Edgar Rice Burroughs (1876–1950) is one of the most influential American authors of science fiction and adventure. His novels include Tarzan of the Apes and, available in Bison Frontiers of Imagination editions, The Land That Time Forgot, At the Earth’s Core, Beyond Thirty, The Moon Maid, and Pirates of Venus. James P. Hogan is a respected science fiction writer and the author of such novels as Martian Knightlife, Bug Park, The Legend That Was Earth, and Realtime Interrupt.
Under the Moons of Marsby Edgar Rice Burroughs
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A story of another world, curiously captivating in its romantic qualities and in the originality of its conception. The spirit of adventure carried beyond earth, into the realms of space. This is the seminal novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs, famous author of Tarzan of the Apes. John Carter of Earth and his adventures on Barsoom (Martian for Mars) and his romance with Dejah Thoris, a princess of Mars. The text is the original All Story pulp magazine version.
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For stories written almost a century ago, these Martian Tales still have the excitement and energy to thrill any reader. I recently purchased this volume because it collected the first three Martian Tales and I was looking for something I knew would be good to read on a longer plane trip. Instead, I started as soon as I got it and stayed up very late to finish them in one sitting. While I have read some great books, these share a spot right at the pinnacle of great reading fun.
The idea of publishing the first three of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 'Barsoom' series is a great one, and it's been a long time coming. Burroughs may not have been the most 'literate' writer of all time, but his high-octane prose carries the reader from adventure to adventure breathlessly. Though ERB essentially wrote the Tarzan series for its' popularity and the fat paychecks, his real love was the Mars series, and it shows. Even after all these years, and scores of imitators, the planet Barsoom still comes off more wildly imaginative than any of them.
George Lucas admits getting inspiration for his STAR WARS series from Burroughs' Mars stories, and this is the trilogy that started the whole thing. John Carter, Confederate gentleman and world's greatest swordsman, and Deja Thoris, world's most beautiful woman, meet, and have the greatest adventure of two planets. We keep hearing that the movie is in the works (it has been for 20 years!), but read the books first. Written in 1912, they are the source of every action hero and adventure movie from Tarzan to Indiana Jones and the Highlander. John Carter did it all first.