Triplanetary - Audiobook by E. E. Smith
By E. E. Smith
An audiobook read by Mark F. Smith
Genre: Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction, Science Fiction
Edward Elmer Smith, Ph.D. (May 2, 1890 � August 31, 1965) was an American food engineer (specializing in doughnut and pastry mixes) and early science fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera.
Triplanetary is a science fiction novel and space opera by American writer E. E. Smith. It was first serialized in the magazine Amazing Stories in 1934. After the original four novels of the Lensman series were published, Smith expanded and reworked Triplanetary into the first of two prequels for the series. The expanded Triplanetary was published in book form in 1948 by Fantasy Press. The second prequel, First Lensman, was a new original novel published in 1950 by Fantasy Press.
The novel covers several episodes in an eons-long human breeding project by the super-intelligences of the Arisians. This alien race is breeding two genetic lines to become the ultimate weapon in Arisia's cosmic war with their arch-enemies, the Eddorians. The initial chapters cover the Kinnison genetic line during the fall of Atlantis and Nero's reign in Rome. These tales were inserted into the novel following the serialized release, along with chapters covering members of the Kinnison line in World Wars One, Two, and Three.
The final chapter of Triplanetary tells of the discovery of the inertialess drive that allows faster-than-light travel. Patrolman Conway Costigan and his friends engage in a space battle with Gray Roger the pirate gangster. This conflict is complicated by the arrival of the technologically superior, extra-Solar, amphibian-like Nevians, resulting in the first interstellar war involving humans. In this story Virgil Samms and Roderick Kinnison, important members of the two breeding lines, are introduced.
01 - 00:00:00 - Pirates of Space
02 - 00:41:13 - In Roger's Planetoid
03 - 01:18:06 - Fleet Against Planetoid
04 - 01:43:29 - Within the Red Veil
05 - 02:24:02 - Nevian Strife
06 - 03:03:57 - Worm, Submarine, and Freedom
07 - 03:19:17 - The Hill
08 - 03:46:26 - The Super-Ship Is Launched
09 - 04:00:26 - Specimens
10 - 04:10:41 - The Boise Acts
11 - 04:44:16 - Roger Carries On
12 - 05:17:48 - The Specimens Escape
13 - 05:56:37 - The Meeting of the Giants
- This audiobook is from Librivox. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain.
- Running Time: 06:25:24
- Read by: Mark F. Smith
- Book Coordinator: Mark F. Smith
- Meta Coordinator: David Lawrence
- Proof Listener: Ans Wink
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