Covers Virgil Samm's "discovery" of the lens, the founding of the Galactic Patrol and the Galactic Council, and the election for the fate of North America. Also has very nice bits with Samms' initial efforts to recruit non-human lensmen.
This was written later than the rest of the series, and is back-story. It's very good back story, but I wouldn't suggest starting the series here. If you like the series, come back and read this, you'll enjoy it then.
Original title: First Lensman
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Adventure→ Space Opera
- The last book actually written in the Lensman series, serving as a bridge between Triplanetary and Galactic Patrol.