The Swordsman of Marsby Otis Adelbert Kline
Edgar Rice Burroughs was, without a doubt, the most famous author of fantasy-adventure. Though his
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Escape from the humdrum Earth with The Swordsman of Mars as Harry Thorne, American, pits himself against the best duellists and the most devilish monsters of the Red Planet in this action-packed book of adventure, romance, and derring-do on a fantastic world.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was, without a doubt, the most famous author of fantasy-adventure. Though his imitators were legion, only one man was able to compete successfully with Burroughs. He was Otis Adelbert Kline.
Though they wrote for the same publishers, and were filmed by the same movie studios, Kline never meant to compete with Burroughs. He admired the author, and it was his enthusiasm for that type of story that inspired him to create his own universe of planets in peril, peopled by swashbuckling planeteers and stimulating sirens.
En garde! You have in hand The Swordsman of Mars. This is not the science-fiction of computers and analogs. There will be no roar of rockets. This is for the reader who wants a free-fall flight in fantastic adventure with star-flung heroes fighting furiously for honor on worlds without it, and beautiful maidens who know there is a fate worse than death! This is for the reader who likes his thrills unique, and his fiction spellbinding from first page to last.
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recommended for the adventurer in unusual unknown imaginary planets, great fantasy work, Kline wrote 5 interconnected novels, this is first of the Mars duo and there are 3 in the Venus group. Action and daring-do for all adventurers.
Although this story was written in 1960, it predates "Outlaws of Mars" which might be considered a companion novel although there is no continuity of characters. Harry Thorne, rescued after a suicide attempt following a double betrayal by his business partner and his finance by Dr Richard Morgan, wakes up after having taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Dr Morgan has developed a machine that receives and sends thoughts. He developed the machine, and the related brain-mapping compass, with help from the Martian Lal Vak. Lal Vak is a scientist and psychologist from a Mars millions of years in Earth's past. The machine will also exchange the personalities between two subjects with similar brain patterns or physical doubles, even though the subjects are separated by millions of years and hundreds of thousands of miles. Lal Vak and Dr Morgan's earlier exchange put the personality of Frank Boyd, Earthman, into the body of Sel Han, Martian. There was a problem though. Dr Morgan had not adequately checked out Boyd's past beyond the pattern match. Boyd is a criminal and once transferred to Mars begins an attempt to conquer Mars using the nearly-forgotten science of beings called Ma Gong. The Ma Gong are the remnants of a race that had been involved in an interplanetary war millions of years even further in Mar's past. Mars now exists in a Middle Ages equivalent socially although they are farther ahead in some branches of science than current Earth practices. In his connivance with the Ma Gong, Boyd has resurrected a 'cold ray' that steals energy and shrinks a target. It's not a disintegrator ray gun, but it's not far off! Harry Thorne's job will be to stop Boyd and save Mars. Harry, of course, agrees and is translated to the body of Borgen Takkor, student at a Martian military academy where Lal Vak is a teacher. And then the REAL adventure begins! There are sword fights fought; friends made, plots foiled and fair maidens saved. You know the good guys are going to win, but the details are what make the story! Otis Aldebert Kline is not Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E Howard but he still writes a great sci-fi story full of action and adventure. The science, seen from today's viewpoint, is almost unbelievable but the writing is such that a reader is easily able to suspend disbelief. Read "Swordsman" first then "Outlaws of Mars". Don't neglect the "Planet of Peril" trilogy either, set on the planet Venus in an earlier time.