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First Lensman

by E.E. "Doc" Smith

Cover artist: Jack Gaughan

Publisher: Pyramid

Pub year: 1967

Cover price: 60¢


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Cover tagline

The Gift of the Secret Planet — Second in the great Lensman series

Back cover text

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!" Samms of the Galactic Patrol went — and came back with the Lens, the strange device that gave its wearer powers no man had ever possessed before.

Samms knew the price of that power would be high. But even he had no idea of the ultimate cost, and the weird destiny waiting for the First Lensman.

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Interior text

Attack from space

The enemy spacefleet arrowed toward the armored mountain — nerve center of the Galactic Patrol. The Patrol battle cruisers swerved to meet them, and a miles-long cone of pure energy ravened out at the invaders, destroying whatever it touched.

But the moment before the force beam struck, thousands of tiny objects dropped from the enemy fleet and, faster than light, flashed straight at their target — each one an atom bomb powerful enough to destroy Patrol headquarters by itself!

The Galactic Patrol — and civilization itself — had seconds to live. Unless a miracle happened....