The Swordsman of Mars

The Swordsman of Mars


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The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline, Michael Moorcock, Otis Adelbert Kline

Harry Thorne, outcast scion of a wealthy East Coast family, seeks the greatest adventure of his life. He exchanges bodies with his look-alike, Martian Sheb Takkor, and is transported millions of years into the past to a Mars peopled with mighty warriors, beautiful women, and fearsome beasts. Sheb Takkor, a great swordsman in his own right, must fight his way across the deserts and jungles of ancient Mars to save the lovely Princess Thane and to defeat his arch-enemy Sel Han - or die trying!

Otis Adelbert Kline born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, was an adventure novelist and literary agent during the pulp era. Much of his work first appeared in the magazine Weird Tales. He is best known for an apocryphal literary feud with fellow author Edgar Rice Burroughs, in which he supposedly raised the latter's ire by producing close imitations (Planet of Peril and two sequels) of Burroughs's Martian novels, though set on Venus; Burroughs, the story goes, then retaliated by writing his own Venus novels, whereupon Kline responded with an even more direct intrusion on Burroughs's territory by boldly setting two novels on Mars. Kline's jungle adventure stories, reminiscent of Burroughs's Tarzan tales, have also been cited as evidence of the conflict. While the two authors did write the works in question, the theory that they did so in contention with each other is supported only circumstantially, by the resemblance and publication dates of the works themselves.

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ISBN-13: 9781601251053
Publisher: Paizo Inc.
Publication date: 10/29/2008
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Swordsman of Mars 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
EntertainingCM More than 1 year ago
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.
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Bill_Newman More than 1 year ago
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.
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