In the last installment of our Reading Barsoom series, find out what happens when Edgar Rice Burroughs tried to write an "urban" novel of Mars, why "synthetic men" suck, and how Nazi aliens built Salt Lake City on Jupiter.
Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Martian trilogy, featuring John Carter on Barsoom, was a huge hit in the 1910s. How could he top it? With a series about Carter's kids, apocalyptic cities, floating heads with tentacles, and an ordinary Barsoomian soldier.
In the second installment of our "Reading Barsoom" series, we delve into the swashbuckling wonders of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first three Mars novels, A Princess of Mars, Gods of Mars, and Warlord of Mars.
In 1911, a 36-year old loser, his latest business venture crumbling into insolvency, started to while away his idle hours at the office by writing a novel for the then-new "pulp" magazines. It was about a man going to Mars.