Kirkus Reviews on E. E. “Doc” Smith, here.
Doc Smith used to be my go-to guy when I wanted to retreat from the world and read some good old fashioned planet bashing. It’s hard to beat the thrill of a little vacuum-tube-based super science vaporizing the home world of a whole race of Bad People.
These days I read Vernor Vinge and Charles Stross for that. Smith was never strong on character development.
But God knows, we could sure use some lensmen.