Masters of the Vortex

Masters of the Vortex Runaway fireball A churning nuclear vortex appearing out of nowhere wreaking utter destruction and countless numbers of them were menacing planets throughout the galaxy Storm Cloud nucleonic genius

  • Title: Masters of the Vortex
  • Author: E.E. "Doc" Smith
  • ISBN: 9780586038482
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Runaway fireball A churning nuclear vortex, appearing out of nowhere, wreaking utter destruction and countless numbers of them were menacing planets throughout the galaxy Storm Cloud, nucleonic genius, set out in his spaceship Vortex Blaster to track and destroy the mysterious vortices and embarked on a saga of discovery and conflict among the far stars and the worlRunaway fireball A churning nuclear vortex, appearing out of nowhere, wreaking utter destruction and countless numbers of them were menacing planets throughout the galaxy Storm Cloud, nucleonic genius, set out in his spaceship Vortex Blaster to track and destroy the mysterious vortices and embarked on a saga of discovery and conflict among the far stars and the worlds of the LensmenMasters of the Vortex is the seventh self contained novel in E.E Doc Smith s epic Lensman series, one of the all time classics of adventurous, galaxy spanning science fiction.Cover Illustration Chris Foss

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    1. Nice to read a novel set in the Lensmen universe, but not starring one of the Lensmen (although they still feature prominently in this tale). It was also interesting to note that computers make their first appearance in the series and that absolutely no one uses a slide rule in this book. In fact, Dr. Neal Cloud is a human computing machine, performing feats of calculation unmatched by other mortals. He is partnered with Joan Jankowski because of her expertise with computers, which are improving [...]

    2. Typically my one-star ratings are "Note to self: you started this and didn't like it. You probably won't remember it, but don't bother with this in the future." Not this one. It's crap right to the end. (There was one semi-interesting chapter two-thirds of the way in, but that was it.)Nerds in love. Literally eye-rollingly disgusting. The author's idea of a flawed character is one whose jaw angle measures only 89.9999 degrees. There was a line somewhere in the book stating that the protagonist w [...]

    3. The Vortex Blaster is a collection of three science fiction short stories by author Edward E. Smith, Ph.D It was simultaneously published in 1960 by Gnome Press in an edition of 3,000 copies and by Fantasy Press in an edition of 341 copies. The book was originally intended to be published by Fantasy Press, but was handed over to Gnome Press when Fantasy Press folded. Lloyd Eshbach, of Fantasy Press, who was responsible for the printing of both editions, printed the extra copies for his longtime [...]

    4. A swashbuckling tale of a man that through a combination of circumstances is the only man in the galaxy able to blast atomic vortexes. The story is a chronicle of his adventures across the galaxy, where along with blasting vortexes he uses his knowledge of physics and his prodigy-level mathematically ability to solve crimes, rescue damsels in distress and eventually uncover the secret behind the atomic vortexes.

    5. Another tough read. Highly technical in nature, this work didn't flow well for the "layman" reader. The hard science makes this not readily available for the common man, even with the 50 or so years from the original creation date to today. I believe that the dated science actually works against the title rather than helps it along. Written during the Atomic Revolution of the 60s SF era, the vortices probably could have been more modernly called wormholes or micro-black holes but the author seem [...]

    6. I'd meant to slap a review in here sooner. Short form: landfill metaphor. See prior Lensman reviews for expansion of that.Atomic energy in the Lensman universe has a much cooler form of pollution than ours. Their atomic energy plants sometimes accidentally spawn self-sustaining atomic vortices that wander around spewing lethal hard radiation and heat. Picture a hybrid of a permanent nuclear explosion and tornado. That's so much cooler than just slowly-decaying radioactive waste causing cancer ra [...]

    7. A side-story set in the Lensman universe, this has an interesting premise but fails to do it justice. The hero is not a Lensman, but a scientist working with the Galactic Patrol, and his ultimate problem is not a villain but an environmental disaster, "flying vortices of atomic disintegration" which are produced as an occasional side-effect of atomic power. 'Storm' Cloud's unique ability to destroy these vortices is based on his ability to do calculations in his head instantaneously. This set-up [...]

    8. I just finished the entire Lensman series, all seven books in seven weeks. It was a rollicking good ride. Pure pulp space opera. It reminds me of Jack Kirby's Fourth World, in that the plots are unpredictable in a good, mind blowing way. It has the snappy dialogue like Hammett. It reminds me of Star Wars Episode IV, with its bickering romance of Han and Leia. It reminds me of Heinlein's powerfully unique characters who talk like no one really talks, but who cares because it's entertaining. It re [...]

    9. Ahah! I thought at the end of #6 that we seemed to have reached the end of the Lensman saga, and that's partly true with the subject of #7. It's almost as if this is the start of another series which builds and focuses more on the purely thought based side of things. Still a great story and still keeps you wondering till the end about the story and the plot, but quite different from the first six.

    10. I have to agree with the consensus on this one. It takes place in the same universe as the Lensman series, but is not really part of that saga. The science in the book is dated to say the least. In the book atomic energy sometimes creates atomic vortexes, which are like atomic tornadoes. These can be snuffed out by explosives, but you need to calculate the exact amount of explosive to use and do it at the exact moment. You can compute the exact amount ten seconds ahead, but no computer can do th [...]

    11. Again, this is a book written in the 50's and published in the 1960's, so you have to take it within that context. E.E. "Doc" Smith, PhD, was a hero to many of today's modern speculative fiction writers. This held up - for me - a lot better when I first read this back in the early 1970's and then again in the 1980's. Now, it seems very dated in its concepts.I tend to look at books in much the same way that Heinlein presented things in "The Number Of The Beast" where every book of "fiction" actua [...]

    12. I was surprised when I liked this book. Bought it at the Habitat ReStore, where I go every few months to scan for science fiction (hardly ever find any for some reason) and had never read any "Doc" Smith before. I expected some of that ratchety old thirties kind of unreadable 'scientifiction' from that era because of the name, but found out the book was published in 1961 and that E.E."Doc" Smith was actually a read scientist who knew his stuff. The book is sort of a linked set of stories with an [...]

    13. Possible the worst follow up ever to s pretty strong series, this had the feel of Spaceballs 2 the sequal: This time its about money(Forgive me Mel Brooks for what was surely a misquote by me, though I think it gets the point across)This is more in the vein of how Larry Niven writes more books in his "Know Space" arena, that are only peripherally tied in by the place and timeline in which they take place. The difference being Niven creates unique and interesting characters for his different nove [...]

    14. "The Vortex Blaster" could be much more than it actually is. Almost everything here is superficial. The characters are dull, the protagonist is some kind of "superman" that never got my empathy and the action is too fast for my taste. Except for the last chapter I would rate the whole book as "very much boring". I was almost sure that the story was not going to bring me anything special or worth thinking of, but I must confess that the ending is well done and much stronger than the rest of the b [...]

    15. Not worth reading. Period.Set in the same universe as the main Lensman series but in an entirely different universe when it comes to plot, people (someone does use the Kinnison name in a radio message), baddies, locations, basically anything that makes a story worth reading. Billed as a sequel to The Children of the Lens it is actually a sequel to nothing at all. This is, beyond any doubt, the most disappointing book that I ever waited for.

    16. Another interesting story set in the Lensman universe. Obviously not part of the Lensman saga, it uses some of the technologies and abilities of those series of novels to explore an entirely different idea and new races/cultures. As a companion story to the Lensman series, it provides more of the same for folks who just couldn't get enough, but doesn't have any more depth than the Lensman novels, and doesn't have the over-arching plot of that series to save it from mediocrity.

    17. Good follow on bookAfter the lensman series this book at first seemed out of place. However having read it a few times after re reading that series, Masters of the Vortex did in its own way close the series. In a way it is a lesson we may do well to draw on as we seek intelligent life in the Cosmos. What we seek, may be very similar to us, but it could also be so alien we don't even perceive it all.

    18. Sometimes you must go through hell to get the right attitude.Audio Book MP3 downloaded fromlibrivox/short-science-ficPublic Domain stories from Project Gutenberg, that are read by volunteers. I listen to these short stories while walking to and from work.Play Duration: 00:46:13 Read By: Gregg Margarite

    19. The last book in the lensman series was fun and even though the main concept of an atomic vortex was kind of silly the story was to the same high standard as the first six in the series. Fun, a good light read from the 1930's.

    20. I had heard reading Masters of the Vortex was like reading a bunch of classic Trek episodes, it's not.However the beginning definitely has a proto-SciFi Series Pilot feel to it and once it gets going it's a lot of fun (Lensmen style). I dare say it would make a nice little mini-series.

    21. Not bad. Neat to have a story in the Lensman 'verse where Lensmen weren't the protagonists and neat that he failed the Lensman test but they why is he a super-brain that the Five (hiya, Children) chose to recognize/elevate?

    22. Read 35+ years ago - too long ago to recall much about the quality, but I enjoyed the series as an adolescent.

    23. I read this one a LONG time ago. The Lensman series is a classic which I periodically go back and reread. Love it!

    24. I read this one for completion's sake, but it's not as good as the other Lensman novels. It doesn't even really feature lensmen.

    25. The Lensmen saga has a pulpy epic brilliance, this isn't really part of the saga at all and thus has all that's bad about Smith's writing with very little of the good.

    26. This was cheesy. Endearingly so. It was fun, all said and done. In a really silly, embarrassing kind of way.

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