Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series
Triplanetary was first serialized in Amazing Stories in 1934. After the Lensman series became popular, Smith took his Triplanetary story and turned it into the first of the Lensman series, using it as a prequel to give the back story for the protaganists in the Lensmen series. He added 6 new chapters, doubling it in size and it's really a different book from the serialized novel, being published 14 years after the first. It was put into Gutenberg just last year.
The novel covers several episodes in an eons-long eugenics project of the super-intelligences of the Arisia. This alien race is breeding two genetic lines to become the ultimate weapon in Arisia's cosmic war with their arch enemy, the Eddore. The initial chapters cover the Kinnison genetic line during the fall of Atlantis and Nero's (Gharlane of Eddore) 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, two very important members of the eugenics project, are introduced. They will play the leading roles in the next story, First Lensman. (Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert)(10 hr 31 min)
|Arisia and Eddore||22:08||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|The Fall of Atlantis||49:53||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|The Fall of Rome||36:53||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|1918||28:31||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|1941||47:12||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|19—?||27:30||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Pirates of Space||41:17||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|In Roger's Planetoid||38:12||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Fleet Against Planetoid||26:23||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Within the Red Veil||44:43||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Nevian Strife||40:37||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Worm, Submarine, and Freedom||15:54||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|The Hill||27:13||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|The Super-Ship Is Launched||24:21||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Specimens||10:01||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Super-Ship in Action||32:24||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Roger Carries On||46:19||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|The Specimens Escape||38:28||Read by Phil Chenevert|
|Giants Meet||33:10||Read by Phil Chenevert|
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Excellent story! Well read of course. 10 hours of wonderful entertainment.
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Phil Chenevert's reading is clear and well paced. I look forward to more of his renditions. Thank you very much.
Awesome story - great ride!
Phil is a great reader, and this story was well done. I also listened to the other version and it too is wonderfully done. I hope the subsequent versions are read soon!
I believe this to be Phil's best narration ever. His wonderful & consistent use of distinct character voices only serves to make this book all that more enjoyable.
What an extraordinary story!
It's brilliantly read by Phil. As are all his readings.
great great great story!!! and of course excellent job by the wonderful and incredibly missed Phil Chenevert
Excellent book by an excellent writer. While reading "Roger's planetoid" think "Death Star," and you will know what George Lucas read growing up!!!!!
Excellent! A must for Sci Fi fans!!
A classic Sci Fi story! The 'Doc' produces the goods again. Rays, Shields, Alien culture all wonderfully brought to life by Phil Chenevert. Another excellently read book. A must for Sci Fi fans!!