September 24, 2012

Helmut speaking for Boskone

It's been years, even decades, since I last read those words.

"Helmut speaking for Boskone. Your report is neither complete nor conclusive."

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 08:20 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 One of the books you're reading?

Posted by: Jaked at September 24, 2012 10:12 PM (jg3Wg)

2 E. E. 'Doc' Smith's Lensman series.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 24, 2012 11:09 PM (PiXy!)

3 Galactic Patrol

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2012 03:19 AM (+rSRq)

4 An awesome series.  Anybody who wants to write grand space opera is well advised to read up on Doc Smith.

Posted by: metaphysician at September 25, 2012 05:28 AM (3GCAl)

5 Yeah, but I always thought that bit about him having golden eyes was a bit much.

What?  Oh, you said Doc Smith, not Doc Savage.  My bad!

I also recommend his Skylark series.  The parallels in the fourth book with some of Heinlein's later works are interesting..

Posted by: ubu at September 25, 2012 05:43 AM (SlLGE)

6 He could also be accused of having invented the Sorting Algorithm of Evil -- except that he shows us the final boss at the very beginning of the very first book. (Which wasn't written first, I should mention.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2012 05:59 AM (+rSRq)

7 I reread Doc Smith every few years, to keep my sensawunda exercised.


Posted by: J Greely at September 25, 2012 07:57 AM (2XtN5)


One thing I'm running into while reading Galactic Patrol is the same thing I ran into with some of the Nero Wolfe books: someone used a spell checker on the output of the OCR, and it's "fixed" some of the proper names.

In a couple of the Wolfe books, Orrie Cather has been renamed Orrie Gather. And just now, in the last part of Galactic Patrol, the planet Trenco has been renamed Trench. Sigh.

What's stupid about this is that in other Wolfe books, Orrie's name is right, and in the early part of Galactic Patrol they got Trenco's name right.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2012 08:44 AM (+rSRq)

9 This is going strickly from memory, but I think it was "Helmuth," with an "h" at the end.  But I could be wrong.  It's been a while.

Posted by: Dave Young at September 25, 2012 08:48 AM (ZPlWT)

10 Well, a bunch of things have been varying. Thionite just became "thlonite", for instance.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2012 08:52 AM (+rSRq)

11 And... Lundmark's Nebula became "Landmark's Nebula". Groan.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 25, 2012 09:36 AM (+rSRq)

12 He's also the namer for the Lensman Arms Race

( warning:  TVTropes )

Posted by: metaphysician at September 25, 2012 10:35 AM (3GCAl)

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