Overview[ edit ] In the Lensman novels, the Galactic Patrol was a combination military force and interstellar law-enforcement agency, charged with the defense and preservation of Civilization. The organization had large numbers of non-humans serving in all roles, although many of the leadership positions seem to be occupied by humanity. Organization and resources[ edit ] The Patrol had a great deal of political influence in Civilization. Patrol bases dotted the galaxy , ranging from low-grade spaceports to the massive headquarters bases of Prime Base on Earth or Tellus, as it is called in the novels and Ultra Prime on Klovia , in the second galaxy, and its possession of the inertialess or "free" drive made it possible for its forces to deploy anywhere in known space rapidly.
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Overview[ edit ] In the Lensman novels, the Galactic Patrol was a combination military force and interstellar law-enforcement agency, charged with the defense and preservation of Civilization.
The organization had large numbers of non-humans serving in all roles, although many of the leadership positions seem to be occupied by humanity. Organization and resources[ edit ] The Patrol had a great deal of political influence in Civilization. Patrol bases dotted the galaxy , ranging from low-grade spaceports to the massive headquarters bases of Prime Base on Earth or Tellus, as it is called in the novels and Ultra Prime on Klovia , in the second galaxy, and its possession of the inertialess or "free" drive made it possible for its forces to deploy anywhere in known space rapidly.
Other forms of faster-than-light travel included Hyper-Tubes, which were man-made wormholes which both the Boskonians and Galactic Patrol frequently used, and N-Space corridors which were gateways to a parallel universe. Both sides of the war frequently used literal planets accelerated to relativistic speeds and "fired" through wormholes as a primary strategic weapon, in effect intergalactic ICBMs.
Later the Boskonian Empire began using N-Space corridors as "cannons" that could fire planets or moons at fifteen times the speed of light at a given target and could obliterate suns at intergalactic distances. This organization was also very well funded, to the point where even though the tax rate was the lowest in history with a total income tax, in the highest bracket, of only 3.
In Gray Lensman, Port Admiral Haynes noted that, were it not for the galactic war, a financial crisis might have risen over the Patrol possessing so much in the way of legal tender. For comparison, in , the year after Gray Lensman was originally published, the U. Also, the Patrol was well equipped for its second role as military force. In Galactic Patrol it fielded a Grand Fleet of over fifty thousand capital ships, including large numbers of "maulers", or super-heavy battleships.
That fleet grew by leaps and bounds through the later novels, numbering well into the millions by Second Stage Lensmen and Children of the Lens. The number of combat units in the Grand Fleet were so numerous that a special flagship, the Directrix or Z9M9Z, had to be commissioned with extensive and advanced C3.
The exact number of ships in each fleet is unknown, but the defensive fleet for Directrix alone was eighty ships, and this could reasonably be said to be the number of other fleets—or approximately 80,, ships in total.
This also leads to a fair estimation of the size of Civilization, since each fleet was based on an individual member-world of Civilization, indicating about one-million planets in total. This number does not include a fleet of uninhabited planets converted into mobile, armored weapons also explicitly mentioned and a huge, planet sized, antimatter WMD called a "Negasphere".
Perhaps the most visible of the ground combat arm were the Valerian marines, Terran-descended humans whose high-gravity colony world had bred incredible strength and agility into them. The Patrol also possessed extensive ground armor and artillery, including "catapillars", massive vehicles toting heavy beam cannon batteries.
Leadership[ edit ] The full range of executive leadership positions for the Patrol is less than clear. What is clear is that nearly all these positions were held by Gray Lensmen. Four distinct positions can be discerned: Port Admiral, the apparent head of the combat and operating forces.
Notable Port Admirals include Roderick K. Surgeon-Marshal, in charge of medical operations. Galactic Coordinator, a semi-political post which, in effect, was a military governorship over the second of the two galaxies in which the Patrol operated. The first three positions generally operated from Prime Base on Tellus. By necessity, the Galactic Coordinator was based on Klovia. Notably, these ranks are apparently intended to be in descending order, but draw upon ranks from several different branches of the military service.
These posts were only mentioned in First Lensman , and it is unclear if they are still active as of the events of Galactic Patrol. Prime Base[ edit ] Prime Base is the tremendous military base that first grew from "The Hill", a man-made, flat-topped, steel sheathed mountain that was the main base of first, the Triplanetary Service, and then of the new Galactic Patrol on Tellus.
During the time of the First Lensman when it was still "The Hill", it was attacked by pirates working for Boskone , but thanks to the efforts of its fleet and its own very strong defenses, it survived without coming to any harm. If it remained there is not revealed in First Lensman or in the later books.
At the beginning of the third book, Galactic Patrol , it is referred to only as the "Prime Base of Tellus", but its location is not stated. Prime Base has a large number of functions including housing the office of the Port Admiral , facilities with the ability to construct warships for the Galactic Patrol, and a variety of scientific labs for scientists that work there.
It is hinted within the series that, rather than a Military-Industrial Complex such as evolved in our society, almost all military research and production is managed by civilian employees of the Galactic Patrol, rather than by independent contractors. However, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, initiated in , postdates the publication of the Lensman novels, and is location in a different region of the USA.
It was built to be even tougher than Prime Base on Tellus , and has considerably better defenses. Built in the latter stages of the war against Boskone, it was never attacked, but provided the perfect lure with which to draw out the Boskonian Grand Fleet in order to destroy it.
Mar 06, Sandy rated it really liked it After almost pages of back story And while it is true that the second section of "Triplanetary" had been written as early as , it was only 14 years later that that section was rewritten to make it fit into the Lensman cycle. So, yes, "Galactic Patrol" does mark the first words that "Doc" Smith wrote concerning his most famous opus. As critic John Clute so eloquently writes in his introduction to the Old Earth Books edition, " Wesso and Howard V. Brown, respectively. I was fortunate enough to acquire the Berkley paperback, with gorgeous cover artwork by David B.
Сюжет фильм [ править править код ] Умирающий Линзмен передаёт свою Линзу молодому человеку по имени Кимболл Киннисон или Ким, который поначалу не имел понятия, насколько велика ответственность держать при себе эту Линзу, ведь она содержит информацию о том, как обезвредить смертельное ДНК-оружие, созданное империей Боскон. Линзу когда-то создала цивилизация эрейзиан, чтобы противостоять эддорианцам, которые представляли реальную угрозу для их цивилизации. Кимболлу будет противостоять злой правитель Боскона, Лорд Хельмут. Ещё в начале истории Ким спасается от босконского линкора вместе с Ван Баскирком, после чего Босконы уничтожают его родную планету Миквей. Его отец Кен был одним из основателей Галактического Патруля и всегда мечтал стать Линзменом, но во время битвы он потерял руку. Однако Кен надеется, что его сын осуществит мечту отца и перед взрывом планеты, жертвуя собой, спасает Кима.