By E. E. "Doc" Smith
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Thrale, Tellus, and Klovia were full of Lensmen. and a good part of the time Klovia, were the working headquarters of Second-Stage Lensmen. It seemed, then, that the trouble was roughly in inverse ratio to the numbers or the abilities of the Lensmen in the neighborhood. Something, therefore, that Lensmen—particularly Second-Stage Lensmen—were bad for. That was true, of course, for all crime. Nevertheless, this seemed to be a special case. And when he reached his destination he found out that it was.
He, personally, killed Helmuth in hand-to-hand combat. He was instrumental in the almost-complete destruction of the Overlords of Delgon; those sadistic, life-eating reptiles who were the first to employ the hyper-spatial tube against humanity. He was wounded more than once; in one of his hospitalizations becoming acquainted with Surgeon-Marshal Lacy and with Sector Chief Nurse Clarrissa MacDougall, who was later to become the widely-known "Red" Lensman and, still later, my mother. In spite of the military defeat, however, Boskonia's real organization remained intact, and Kinnison's further search led into Lundmark's Nebula, thenceforth called the Second Galaxy.
I know," she laughed. "Automatic. But you've had that block up for two solid weeks, except when you force yourself to keep it down. " "I know it. " "QX—you asked for it. Queer things have been going on; all over. Inexplicable things . . " "Almost any kind of insidious deviltry you care to name. " "Why, Kim! How could there be? " "It hasn't got around. Each solar system thinks it's a purely local condition, but it isn't. As galactic coordinator, with a broad view of the entire picture, my office would of course see such a thing before anyone else could.
Children of the Lens by E. E. "Doc" Smith