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.
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.
>>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.
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.
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.
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