Masters of the Vortex

Masters of the Vortex Runaway Vortex A churning nuclear fireball appearing out of nowhere bringing utter destruction and countless numbers of them were menacing planets throughout the Galaxy Storm Cloud nucleonic genius
  • Title: Masters of the Vortex
  • Author: E.E. "Doc" Smith
  • ISBN: 9780515030006
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Masters of the Vortex
    Runaway Vortex A churning nuclear fireball, appearing out of nowhere, bringing utter destruction and countless numbers of them were menacing planets throughout the Galaxy Storm Cloud, nucleonic genius, set out in his spaceship Vortex Blaster to track and destroy the mysterious vortices and embarked on a saga of adventure, discovery and conflict among the far stars thatRunaway Vortex A churning nuclear fireball, appearing out of nowhere, bringing utter destruction and countless numbers of them were menacing planets throughout the Galaxy Storm Cloud, nucleonic genius, set out in his spaceship Vortex Blaster to track and destroy the mysterious vortices and embarked on a saga of adventure, discovery and conflict among the far stars that could have been told only by the incomparable Doc Smith.
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  • E.E. "Doc" Smith

    Edward Elmer Smith also E.E Smith, E.E Smith, Ph.D E.E Doc Smith, Doc Smith, Skylark Smith, or to his family Ted , was an American food engineer specializing in doughnut and pastry mixes and an early science fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series He is sometimes called the father of space opera.

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  • Nice to read a novel set in the Lensmen universe, but not starring one of the Lensmen although they still feature prominently in this tale It was also interesting to note that computers make their first appearance in the series and that absolutely no one uses a slide rule in this book In fact, Dr Neal Cloud is a human computing machine, performing feats of calculation unmatched by other mortals He is partnered with Joan Jankowski because of her expertise with computers, which are improving but a [...]


  • Typically my one star ratings are Note to self you started this and didn t like it You probably won t remember it, but don t bother with this in the future Not this one It s crap right to the end There was one semi interesting chapter two thirds of the way in, but that was it Nerds in love Literally eye rollingly disgusting The author s idea of a flawed character is one whose jaw angle measures only 89.9999 degrees There was a line somewhere in the book stating that the protagonist was something [...]


  • The Vortex Blaster is a collection of three science fiction short stories by author Edward E Smith, Ph.D It was simultaneously published in 1960 by Gnome Press in an edition of 3,000 copies and by Fantasy Press in an edition of 341 copies The book was originally intended to be published by Fantasy Press, but was handed over to Gnome Press when Fantasy Press folded Lloyd Eshbach, of Fantasy Press, who was responsible for the printing of both editions, printed the extra copies for his longtime cus [...]


  • A swashbuckling tale of a man that through a combination of circumstances is the only man in the galaxy able to blast atomic vortexes The story is a chronicle of his adventures across the galaxy, where along with blasting vortexes he uses his knowledge of physics and his prodigy level mathematically ability to solve crimes, rescue damsels in distress and eventually uncover the secret behind the atomic vortexes.


  • Another tough read Highly technical in nature, this work didn t flow well for the layman reader The hard science makes this not readily available for the common man, even with the 50 or so years from the original creation date to today I believe that the dated science actually works against the title rather than helps it along Written during the Atomic Revolution of the 60s SF era, the vortices probably could have been modernly called wormholes or micro black holes but the author seemingly want [...]


  • I d meant to slap a review in here sooner Short form landfill metaphor See prior Lensman reviews for expansion of that.Atomic energy in the Lensman universe has a much cooler form of pollution than ours Their atomic energy plants sometimes accidentally spawn self sustaining atomic vortices that wander around spewing lethal hard radiation and heat Picture a hybrid of a permanent nuclear explosion and tornado That s so much cooler than just slowly decaying radioactive waste causing cancer rates to [...]


  • A side story set in the Lensman universe, this has an interesting premise but fails to do it justice The hero is not a Lensman, but a scientist working with the Galactic Patrol, and his ultimate problem is not a villain but an environmental disaster, flying vortices of atomic disintegration which are produced as an occasional side effect of atomic power Storm Cloud s unique ability to destroy these vortices is based on his ability to do calculations in his head instantaneously This set up could [...]


  • I just finished the entire Lensman series, all seven books in seven weeks It was a rollicking good ride Pure pulp space opera It reminds me of Jack Kirby s Fourth World, in that the plots are unpredictable in a good, mind blowing way It has the snappy dialogue like Hammett It reminds me of Star Wars Episode IV, with its bickering romance of Han and Leia It reminds me of Heinlein s powerfully unique characters who talk like no one really talks, but who cares because it s entertaining It reminds m [...]


  • Ahah I thought at the end of 6 that we seemed to have reached the end of the Lensman saga, and that s partly true with the subject of 7 It s almost as if this is the start of another series which builds and focuses on the purely thought based side of things Still a great story and still keeps you wondering till the end about the story and the plot, but quite different from the first six.


  • I have to agree with the consensus on this one It takes place in the same universe as the Lensman series, but is not really part of that saga The science in the book is dated to say the least In the book atomic energy sometimes creates atomic vortexes, which are like atomic tornadoes These can be snuffed out by explosives, but you need to calculate the exact amount of explosive to use and do it at the exact moment You can compute the exact amount ten seconds ahead, but no computer can do the cal [...]


  • Again, this is a book written in the 50 s and published in the 1960 s, so you have to take it within that context E.E Doc Smith, PhD, was a hero to many of today s modern speculative fiction writers This held up for me a lot better when I first read this back in the early 1970 s and then again in the 1980 s Now, it seems very dated in its concepts.I tend to look at books in much the same way that Heinlein presented things in The Number Of The Beast where every book of fiction actually exists as [...]


  • I was surprised when I liked this book Bought it at the Habitat ReStore, where I go every few months to scan for science fiction hardly ever find any for some reason and had never read any Doc Smith before I expected some of that ratchety old thirties kind of unreadable scientifiction from that era because of the name, but found out the book was published in 1961 and that E.E Doc Smith was actually a read scientist who knew his stuff The book is sort of a linked set of stories with an overarchin [...]


  • Possible the worst follow up ever to s pretty strong series, this had the feel of Spaceballs 2 the sequal This time its about money Forgive me Mel Brooks for what was surely a misquote by me, though I think it gets the point across This is in the vein of how Larry Niven writes books in his Know Space arena, that are only peripherally tied in by the place and timeline in which they take place The difference being Niven creates unique and interesting characters for his different novels, and Doc [...]


  • The Vortex Blaster could be much than it actually is Almost everything here is superficial The characters are dull, the protagonist is some kind of superman that never got my empathy and the action is too fast for my taste Except for the last chapter I would rate the whole book as very much boring I was almost sure that the story was not going to bring me anything special or worth thinking of, but I must confess that the ending is well done and much stronger than the rest of the book.


  • Not worth reading Period.Set in the same universe as the main Lensman series but in an entirely different universe when it comes to plot, people someone does use the Kinnison name in a radio message , baddies, locations, basically anything that makes a story worth reading Billed as a sequel to The Children of the Lens it is actually a sequel to nothing at all This is, beyond any doubt, the most disappointing book that I ever waited for.


  • Another interesting story set in the Lensman universe Obviously not part of the Lensman saga, it uses some of the technologies and abilities of those series of novels to explore an entirely different idea and new races cultures As a companion story to the Lensman series, it provides of the same for folks who just couldn t get enough, but doesn t have any depth than the Lensman novels, and doesn t have the over arching plot of that series to save it from mediocrity.


  • Good follow on bookAfter the lensman series this book at first seemed out of place However having read it a few times after re reading that series, Masters of the Vortex did in its own way close the series In a way it is a lesson we may do well to draw on as we seek intelligent life in the Cosmos What we seek, may be very similar to us, but it could also be so alien we don t even perceive it all.


  • Sometimes you must go through hell to get the right attitude.Audio Book MP3 downloaded fromlibrivox short science ficPublic Domain stories from Project Gutenberg, that are read by volunteers I listen to these short stories while walking to and from work.Play Duration 00 46 13 Read By Gregg Margarite


  • The last book in the lensman series was fun and even though the main concept of an atomic vortex was kind of silly the story was to the same high standard as the first six in the series Fun, a good light read from the 1930 s.


  • I had heard reading Masters of the Vortex was like reading a bunch of classic Trek episodes, it s not.However the beginning definitely has a proto SciFi Series Pilot feel to it and once it gets going it s a lot of fun Lensmen style I dare say it would make a nice little mini series.


  • Not bad Neat to have a story in the Lensman verse where Lensmen weren t the protagonists and neat that he failed the Lensman test but they why is he a super brain that the Five hiya, Children chose to recognize elevate





  • I read this one a LONG time ago The Lensman series is a classic which I periodically go back and reread Love it


  • I read this one for completion s sake, but it s not as good as the other Lensman novels It doesn t even really feature lensmen.




  • The Lensmen saga has a pulpy epic brilliance, this isn t really part of the saga at all and thus has all that s bad about Smith s writing with very little of the good.


  • This was cheesy Endearingly so It was fun, all said and done In a really silly, embarrassing kind of way.


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