*** The Phoenix Science Fiction Classics series has been designed for the convenience of students. Special margins provide liberal space for students to take notes. *** These distinctive trade paperbacks have also been priced to make them one of the most affordable critical series in the market today, making them easily accessible to students of all economic means. *** Each book includes notes, critical essays, chronologies, bibliographies and more. *** *** Dejah Thoris, Princess of the red humanoid race on Mars, is captured by the four-armed green 'Tharks.' John Carter, mysteriously transported from Arizona (and now possessing super strength) rescues the Princess resulting in grand romantic adventure. *** One of the great pulp science fictions of the early twentieth century, A Princess of Mars inspired many future science fiction writers including Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury. Carl Sagan, who read the book as a child, was fascinated by it. A map of Mars, as imagined by Burroughs, hung outside Sagan's offices in Cornell University.*** This edition includes critical essays by acclaimed author and senior lecturer (Arizona State University) Paul Cook and by Alexei and Cory Panshin (adapted from their Hugo-winning work on science fiction, The World Beyond the Hill).