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CAPTCHA? J______ Which planet is the source of all evil?
 


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This is the board for general science fiction. Most mecha would probably be fine to discuss here as well, I guess.
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Lately I've been reading the Lensman stuff. It's really top-notch, but unfortunately some of the texts that you normally find (even from Gutenberg) have some serious typos. For example, in some of the later books “Ploor” is consistently referred to as “Floor”.
 
So as I've been reading these, I've been fixing up a few of the typos. I'm only about halfway through, but I might as well post these.
 
This is also one series where the correct reading order is not as obvious as it should be, since Smith went back and revised the books to increase continuity. For example, Triplanetary (the novella) was written first, but Triplanetary (the version that fits into the Lensman universe) was written sixth, as a prequel.
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And here's First Lensman, the last of the standard series. This actually answered my question from >>24, or at least acknowledges it: there's a bit where Samms talks to some Palainians in depth. I'm still not fully convinced that the setup of determining a potential Lensman's worth is consistent.
 
I may clean Vortex Blaster after this, but I may decide to save it for later.
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>>27
Since somebody asked about these on 4chan's /m/, I realized I never posted Vortex Blaster. I can't remember if I ever applied the notes I had from proofreading, so it may still have a bunch of typos, but here it is anyway.
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OP, I know this is a dead board, but thank you for your service. I can't tell you how egregious the spelling and formatting mistakes were on the 'official' ebooks on Amazon.


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I've got some links for old pulp SF.
 
- https://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/index.html is a the page for an active(!) project to OCR pulps into damn good pdfs. A lot of it is detective stories and westerns as well.
 
- http://www.thepulp.net/the-hunt/digital-pulp/ is a giant list of pulp archival projects, many of which are defunct by now.
 
- http://www.pulpmags.org/magazines.html seems to have stopped updating within the last year or so, but it has full-volume scans of some classics like Amazing.
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>>8
Looks like Galaxy just got put up on Archive.org, or at least a lot of it (I've been less than impressed with Archive.org's ordering capabilities).
 
https://archive.org/details/galaxymagazine&tab=collection
 
The scan quality seems pretty good, but it's just images. No OCR has been done. Maybe somebody will go through and turn it into EPUB one day or something.
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I stand corrected - there has been some OCR. (I was only looking at the PDF output at first.) It could use some help, though.
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http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/
 
This is a collection of some classic pulp sci-fi. Problem is that a lot of content is duplicated between CDs. If you look at just one thing from this collection, make it the anthology 'The World Turned Upside Down' which you will find in The Best of Jim Baen's Universe CD.


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This is Captain Kathryn Janeway. Please say something nice about her.
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No
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Her series' opening sequence looks like that bit from Yamato.
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>11
She makes a nice klingon.


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Discuss.
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crossover magic
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That's from this, right?
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Lately, I find myself looking for more grounded SF with less hand-waving -- or at least a strict focus on consistency. Some of Heinlein's stuff is good for this, also Stanisław Lem's. Gunbuster is good. Too often, though, (*cough* Bova *cough*) the author seems to make a character drama against a cool background.
 
Jerry Pournelle's CoDominion, which I'm reading now, is quite good. He lets in FTL and a few utility technologies, but the various governments have (in order to prevent super-weapons) clamped down on scientific research, and seeded technical archives with false data.
 
What's some other good, hard SF?
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>>33
Warhammer 40K :^)
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>>39
Seconded. There's a lot of in-depth comparison of various propulsion systems, for example.
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Not really fiction, but The High Frontier is a good read, and probably the hardest you'll get outside of a textbook.


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there's an HD restored copy of Turkish Star Trek
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>>35
This is a lot of fun. Do you know if subtitles can be obtained?
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>36
glacing at google it looks like there's some subs out there for download and there might be a copy on youtube that machine translates


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I haven't been following this. Is it as hilariously over the top as this makes it look?
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Oberstein did nothing wrong.
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Happy Father's Day, Kaiser.
 
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