John Carter of Mars: The First Five Novels


[John Carter of Mars]


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The First Five Novels

John Carter of Mars

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Few writers can weave fantasy, romance, and swashbuckling derring-do as deftly as Edgar Rice Burroughs. The renowned author...

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[John Carter of Mars]


[front cover]


The First Five Novels

John Carter of Mars

[spine] Edgar Rice Burroughs   CLASSIC WORKS   The First Five Novels   John Carter of Mars  [logo]

[front flap]

Few writers can weave fantasy, romance, and swashbuckling derring-do as deftly as Edgar Rice Burroughs. The renowned author of the immensely popular Tarzan novels wrote his suspenseful John Carter saga during the heyday of the pulp-fiction era. In these adventure tales, Burroughs transports readers to Mars where ancient theological, racial, and political divisions have kept the Red Planet in a state of constant deadly warfare for centuries. From extreme conditions to horrifying creatures, the perils/hazards that unfold in these pages are just as thrilling today as when Burroughs first imagined them.

John Carter of Mars: Classic Works begins with A Princess of Mars when war hero Captain John Carter finds himself mysteriously transported to an alien landscape, where he is thrust into a deadly war—and a dangerous romance with the beautiful princess Dejah Thoris.  As The Gods of Mars unfolds, Carter does battle with a bewildering array of alien enemies, including the terrifying Plant Men and the deadly Pirates of Barsoom. His against-all-odds adventures hurtle toward a dramatic conclusion in The Warlord of Mars, but not before he takes flight to the frigid “forbidden land” from which no outer-world Martian flier has ever returned. Can Carter overcome incredible obstacles to rescue the woman he adores . . . and finally become the Warlord of Mars? At the start of Thuvia, Maid of Mars, Ptarthian princess Thuvia has been kidnapped, an incident that could hurl three of the greatest Martian nations into war. Suspicion falls upon Carthoris, Prince of Helium and Carter’s son, who is in love with the beautiful young princess. Although Thuvia is promised to another, Carthoris will risk everything to rescue her from a horrid, unimaginable fate. In The Chessman of Mars, Tara of Helium—daughter of Carter—finds herself a prisoner of the terrifying kaldanes, perfectly developed brains that don’t need bodies to function. For these creatures, logic and the powers of reason reign supreme and sentiment is considered a sign of weakness. Will Tara escape their clutches in the face of seemingly hopeless odds?

Complete with a glossary of characters and places and an introduction by science-fiction novelist and scholar Brian Stableford, John Carter of Mars: Classic Works is a groundbreaking work of science fiction you won’t soon forget.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first story at the age of thirty-six after many failed business ventures. He would write nearly seventy novels and numerous short stories before his death. While best-known for his Tarzan books, Burroughs didn’t confine himself to a single genre, and also wrote medieval romances, westerns, and mainstream novels. Among his many science fiction works, he wrote eleven novels in the John Carter of Mars series.


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“The vast and magisterial story making up John Carter of Mars remains . . . the sturdy root of an entire genre of fantastic fiction.”—BRIAN STABLEFORD, from the Introduction

John Carter of Mars: CLASSIC WORKS launches readers into a menacing milieu as imagined by the visionary Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the highly successful Tarzan novels. Page-turners filled with interplanetary perils and thrilling romance, these five epic adventure tales remapped the terrain of fantasy and science fiction.


A Princess of Mars

The Gods of Mars

The Warlord of Mars

Thuvia, Maid of Mars

The Chessmen of Mars


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435149915
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 12/4/2013
  • Series: Amazing Values
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 78,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 1, 1875, into a well-to-do family, Edgar Rice Burroughs was given an aristocratic private education. But though he tried his hand at several business ventures, he was drawn more to an itinerant life of adventure than to a life in the boardroom. In 1912, after many failed business ventures, the thirty-five-year-old Burroughs published his first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” in the pulp magazine All-Story. It was so successful that he turned soon thereafter to writing full-time. He would write nearly 70 novels and numerous short stories before his death in 1950. Although best-known for his immensely popular Tarzan series—he later bought an estate near where the films were shot in Southern California that he named Tarzana—Burroughs didn’t confine himself to a single genre, also writing medieval romances, westerns, and mainstream novels.Among his many science-fiction works, Burroughs wrote eleven novels in the John Carter of Mars series, the titular final installment of which was published fourteen years after his death in 1950.
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