Favorite Non-Barsoom "Planetary Romance" Feb 11, 2014 22:06:06 GMT -6
Post by ritt on Feb 11, 2014 22:06:06 GMT -6
What's your favorite Non-Barsoom "Planetary Romance"?
I lately joined an online paperback-trading club, and since I'd read all the ERB Mars books long ago I decided to start checking out the imitators and predecessors...
THE "JANDAR OF CALLISTO" SERIES by Lin Carter: Carter is sorta a hack, but he has a real love of fantasy that shows in his prose and his enthusiasm is somewhat contagious. His best novels are good fun, most are guilty pleasures, and the worst are dumb but harmless. I've read the first four of this series (About a circa-Late 60's Vietnam War helicopter pilot transported to Callisto, moon of Jupiter). Overall they're pretty uneven, but MAD EMPRESS OF CALLISTO was great trashy fun.
THE "GREEN STAR" SERIES by Lin Carter: Read the second of these (When The Green Star Calls). Not great but has a nice "Dreamy" sort of atmosphere to it.
ALMURIC by Robert E. Howard: Strange and deeply flawed but interesting. It's basically "What if John Carter was a complete psychopath?".
THE "KANE OF OLD MARS" SERIES by Michael Moorcock: These were written by a very young Moorcock who had yet to develop his distinct styles and obsessions. Honestly pretty forgettable, but it's interesting that Kane, like Lin Carter's Jandar, is a Vietnam vet.
SWORDSMAN OF MARS by Otis Adelbert Kline: Forgettable, but not as bad as it's usually made out to be. I liked the weird little "Ulfs"... I'm reading this ERB pastiche and then suddenly a bunch of space pixies that would have been at home in Ralph Bakshi's WIZARDS pop in.
GULLIVER OF MARS by Edwin Lester Arnold. Only forty pages into this so far. The prose is lean, brisk and surprisingly modern for 1905.
TRANSIT TO SCORPIO by Alan Bert Akers. First of the 53 (!) volumes of the "Dray Prescot of Antares" series that are supposedly big in Germany but mostly forgotten everywhere else. Haven't read it yet. Honestly I mostly picked it up for the awesome 70's cover art of a freaky vulture-headed humanoid whipping a line of human slaves under a weird mustard sky, a great pulp image.
Any others that anyone would recommend?