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Lifetime: 1890 - 1965 Passed: ≈ 58 years ago


Food Engineer, Author


United States

E. E. Smith

Edward Elmer Smith, widely known as E. E. Smith, was a prominent American food engineer and science-fiction author who left an indelible mark on the genre. Born on May 2, 1890, Smith's multifaceted career spanned both scientific research and literary creativity. He passed away on August 31, 1965, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and captivate readers.

While Smith's professional achievements in the field of food engineering, particularly his specialization in doughnut and pastry mixes, brought him recognition and success, it is his contributions to science fiction that truly cemented his place in literary history. Smith's imaginative storytelling, visionary concepts, and epic space operas have earned him a dedicated following and enduring acclaim.

One of his most famous works is the Lensman series, which showcases his talent for creating grandiose and intricate narratives. This iconic series follows the adventures of the Galactic Patrol and their battle against cosmic forces of evil. The Lensman series set the stage for the development of the space opera genre, with its epic scope, intricate world-building, and epic battles of good versus evil.

In addition to the Lensman series, Smith also wrote the Skylark series, another highly popular work that pushed the boundaries of imagination and scientific speculation. The Skylark series explores themes of interstellar travel, advanced technology, and encounters with alien civilizations. Smith's storytelling prowess and ability to create rich and engaging worlds made these series beloved classics among science fiction enthusiasts.

Smith's principles as a writer were rooted in optimism and a belief in the potential of humanity to reach new heights. His works often embodied a sense of wonder, emphasizing the triumph of good over evil and the limitless possibilities of scientific advancement. Through his narratives, Smith inspired readers to dream big and envision a future filled with exploration, adventure, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Although Smith's works were primarily written in the early to mid-20th century, his influence on science fiction continues to resonate today. His imaginative concepts, epic storytelling, and pioneering role in the development of the space opera genre have left an indelible mark on subsequent generations of writers and readers. Smith's contributions to science fiction are celebrated and remembered as a testament to the power of the human imagination and the enduring appeal of exploring the unknown.

In conclusion, E. E. Smith was an accomplished American food engineer and science fiction author who brought his unique vision and boundless imagination to the genre. He is best remembered for his Lensman and Skylark series, which showcased his storytelling prowess and influenced the development of science fiction. Through his works, Smith conveyed a sense of optimism, wonder, and the limitless potential of human achievement. His contributions to the genre continue to inspire and captivate readers, securing his place as a revered figure in the realm of science fiction literature.

Books by E. E. Smith

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The Skylark of Valeron

Adventure Science Fiction
Mystery Travels Action Loyalty Civilization Journey Technology Imagination

This book takes readers on a thrilling journey through the cosmos, immersing them in an epic space adventure. Written by the renowned science fiction author E. E. Smith, this book transports readers to a world filled with advanced technology, interst...

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Gray Lensman

Science Fiction Novel
Battle Epic Space Opera Adventure Suspense Alien Discovery Space Exploration

It is an exciting science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey across the cosmos. This book captivates young readers with its blend of action, adventure, and futuristic concepts. Originally published in 1940, "Gray Lensman" is part...

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The Vortex Blaster Makes War

Science Fiction Novel
War Power Nature Technology Humanity Experiences Manipulation Resilience Human Spirit Universe

This is a riveting science fiction novel that transports readers to a futuristic universe teeming with action, suspense, and advanced technology. Set against the backdrop of intergalactic warfare, this book offers a thrilling exploration of the conse...

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Masters of the Vortex

Adventure Science Fiction Novel
Battle Morality Action Exploration Travel Space Technology Universe Preservations

This is a captivating science fiction novel that transports readers to the far reaches of space, where ancient secrets, advanced civilizations, and cosmic forces collide. Written by the visionary author E. E. Smith, this book delivers an enthralling...

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Galactic Patrol

Science Fiction Novel
Battle Epic Heroic Space Opera Thriller Justice Society Alien Technology Space Exploration

In the distant cosmos, a relentless evil threatens to engulf the universe in darkness. "Galactic Patrol" by E. E. Smith thrusts you into a future where the Galactic Patrol, a beacon of order and justice, battles against the sinister Boskone—an alien...

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Masters of Space

Science Fiction Novel
Civilization Justice Challenges political Imagination Mission Universe Compassion

In this gripping tale, humanity stands at the precipice of a new era as they venture into the vast expanse of the cosmos. Led by the intrepid Skip Kinnard, a group of courageous explorers embarks on a mission to chart the uncharted territories of the...

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“Doc” E.E. Smith pretty much invented the space opera genre, and Triplanetary is a good and well-known example. Physics, time, and politics never stand in the way of a plot that gallops ahead without letup. Having earned a PhD in chemical engineering...

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Spacehounds of IPC

When the Inter-Planetary Corporation's (IPC) crack liner “IPV Arcturus” took off on a routine flight to Mars, it turned out to be the beginning of a unexpected and long voyage. There had been too many reports of errors in ship's flight positions from...

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Skylark of Space

The novel begins with the accidental discovery, in a Government laboratory in Washington D. C., of a form of clean nuclear power. Our hero, Dr. Richard Seaton, uses this power to build first a flying belt and then an interstellar spaceship. He later...

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Skylark Three

This is a sequel to The Skylark of Space. The novel concerns Richard Seaton and his allies who have encounters with aliens while fighting DuQuesne and the Fenachrone..(Introduction by Wikipedia)

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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 protagan...

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Vortex Blaster

Uncontrolled, terribly violent Atomic Vortices are slowly destroying civilization on every human planet throughout the galaxy. Nothing can contain or stop them despite the lensmen's best efforts until one destroys the home and family of "Storm" Clou...

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Galaxy Primes

They were four of the greatest minds in the Universe: Two men, two women, lost in an experimental spaceship billions of parsecs from home. And as they mentally charted the Cosmos to find their way back to earth, their own loves and hates were as star...

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First Lensman

The Secret Planet. No human had ever landed on the hidden planet of Arisia. A mysterious space barrier turned back both men and ships. Then the word came to Earth, "Go to Arisia!", Virgil Samms of the Galactic Patrol went--and came back with the Len...

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Lord Tedric

Time is the strangest of all mysteries. Relatively unimportant events, almost unnoticed as they occur, may, in hundreds of years, result in Ultimate Catastrophe. On Time Track Number One, that was the immutable result. But on Time Track Number Two th...

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This is a wonderful combination of far future science fiction with Conan like sword and sorcery; lots of blood, gore, honor and evil. The immensely powerful hero, Tedric, is a man's man who refuses to accept the cruel human sacrifices demanded by...

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Storm Cloud on Deka

Another pulp Science Fiction saga by E.E.'Doc' Smith. The Galactic Civilization is established, lensmen are on every world. But those horrible Atomic Vorteces still rage on many worlds. The only man who can extinguish them, the human computer 'Stor...