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I came across this quote in a blog comment recently:

"I am reminded of E. E. "Doc" Smith in the Lensman series of books
stating that anything humans and technologically create as a security
measure can be analyzed and bypassed. This was in Galactic Patrol
published in 1937."

Now it's been a few years since I've read the Lensman series, and I
can't place that quote.

Anyone know the reference?  It would be pretty neat, and would certainly
raise my already high opinion of E.E. "Doc" Smith.


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It'd take a concentrated reading of the book (237 pages in the paperback in my
SF library), but the blog /might/ have referred to this passage:

  "We have all wondered about the Lens, sir, of course," Maitland ventured.
  "The outlaws apparently keep up with us in science. I have always supposed
  that what science can build, science can duplicate. Surely more than one
  Lens has fallen into the hads of the outlaws?"

Galactic Patrol by E.E. "Doc" Smith
Chapter 1 - Graduation

Lew Pitcher

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I have a copy of "Galactic Patrol" (part of a SciFi Book Club re-print
of "Triplanetart", "First Lensman",  and "Galactic Patrol" entitled
"Chronicals of the  Lensmen, Volume 1".  I can do a search of this book
and get back to you...

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