This is the Forty-second in my one-book-at-a-time bookshelf.
The Lensman series, in a manner reminiscent of Dickens, Conan Doyle and others, was mostly first published in a serial form in magazines and later collected together as a series of novels. I am adding them to the bookshelf in reading order though I believe the original stories were written and published in a different sequence, re-written for internal consistency etc etc. This is the type of series that defines 'space opera' and can still be enjoyed nearly 60 years after it was written.
This first book sets the scene for a battle that spans galaxies and eons, but is played out on a small stage with very human and likable, slightly larger than life, characters.