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E.E. "Doc" Smith
The inventor of space opera. His purple space war tales remain well-read generations later.


Which science fiction writer are you?



Is it really bad that I've never heard of this guy?

Update: Okay, I was doing a little research on the guy and this made me laugh: "Yes, The Lensman Series, can easily be seen as the literary ancestor of Stargate SG-l and Stargate Atlantis because it is much more profound than reviews might make it seem. Seemingly a much derided Space Opera, the Lensman Series taken as a whole presents a true Hero (a man who will die rather than betray his ethical and moral standards)who, like our best detectives, won't stop until he's solved the mystery he only suspects might be there. The Lensman Series presents an idea about Earth's History that has the same eerie plausibility that I find in the Stargate Saga."
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You should give his stuff a try, particularly the Lensmen series. Very, very early SF, so it's probably not exactly like the stuff you're used to reading, but worth it if only for the historical literary significance. And don't be surprised if elements of it seem familiar... as is the case with most original works, a lot of the stuff that came after borrowed heavily from it (I just remember a review, once, of Heinlein's The Puppetmasters where the reviewer talked about how derivative it was... when it was the original, and everything else was actually derivative of it).
I remember reading the Lensman books over and over when I was in high school. The last four books in the series were originally serialized in the late thirties to late forties, and the first two books added later. Given how old they are, they're really great novels.

Now they don't really have romance in them, though I guess there is some to a certain extent. They're really more about the "space opera" type tale.

I loved them.