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Children of the Lens

Lensman Series, Book 6
Narrated by: Reed McColm
Series: Lensman, Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years have passed since the events in Second State Lensman. Kimball Kinnison and his wife, Clarrissa, now have five children - the "Children of the Lens". As the offspring of generations of selected matings, they are the most brilliant and capable minds in the universe. Their mission: to conclude the Boskonian war.

Children of the Lens is the sixth and concluding volume of the classic Lensman series, long recognized as the greatest space opera ever written.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Lensman series.
©2006 The Estate of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Virginia Kidd, Inc. (P)2006 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with The Estate of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Virginia Kidd, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The most towering figure in science fiction, thanks to the enormous scope of his novels." (Isaac Asimov)
"If you wish to understand the roots of modern science fiction, you have to read the Lensman saga." (Allen Steele)
"A finalist for a special Hugo Award for All-Time Best Series, 'Lensman' is considered by many sf heads to be the greatest of the space operas and clearly a source for such successors as Star Trek and Star Wars." ( Library Journal)

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  • Noah
  • New York, New York
  • 08-04-11

Titanic

A fittingly titanic end to the first and (possibly) greatest space opera series of all time!

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  • DJM
  • Franklin, TN USA
  • 03-18-09

Lensman Series is Still Fun

Okay. The narrator of this series is not the best. Nevertheless, this story still works if you can get past some of writing (the "look of eagles" in the eyes of Lensmen for instance). If you've never dipped into these before, get Galactic patrol, Gray Lensman, Second Stage Lensmen and Children of the Lens in that order. If you are still hooked, go back and pick up First lensman. You have to be a real diehard lensmen fan to slug through Triplanetary.

This is classic space opera, good versus evil, with the guys in the white hats destined to win. Smith wasn't very good at envisioning future technology, but he comes up with some fun ideas. The inertialess drive is an interesting solution to FSL travel and the negasphere is one of the best Sci_Fi weapons ever imagined. His aliens are fun too, especially the frigid planet dwellers. Considering that the series was started in the late 30s, it holds up amazingly well.

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  • Tim Bamford
  • 02-14-17

app woes

as usual E E Doc Smith's portrayal of the Lens men and women is exceptional it's just a shame the app is so poor

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  • Alan R
  • 02-01-16

No school like the old school?

I first read the Lensman series over 40 years ago . The story still lacks nothing overall but it is clearly even more dated now (in some ways), than it was back in the 1970s. All of that said, these are still ripping good yarns!

The only downside (other than the dated science in places) is the narrator's slightly over-bearing/ bombastic tone coupled with stumbling pronunciation - although he is not unique in this.

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  • Ann Ingham
  • 05-12-15

great space opera conclusion

a must read story

the grand and masterly conclusion to the epic classic lens men saga

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  • James
  • 12-24-13

Great Series, Great Conclusion.

I have enjoyed the Lensman series of novels since first reading them in paperback back in the 1970,s. Listening to them via Audible is an added pleasure. I cannot say I have enjoyed Reed McColm's style of reading. Like so many other listeners I find his style bland and at times irritating, but I enjoy these stories so much I guess I'll just put up with it.

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  • Julia Hatch
  • 12-24-12

Classic Scifi

I first read the Lensman Series over 30 years ago and the Audible version did not disappoint. Classic scifi and a really good listen.

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  • Lawrence A Curwood
  • 11-25-17

just completed listening to the "Lensman" series

the first space opera series I ever read, and possibly the first one ever written. set in the far future, but written in the 1940s. a fascinating world where faster than light travel exists but "computers" are people that are good with slide rules. where space pirates get blasted without mercy, unless they're women, because men don't fight women. where any intergalactic problem can be solved with a can-do attitude and a few good space men.

i love the scale and scope of this universe.

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  • Thesle
  • 03-09-15

More of the same

Although you could see that the story need to conclude, no new ideas were introduced to the plot in this book. Some new characters were introduced but played similar roles to the old.

The sibilance in the narrator's voice becomes a little wearing after a while, too.