski (One of the few bigger Lensfen than me) was working on the script.  I live in hope.

Lensman · A Japanese production

Released in 1984 · Based on the classic science fiction novel Galactic Patrol by E. E. “Doc” Smith

Running Time: 107 Minutes · Directed By: Yoshiaki Kawajiri & Kazuyuki Hirokawa

Lensman took four years and $10 million to make.

Synopsis:

In the 25th Century, Kimball Kinnison is an eager young pilot from a lonely agricultural planet called Mquie. Kim is living a peaceful life with his father as a farmer on their planet until one day when a runaway spaceship is detected moving at a high speed towards his father’s farm. The Galactic Fleet ship Britannia manned by Lensmen is fast approaching the planet Mquie with vital data about the location of the villainous Boskone Empire’s Devil Planet. As the spaceship is about to crash land in their corn field, Kim, being the excellent pilot that he is, boards the ship before it crashes and lands it himself, along with his companion, Van Buskirk.

On board the ship they find a severely injured, dying man whom with his dying words begs Kim to take something of his to the Galactic Fleet. The man has a legendary Lens — a semi-sentient crystalline device — embedded in his hand. As the Lensman is dying, he mysteriously passes on the Lens to Kim.

Kim becomes involved in a galaxywide battle between the forces of good and evil when this mysterious Lens of the Galactic Patrolman attaches itself to his wrist. It has turned Kim into a Lensman. Other than giving Kim unknown powers, it also contains vital information for the victory of the Galactic Fleet over the evil Boskone Empire. Kim must now bring the Lens to the Galactic Fleet. But this is not an easy task when Lord Helmet of the Boskone Empire is willing to use everything in his power to stop him.

Pursued by the Boskonians, Kimball, and the burly engineer Van Buskirk, along with spaceship Britannia inhabitants nurse Clarissa MacDougall, and the reptilian Lensman Worzel, undergo a dangerous journey to return the information to the Galactic Patrol.

Kim is soon zipping between planets on the spaceship Britannia, fighting the evil Boskone Empire with some help from the roaring Von Buskirk, and their other alien companions. Kim must find out the purpose of the Lens before the Boskone dynasty does.

Lensman is a visual adventure for the eyes. Watch as young Kim must survive the perils of the galaxy as the mysterious and frightening villains close in on his every move. With the Boskone secrets trapped within the powerful Lens Kim is gifted with, it is his responsibility to relay it to the Galatic Fleet before the Boskone Empire can catch him… but with their willingness to destroy entire worlds to get at him, does he even stand a chance?

Great British Motorsport Hero

Sir Sterling Moss A true legend of Motorsport visited Ireland 50 years ago today, Lensmen were on hand to capture  Sterling Moss, British Motor Racing Champion, who is in Ireland for the weekend, obliged Page Boy Charlie McCarthy with his autograph, as he left his Dublin Hotel with his wife on a shopping tour of the city.

OMG! Salman Slaps His Bodyguard...

OMG! Salman Slaps His Bodyguard…

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FilmyMantra was right there when Salman partied merrily with Sussanne Roshan and Preity Zinta last night. When he dropped them till their respective cars and got mobbed. Price to pay for fame. Suddenly, Salman turned around and slapped one of his bodyguards! The bouncer in question had got a bit carried away and started pushing the media lensmen who’d started to come in after our story went…

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OMG! Salman Slaps His Bodyguard...

OMG! Salman Slaps His Bodyguard…

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FilmyMantra was right there when Salman partied merrily with Sussanne Roshan and Preity Zinta last night. When he dropped them till their respective cars and got mobbed. Price to pay for fame. Suddenly, Salman turned around and slapped one of his bodyguards! The bouncer in question had got a bit carried away and started pushing the media lensmen who’d started to come in after our story went…

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