Thursday, March 19, 1970

Author - Smith, E.E. "Doc"

Birth: May 2, 1890.

Death: August 31, 1965.

Comments: E.E. "Doc" Smith was an author of science fiction whose work could best be described as "over the top space opera". Smith earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho, and then his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from George Washington University (giving rise to his nickname "Doc"). He worked as a chemist for the U.S. government during World War I, and requested an exemption from the draft because of his work. After the war he went to work for F.W. Stock & Sons as a food chemist, apparently working on doughnut mixes.

In 1920 Smith began writing science fiction for publication, producing the Skylark series, and then beginning in the 1930s, the Lensman series. Smith's work has been hugely influential in the science fiction genre, and the influence of his work can be found in comic books such as the Green Lantern, in science fiction movies like Star Wars, and in science fiction television shows like Babylon 5.

     

My reviews of E.E. "Doc" Smith's books:
Children of the Lens
First Lensman
Galactic Patrol
Gray Lensman
Second Stage Lensman
Triplanetary

Other books by E.E. "Doc" Smith that I have read but not reviewed:
None

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