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Summary

One man against the basic energy of the universe, unleashed in a ravening fury: that's Dr. Neal "Storm" Cloud. Unique is the only way to describe him. Alone in his single-handed battle, he finds that the appalling destructiveness of a loose atomic vortex can be canceled out only by destroying the vortex itself. While not even the most massive and modern of computers could figure out how to destroy a loose vortex, "Storm" Cloud can - and does.

To galactic civilization, loose vortices are just one menace among many. It is "Storm's" unique brain - itself a computer with fantastic powers - that enables him to select and direct a duodecaplylatomate bomb with exactly the right energy to snuff each vortex out of existence. The day a runaway vortex exploded in his home was the day "Storm" Cloud became the Vortex Blaster!

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Lensman series.
(P)2007 Books in Motion. This recording is produced by arrangement with The Estate of E. E. "Doc" Smith and Virginia Kidd, Inc.

Critic reviews

"The most towering figure in science fiction, thanks to the enormous scope of his novels." (Isaac Asimov)
"If you wish to understand the roots of modern science fiction, you have to read the Lensman saga." (Allen Steele)
"A finalist for a special Hugo Award for All-Time Best Series, 'Lensman' is considered by many sf heads to be the greatest of the space operas and clearly a source for such successors as Star Trek and Star Wars." ( Library Journal)

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Great book.

Have read this book several times and enjoyed it just as much each time. Would like to read more of Storm Cloud, but that will never be!!. Read it I really think that you will enjoy it too.

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Would you consider the audio edition of The Vortex Blaster to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed the narration on this one - the vivid images I got from it were so much better than what I remembered the book to be like.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Just like in the original story I read so long ago I still enjoyed the character of Dr. Neal "Storm" Cloud the best. The idea of someone being so good with maths still fascinates me.

What does Reed McColm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having read the book many years ago I think that hearing it narrated was so much better. The narrator gave such wonderful pronunciation to all the alien planet names and words I had so much trouble with.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I had to listen to this book in stages because of other commitments but I do wish I had had time to sit and hear it all the way through in one sitting.

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  • Kevin Mitchell
  • 12-04-15

Great pulp sci-fi.

I've read the book years ago and enjoyed it as great light science fiction. I enjoyed it again through Reed McColm's narration which I thought was perfect for the book. Thanks, I really enjoyed it.:-)

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