The Master Mind of Mars

The Master Mind of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the sixth of his Barsoom series. Burroughs' working titles for the novel were A Weird Adventure on Mars and Vad Varo of Barsoom. It was first published in the magazine Amazing Stories Annual vol. 1, on July 15, 1927. The first book edition was published by A. C. McClurg in March, 1928.

Burroughs had been unable to place the novel in his standard, higher-paying markets like the Munsey magazines and the Street & Smith line. Some critics have speculated the publishers were put off by its satirical treatment of religious fundamentalists. He eventually sold it to publisher Hugo Gernsback for $1,250: only a third of the rate paid by magazines like Argosy All-Story, where the previous book in the series had first appeared. Gernsback chose the novel's final title and made it the cover feature in his newest magazine.[1]

The Master Mind of Mars
Master Mind of Mars
Dust-jacket of The Master Mind of Mars
AuthorEdgar Rice Burroughs
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesBarsoom
GenreScience fantasy
PublisherA. C. McClurg
Publication date
1928
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages312
Preceded byThe Chessmen of Mars 
Followed byA Fighting Man of Mars 

Plot summary

In this novel Burroughs shifts the focus of the series for the second time, the first having been from early protagonists John Carter and Dejah Thoris to their children after the third book. Now he moves to a completely unrelated hero, Ulysses Paxton, an Earthman like Carter who like him is sent to Mars by astral projection.

Amazing Stories Annual 1927
Original 1927 magazine publication

On Mars, Paxton is taken in by elderly mad scientist Ras Thavas, the "Master Mind" of the title, who educates him in the ways of Barsoom and bestows on him the Martian name Vad Varo. Ras has perfected techniques of transplanting brains, which he uses to provide rich elderly Martians with youthful new bodies for a profit. Distrustful of his fellow Martians, he trains Paxton as his assistant to perform the same operation on him. But Paxton has fallen in love with Valla Dia, one of Ras' young victims, whose body has been swapped for that of the hag Xaxa, Jeddara (empress) of the city-state of Phundahl. He refuses to operate on Ras until his mentor promises to restore her to her rightful body. A quest for that body ensues, in which Paxton is aided by others of Ras' experimental victims, and in the end he attains the hand of his Valla Dia, who in a happy plot twist turns out to be a princess.

Setting

Scientific basis

Burroughs vision of Mars was loosely inspired by astronomical speculation of the time, especially that of Percival Lowell, who saw the planet as a formerly Earthlike world now becoming less hospitable to life due to its advanced age,[2] whose inhabitants had built canals to bring water from the polar caps to irrigate the remaining arable land.[2] Lowell was influenced by Italian astronomer, Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, who in 1878, had observed features on Mars he called canali (Italian for "channels"). A misunderstanding that "canals" implied water, fueled belief that the planet was inhabited.[3] The theory of an inhabited planet with flowing water was disproved by data provided by Russian and American probes such as the two Viking missions which found a dead, frozen world where water could not exist in a fluid state.[2]

World of Barsoom

A million years before the narrative commences, Mars was a lush world with oceans. As the oceans receded, and the atmosphere grew thin, the planet has devolved into a landscape of partial barbarism;[4] living on an aging planet, with dwindling resources, the inhabitants of Barsoom have become hardened and warlike, fighting one another to survive.[5] Barsoomians distribute scarce water supplies via a worldwide system of canals, controlled by quarreling city-states. The thinning Martian atmosphere is artificially replenished from an "atmosphere plant".[6]

It is a world with clear territorial divisions between White, Yellow, Black, Red and Green skinned races. Each has particular traits and qualities, which seem to define the characters of almost every individual within them. Burroughs' concept of race in Barsoom, is more similar to species than ethnicity.[7]

Relationship to other works

Ras Thavas reappears later in the series to perform more mad science in the novel Synthetic Men of Mars.

L. Sprague de Camp enlisted Ras Thavas as guide to Barsoom for his hero Harold Shea in his short story "Sir Harold of Zodanga" (1995).

Copyright

The copyright for this story was not renewed by December 31, 1955 and therefore is in the public domain.

References

  1. ^ E. F. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years, Kent State University Press, 1998, p.560
  2. ^ a b c Baxter, Stephen (2005). Glenn Yeffeth, ed. "H.G. Wells' Enduring Mythos of Mars". War of the Worlds: fresh perspectives on the H.G. Wells classic/ edited by Glenn Yeffeth. BenBalla: 186–7. ISBN 1-932100-55-5.
  3. ^ Seed, David (2005). A Companion to Science Fiction. Blackwell Publishing. p. 546. ISBN 1-4051-1218-2.
  4. ^ Bainbridge, Williams Sims (1986). Dimensions of Science Fiction. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-674-20725-4.
  5. ^ Sharp, Patrick B. (2007). Savage Perils. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 94. ISBN 0-8061-3822-X.
  6. ^ Slotkin, Richard (1998). Gunfighter Nation. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 205. ISBN 0-8061-3031-8.
  7. ^ Slotkin, Richard (1998). Gunfighter Nation. University of Oklahoma Press. pp. 203–205. ISBN 0-8061-3031-8.

Sources

  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 67.

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A Fighting Man of Mars

A Fighting Man of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the seventh of his Barsoom series. Burroughs began writing it on February 28, 1929, and the finished story was first published in Blue Book Magazine as a six-part serial in the issues for April to September, 1930. It was later published as a complete novel by Metropolitan in May, 1931.

A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series. It was first serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February–July, 1912. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a subgenre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. This vision of Mars was based on the work of the astronomer Percival Lowell, whose ideas were widely popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Barsoom series inspired a number of well-known 20th-century science fiction writers, including Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, and John Norman. The series was also inspirational for many scientists in the fields of space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life, including Carl Sagan, who read A Princess of Mars when he was a child.

Barsoom

Barsoom is a fictional representation of the planet Mars created by American pulp fiction author Edgar Rice Burroughs. The first Barsoom tale was serialized as Under the Moons of Mars in 1912, and published as a novel as A Princess of Mars in 1917. Ten sequels followed over the next three decades, further extending his vision of Barsoom and adding other characters. The first five novels are in the public domain in U.S., and the entire series is free around the world on Project Gutenberg Australia, but the books are still under copyright in most of the rest of the world.

The world of Barsoom is a romantic vision of a dying Mars. Writers and science popularizers like Camille Flammarion, who were convinced that Mars was at a later stage of evolution than Earth and therefore much drier, took the ideas farther and published books like Les Terres du Ciel (1884), which contained illustrations of a planet covered with canals. Burroughs gives credits to him in his writings, and goes as far as to say that he based his vision of Mars on that of Flammarion. John Carter is transported to Mars in a way described by Flammarion in Urania (1889), where a man from Earth is transported to Mars as an astral body where he wakes up to a lower gravity, two moons, strange plants and animals and several races of advanced humans. In The Plurality of Inhabited Worlds and Lumen, he further speculates about plant people and other creatures on far away planets, elements that would later appear in the Barsoom stories.The Barsoom series, where John Carter in the late 19th century is mysteriously transported from Earth to a Mars suffering from dwindling resources, has been cited by many well known science fiction writers as having inspired and motivated them in their youth, as well as by key scientists involved in both space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life. Elements of the books have been adapted by many writers, in novels, short stories, comics, television and film.

Body swap appearances in media

Body swaps have been a common storytelling device in fiction media. Novels such as Vice Versa (1882) and Freaky Friday (1972) have inspired numerous film adaptations and retellings, as well as television series and episodes, many with titles derived from "Freaky Friday". In 2013, Disney Channel held a Freaky Freakend with seven shows that featured body-swapping episodes.This list features exchanges between two beings, and thus excludes similar phenomena of body hopping, spirit possession, transmigration, and avatars, unless the target being's mind is conversely placed in the source's body. It also excludes age transformations that are sometimes reviewed or promoted as body swaps, as in the movies Big and 17 Again; identity/role swaps, typically between twins, clones, look-alikes, or doppelgängers; and characters with multiple personalities.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American fiction writer best known for his celebrated and prolific output in the adventure and science-fiction genres. Among the most notable of his creations are the jungle hero Tarzan, the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter and the fictional landmass within Earth known as Pellucidar. Burroughs' California ranch is now the center of the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Edgar Rice Burroughs bibliography

The following is the complete bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The titles are listed chronologically as written.

Jetan

Jetan, also known as Martian Chess, is a chess variant with unclear rules. It was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs as a game played on Barsoom, his fictional version of Mars. The game was introduced in The Chessmen of Mars, the fifth book in the Barsoom series. Its rules are described in Chapter 2 and in the Appendix of the book.

List of Ace SF letter-series single titles

Ace Books have published hundreds of science fiction titles, starting in 1953. Many of these were Ace Doubles (dos-a-dos format), but they also published many single volumes. Between 1953 and 1968, the books had a letter-series identifier; after that date they were given five digit numeric serial numbers. There were a total of 378 letter-series sf titles(62 S&D, 174 F, 19 M, 78 G, 29 H, 1 N, 1 K, and 14 A series books).

The list given here gives a date of publication; in all cases this refers to the date of publication by Ace, and not the date of original publication of the novels. For more information about the history of these titles, see Ace Books, which includes a discussion of the serial numbering conventions used and an explanation of the letter-code system.

List of Ace titles in F series

Ace Books published its F-series of books, priced at 40 cents, from 1960 to 1967.

F-101 NA Joan Sargent Cruise Nurse / Margaret Howe Calling Dr. Merriman (1960)

F-102 MY Bob McKnight The Flying Eye / Clayton Fox Never Forget, Never Forgive (1961)

F-103 WE Harry Whittington A Trap For Sam Dodge / Lee Floren High Thunder (1961)

F-104 SF Kenneth Bulmer No Man's World / Poul Anderson Mayday Orbit (1961)

F-105 SF William A. P. White (as Anthony Boucher) (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, Fifth Series

F-106 WE Brian Garfield Justice At Spanish Flat / Tom West The Gun From Nowhere (1961)

F-107 MY Chester Warwick My Pal, The Killer / John Trinian Scratch A Thief (1961)

F-108 SF G. McDonald Wallis The Light of Lilith / Damon Knight The Sun Saboteurs (1961)

F-109 SF Andre Norton Storm Over Warlock (1961)

F-110 WE Ray Hogan Track The Man Down / Lee Wells Savage Range (1961)

F-111 MY J. M. Flynn The Girl From Las Vegas / Robert Martin To Have And To Kill (1960)

F-112 NA Jeanne Judson Barbara Ames - Private Secretary / Nell Marr Dean Ratzlaff (as Nell Marr Dean) Fashions For Carol (1961)

F-113 SF Charles L. Fontenay Rebels of The Red Planet / J. T. McIntosh 200 Years to Christmas (1961)

F-114 SF Wallace West The Bird of Time (1961)

F-115 MY John Creighton The Blonde Cried Murder / Fletcher Flora Killing Cousins (1961)

F-116 WE Dwight Bennett Newton (as Clement Hardin) The Lurking Gun / Louis Trimble Deadman Canyon (1961)

F-117 SF Marion Zimmer Bradley The Door Through Space / A. Bertram Chandler Rendezvous on a Lost World (1961)

F-118 NA Jacob O. Kamm Making Profits In The Stock Market (1961)

F-119 SF Gordon R. Dickson Spacial Delivery / Delusion World (1961)

F-120 WE Jack M. Brickham Gunman Can't Hide / John Callahan Come In Shooting (1961)

F-121 MY Helen Nielson Sing Me A Murder / Helen Nielson Woman Missing And Other Stories (1961)

F-122 NA [Dorothy Worley] Dr. Kilbourne Comes Home/[Patti Stone] Calling Nurse Linda (1961)

F-123 SF Leigh Brackett The Nemesis From Terra

F-123 SF Robert Silverberg Collision Course / Leigh Brackett The Nemesis From Terra (1961)

F-124 WE Steven G. Lawrence Slatterly / Steven G. Lawrence Bullet Welcome For Slatterly (1961)

F-125 MY J. M. Flynn Deep Six / Frank Diamond The Widow Maker (1961)

F-126 WE Edwin Booth The Troublemaker / Ray Hogan A Marshall For Lawless (1962)

F-127 SF Marion Zimmer BradleySeven From The Stars / Keith Laumer Worlds Of The Imperium (1962)

F-128 WE Tom West The Buzzard's Nest / Louis Trimble Siege At High Meadow (1962)

F-129 SF William F. Temple The Automated Goliath / William F. Temple The Three Suns Of Amara (1962)

F-130 MY J. M. Flynn The Screaming Cargo / James A. Howard The Bullet-Proof Martyr (1961)

F-131 SF William A. P. White (as Anthony Boucher) (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, Sixth Series

F-132 NA Mario Cappelli Scramble! (1962)

F-133 SF John Brunner Secret Agent of Terra / A. Bertram Chandler The Rim of Space (1962)

F-134 WE Rod Patterson A Shooting At Sundust / Gordon D. Shirreffs Tumbleweed Trigger (1962)

F-135 SF Leigh Brackett The Long Tomorrow (1962)

F-136 NA [Elyse Michaels Sommer (ed.)] Childbirth: True Accounts of Unusual Experiences (1962)

F-137 NA R. Dewitt Miller Impossible: Yet It Happened! (1962)

F-138 WE Steven G. Lawrence Walk A Narrow Trail / Steven G. Lawrence A Noose For Slattery (1962)

F-139 SF Poul Anderson The Makeshift Rocket/Un-Man and Other Stories (1962)

F-140 NA Leonie St. John Love With A Harvard Accent (1962)

F-141 SF Robert Moore Williams The Darkness Before Tomorrow / John Brunner (as Keith Woodcott) The Ladder In The Sky (1962)

F-142 WE L. P. Holmes Wolf Brand / Smoky Pass (1962)

F-143 MY Bob McKnight A Stone Around Her Neck / Clayton Fox End Of A Big Wheel (1962)

F-144 WE Brian Garfield (as Frank Wynne) Massacre Basin / Dwight Bennett Newton (as Clement Hardin) The Badge Shooters (1962)

F-145 SF Robert Silverberg Next Stop The Stars / The Seed of Earth (1962)

F-146 NA John Jakes (as Jay Scotland) Sir Scoundrel (1962)

F-147 SF Andre Norton The Sea Siege / The Eye of The Monster (1962)

F-148 WE Harry Whittington Wild Sky / Tom West Dead Man's Double Cross (1962)

F-149 SF Robert Moore Williams King of the Fourth Planet / Charles V. DeVet & Katherine MacLean Cosmic Checkmate (1962)

F-150 WE Nelson C. Nye Hideout Mountain / Rafe (1962)

F-151 NA Nedra Tyre Reformatory Girls (1962)

F-152 WE Gordon D. Shirreffs Rio Desperado’’ //Voice Of The Gun (1962)

F-153 SF Marion Zimmer Bradley The Sword of Aldones / The Planet Savers (1962)

F-154 SF A. E. van Vogt The Wizard Of Linn (1962)

F-155 MY Lionel White A Death At Sea / The Time Of Terror (1961)

F-156 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs At The Earth's Core (1962)

F-157 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Moon Maid (1962)

F-158 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Pellucidar (1962)

F-159 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Moon Men (1962)

F-160 WE Ray Hogan New Gun For Kingdom City / The Shotgunner (1962)

F-161 SF John Brunner Times Without Number / Donald A. Wollheim (as David Grinnell) Destiny's Orbit (1962)

F-162 SF William A. P. White (as Anthony Boucher) (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, Seventh Series (1962)

F-163 NA Adele De Leeuw Doctor Ellen (1962)

F-164 WE Steven G. Lawrence Longhorns North / Slattery's Gun Says "No" (1962)

F-165 SF Philip José Farmer Cache From Outer Space / The Celestial Blueprint (1962)

F-166 MY Georges Simenon Maigret And The Reluctant Witness / Maigret Has Scruples (1958)

F-167 SF Andre Norton Catseye (1962)

F-168 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Thuvia, Maid Of Mars (1962)

F-169 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan And The Lost Empire (1962)

F-170 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Chessmen Of Mars (1962)

F-171 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tanar Of Pellucidar (1962)

F-172 WE Tom West Battling Buckeroos / Giles A. Lutz Gun Rich (1962)

F-173 SF James White Second Ending / Samuel R. Delany The Jewels of Aptor (1962)

F-174 SF S. B. Hough (as Rex Gordon) First Through Time (1962)

F-175 NA Evelyn Berckman Lament For Four Brides (1962)

F-176 WE Dan J. Stevens Gun Trap At Bright Water / Ray Hogan The Outside Gun (1963)

F-177 SF Terry Carr Warlord of Kor / Robert Moore Williams The Star Wasps (1963)

F-178 SF Donald A. Wollheim (ed.) More Adventures On Other Planets (1963)

F-179 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Pirates Of Venus (1963)

F-180 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan At The Earth's Core (1963)

F-181 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Master Mind Of Mars (1963)

F-182 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Monster Men (1963)

F-183 SF Andre Norton The Defiant Agents (1963)

F-184 WE Nelson C. Nye Death Valley Slim / The Kid From Lincoln County (1963)

F-185 SF Jack Vance The Five Gold Bands / The Dragon Masters (1963)

F-186 WE William O. Turner The High Hander / Louis Trimble Wild Horse Range (1963) (may be misprinted as F-185 on some copies)

F-187 SF Leigh Brackett Alpha Centauri or Die! / G. MacDonald Wallis Legend of Lost Earth (1963)

F-188 SF Philip Francis Nowlan Armageddon 2419 A.D. (1963)

F-189 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan The Invincible (1963)

F-190 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs A Fighting Man Of Mars (1963)

F-191 SF Jules Verne Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1963)

F-192 SF Andre Norton Star Born (1963)

F-193 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Son Of Tarzan (1963)

F-194 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan Triumphant (1963)

F-195 SF Robert Silverberg The Silent Invaders / William F. Temple Battle on Venus (1963)

F-196 WE Harry Whittington Dry Gulch Town / Prairie Raiders (1963)

F-197 SF Andre Norton Witch World (1963)

F-198 NA Simenon The Short Cases Of Inspector Maigret

F-199 SF John Brunner (as Keith Woodcott) The Psionic Menace / Samuel R. Delany Captives of the Flame (1963)

F-200 WE Tom West Triggering Texan / Brian Garfield (as Frank Wynne) The Big Snow (1963)

F-201 SF Robert James Adam (as Paul Mactyre) Doomsday, 1999 (1963)

F-202 NA Evelyn Berckman The Hovering Darkness (1963)

F-203 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Beasts Of Tarzan

F-204 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan And The Jewels Of Opar (1963)

F-205 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan And The City Of Gold (1963)

F-206 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Jungle Tales Of Tarzan (1963)

F-207 SF Andre Norton The Stars Are Ours!

F-208 WE L. P. Holmes Side Me At Sundown / The Buzzards Of Rocky Pass

F-209 SF Kenneth Bulmer The Wizard of Starship Poseidon / Poul Anderson Let The Spacemen Beware! (1963)

F-210 SF Peter George (as Peter Bryant) Red Alert

F-211 SF Otis Adelbert Kline Planet Of Peril (1963)

F-212 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan And The Lion Man

F-213 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Land That Time Forgot (1963)

F-214 WE Louis Trimble The Man From Colorado / Bill Burchardt The Wildcatters (1963)

F-215 SF John Brunner Listen! The Stars / Jane Roberts The Rebellers (1963)

F-216 SF Isaac Asimov The Man Who Upset The Universe (1963)

F-217 SF William A. P. White (as Anthony Boucher) (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, Eighth Series (1963)

F-218 NA Allen Churchill They Never Came Back (1960)

F-219 NA Henry Makow Ask Henry (1963)

F-220 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The People That Time Forgot (1963)

F-221 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Lost On Venus (1963)

F-222 SF Jeff Sutton First On The Moon (1963)

F-223 SF Keith Laumer Envoy to New Worlds / Robert Moore Williams Flight From Yesterday (1963)

F-224 WE Nelson C. Nye Bancroft's Banco / The Seven Six-Gunners (1963)

F-225 SF H. Beam Piper Space Viking (1963)

F-226 SF Andre Norton Huon Of The Horn (1963)

F-227 SF John Brunner The Astronauts Must Not Land / The Space-Time Juggler (1963)

F-228 NA David Howarth We Die Alone (1963)

F-229 MY Louis Trimble The Dead And The Deadly / Bob McKnight Homicide Handicap (1963)

F-230 WE Tom West Lobo Lawman / Ray Hogan Trail Of The Fresno Kid (1963)

F-231 SF Andre Norton Star Gate (1963)

F-232 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Land Of Hidden Men (1963)

F-233 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Out Of Time's Abyss (1963)

F-234 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Eternal Savage (1963)

F-235 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Lost Continent (1963)

F-236 SF Andre Norton The Time Traders

F-237 SF A. Bertram Chandler The Ship From Outside / Beyond the Galactic Rim (1963)

F-238 WE Stephen Payne Brand Him Outlaw / Gordon D. Shirreffs Quicktrigger (1963)

F-239 SF Clifford D. Simak Time And Again (1963)

F-240 SF H. G. Wells When The Sleeper Wakes (1963)

F-241 SF Jack Williamson and James E. Gunn Star Bridge (1963)

F-242 SF John Brunner The Rites of Ohe / Castaways World (1963)

F-243 SF Andre Norton Lord Of Thunder (1963)

F-244 WE Ray Hogan Last Gun At Cabresto / Edwin Booth Valley Of Violence (1962)

F-245 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Back To The Stone Age (1963)

F-246 SF Thea von Harbou Metropolis (1963)

F-247 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Carson Of Venus (1963)

F-248 SF Ray Cummings Beyond The Stars (1963)

F-249 SF L. Sprague de Camp The Hand of Zei/The Search for Zei (1963)

F-250 WE Barry Cord The Masked Gun / Tom West Gallows Gulch (1963)

F-251 SF Philip K. Dick The Game-Players Of Titan (1963)

F-252 WE J. C. Bayliss (as John Clifford) The Shooting Of Storey James (1964)

F-253 SF Robert Silverberg (as Calvin M. Knox) One of Our Asteroids is Missing / A. E. van Vogt The Twisted Men (1964)

F-254 WE Philip Ketchum The Ghost Riders / William Heuman Hardcase Halloran (1964)

F-255 SF Philip E. High The Prodigal Sun (1964)

F-256 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Land Of Terror (1964)

F-257 SF Fletcher Pratt Alien Planet (1964)

F-258 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Cave Girl (1964)

F-259 SF Otis Adelbert Kline Prince Of Peril (1964)

F-260 WE Louis Trimble Trouble At Gunsight / Brian Garfield Trail Drive

F-261 SF Samuel R. Delany The Towers of Toron / Robert Moore Williams The Lunar Eye (1964)

F-262 WE Clifton Adams Reckless Men (1964)

F-263 SF Andre Norton Web Of The Witch World (1964)

F-264 WE Ben Elliott Contract In Cartridges / Tom West Don't Cross My Line (1964)

F-265 SF Jack Vance The Houses of Iszm / Son of The Tree (1964)

F-266 WE Allan Vaughan Elston Roundup On The Yellowstone

F-267 SF Robert P. Mills (ed.) The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction, 9th Series (1964)

F-268 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Escape On Venus (1964)

F-269 SF J. H. Rosny Quest Of The Dawn Man (1964)

F-270 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs The Mad King (1964)

F-271 SF Edmond Hamilton Outside The Universe (1964)

F-272 WE Ray Hogan The Man From Barranca Negra / Stephen Payne No Job For A Cowboy (1964)

F-273 SF Marion Zimmer Bradley Falcons of Narabedla / The Dark Intruder (1964)

F-274 SF H. Beam Piper The Cosmic Computer (1964)

F-275 SF Philip E. High No Truce With Terra / Murray Leinster The Duplicators (1964)

F-276 WE Brian Garfield (as Brian Wynne) Mr. Six Gun / William E. Vance The Wolf Slayer (1964)

F-277 SF John Brunner To Conquer Chaos (1964)

F-278 NA Frances Spatz Leighton Patty Goes To Washington (1964)

F-279 SF Andre Norton (as Andrew North) Sargasso of Space

F-280 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Savage Pellucidar (1964)

F-281 SF Pierre Benoit Atlantida (1964)

F-282 SF Edgar Rice Burroughs Beyond The Farthest Star (1964)

F-283 SF Arthur Sarsfield Ward (as Sax Rohmer) The Day The World Ended (1964)

F-284 WE Lin Searles Border Passage / Ben Smith The Homesteader (1964)

F-285 SF Fritz Leiber Ships to the Stars / Ken Bulmer The Million Year Hunt (1964)

F-286 WE Jim Bosworth The Long Way North (1964)

F-287 SF Andre Norton Key Out Of Time (1964)

F-288 NA Hal Sherman Fishing For Laughs

F-289 SF Kenneth Bulmer Demons' World / Tom Purdom I Want the Stars (1964)

F-290 WE D. B. Olsen Night Of The Bowstring (1954)

F-291 SF Andre Norton (as Andrew North) Plague Ship (1964)

F-292 WE Gordon D. Shirreffs The Hidden Rider Of Dark Mountain / Tom West The Man At Rope's End (1964)

F-293 SF E. C. Tubb Moonbase (1964)

F-294 SF Otis Adelbert Kline The Port of Peril (1964)

F-295 SF A. E. van Vogt The World Of Null-A

F-296 SF Edwin L. Arnold Gulliver Of Mars (1964)

F-297 SF Henry Kuttner Valley Of The Flame (1964)

F-298 WE Nelson C. Nye Treasure Trail From Tucson / Sudden Country (1964)

F-299 SF John Brunner Endless Shadow/ Gardner Fox The Arsenal of Miracles (1964)

F-300 WE Brian Garfield Vultures in the Sun

F-301 SF Philip K. Dick The Simulacra (1964)

F-302 WE Brian Garfield (as Frank Wynne) Dragoon Pass

F-303 SF Marion Zimmer Bradley The Bloody Sun

F-304 SF Roger Sherman Hoar (as Ralph Milne Farley) The Radio Beasts (1964)

F-305 SF Robert E. Howard Almuric (1964)

F-306 SF C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner Earth's Last Citadel (1964)

F-307 SF Gardner F. Fox Warrior Of Llarn (1964)

F-308 SF Andre Norton Judgment On Janus (1964)

F-309 SF Philip K. Dick Clans Of The Alphane Moon (1964)

F-310 SF Andre Norton Galactic Derelict (1964)

F-311 SF Donald A. Wollheim (ed.) Swordsmen In The Sky (1964)

F-312 SF Roger Sherman Hoar (as Ralph Milne Farley) The Radio Planet

F-313 SF Ray Cummings A Brand New World (1964)

F-314 SF James H. Schmitz The Universe Against Her (1964)

F-315 SF Andre Norton The Beast Master

F-316 WE Robert McCaig The Burntwood Men (1964)

F-317 SF James White The Escape Orbit (1965)

F-318 SF Austin Hall The Spot Of Life (1965)

F-319 SF Edmond Hamilton Crashing Suns (1965)

F-320 SF John Brunner (as Keith Woodcott) The Martian Sphinx (1965)

F-321 SF Otis Adelbert Kline Maza Of The Moon (1965)

F-322 SF Samuel R. Delany City Of A Thousand Suns (1965)

F-323 SF Andre Norton Daybreak - 2250 A.D.

F-324 WE Brian Garfield Apache Canyon

F-325 SF Andre Norton Ordeal In Otherwhere (1965)

F-326 SF Lin Carter The Wizard Of Lemuria (1965)

F-327 SF Henry Kuttner The Dark World (1965)

F-328 SF Edward E. Smith The Galaxy Primes (1965)

F-329 SF Andre Norton Storm Over Warlock (1965)

F-330 SF Avram Davidson What Strange Stars And Skies (1965)

F-331 NA Gahan Wilson Graveside Manner (1965)

F-332 SF Andre Norton Three Against The Witch World (1965)

F-333 SF L. Sprague de Camp Rogue Queen (1965)

F-334 SF Rex Dean Levie The Insect Warriors (1965)

F-335 SF Robert Moore Williams The Second Atlantis (1965)

F-336 WE Ernest Hacox Six-Gun Duo (1965)

F-337 SF Philip K. Dick Dr. Bloodmoney, Or How We Got Along After The Bomb (1965)

F-338 NA Ace Crossword Puzzle Book No. 1 (1965)

F-339 NA Arlene Hale Private Duty for Nurse Scott (1965)

F-340 WE John L. Shelley and David Shelley The Relentless Rider (1965)

F-341 NA Suzanne Roberts A Prize For Nurse Darci (1965)

F-342 SF H. Beam Piper Lord Kalvan Of Otherwhen (1965)

F-343 SF Ray Cummings The Exile Of Time (1965)

F-344 SF Henry Kuttner The Well Of The Worlds (1965)

F-345 SF Homer Eon Flint The Lord Of Death And The Queen Of Life (1965)

F-346 SF John W. Campbell Jr. The Black Star Passes (1965)

F-347 SF Ian Wright The Last Hope Of Earth (1965)

F-348 WE Nelson C. Nye Guns Of Horse Prairie

F-349 NA Suzanne Roberts Celebrity Suite Nurse (1965)

F-350 SF Marion Zimmer Bradley Star Of Danger (1965)

F-351 WE Louis Trimble The Holdout In The Diablos

F-352 NA Arlene Hale Nurse On Leave (1965)

F-353 SF Avram Davidson Rogue Dragon (1965)

F-354 SF Gardner F. Fox The Hunter Out Of Time (1965)

F-355 SF Homer Eon Flint The Devolutionist And The Emancipatrix (1965)

F-356 SF Henry Kuttner The Time Axis (1965)

F-357 SF Andre Norton Year Of The Unicorn (1965)

F-358 WE William Vance The Wild Riders Of Savage Valley (1965)

F-359 NA Sharon Heath Jungle Nurse (1965)

F-360 WE L. L. Foreman Rawhiders Of The Brasada (1965)

F-361 SF John Brunner The Day Of The Star Cities (1965)

F-362 NA Suzanne Roberts The Two Dr. Barlowes (1965)

F-363 SF Ray Cummings Tama Of The Light Country (1965)

F-364 SF John W. Campbell Jr. The Mightiest Machine (1965)

F-365 SF Andre Norton Night Of Masks (1965)

F-366 SF Andre Norton The Last Planet

F-367 SF Philip José Farmer The Maker Of Universes (1965)

F-368 NA Arlene Hale Chicago Nurse (1965)

F-369 NA Samuel A. Peeples (as Samuel Anthony Peeples) The Lobo Horseman (1965)

F-370 WE Samuel A. Peeples (as Brad Ward) The Man From Andersonville (1965)

F-371 NA Arlene Hale Camp Nurse (1965)

F-372 SF Edward E. Smith Spacehounds of IPC (1966)

F-373 SF Jack Jardine and Julie Anne Jardine (jointly as Howard L. Cory) The Sword Of Lankor (1966)

F-374 SF Jeff Sutton The Atom Conspiracy (1966)

F-375 SF Robert A. Heinlein The Worlds Of Robert A. Heinlein (1966)

F-376 WE Lewis B. Patten The Odds Against Circle L (1966)

F-377 SF Philip K. Dick The Crack In Space (1966)

F-378 NA Mary Mann Fletcher Danger - Nurse At Work (1966)

F-379 SF Frank Herbert The Green Brain (1966)

F-380 WE Lee Hoffman The Legend Of Blackjack Sam (1966)

F-381 NA Sharon Heath Nurse At Shadow Manor (1966)

F-382 SF Brian W. Aldiss Bow Down To Nul (1966)

F-383 SF Lin Carter Thongor Of Lemuria (1966)

F-384 NA L. P. Holmes The Savage Hours (1966)

F-385 NA Arlene Hale Emergency For Nurse Selena (1966)

F-386 SF Andre Norton The Time Traders (1966)

F-387 NA Arlene Hale Mountain Nurse (1966)

F-388 SF Samuel R. Delany Babel-17 (1966)

F-389 WE William Colt MacDonald Shoot Him On Sight

F-390 SF James Holbrook Vance (as Jack Vance) The Languages of Pao (1966)

F-391 SF Andre Norton The Crossroads of Time (1966)

F-392 SF Emil Petaja Saga Of Lost Earths (1966)

F-393 SF Roger Zelazny This Immortal (1966)

F-394 NA Gail Everett Journey For A Nurse (1966)

F-395 WE Nelson C. Nye Iron Hand

F-396 SF Kenneth Bulmer Worlds For The Taking (1966)

F-397 NA Willo Davis Roberts Nurse Kay's Conquest (1966)

F-398 SF Eric Frank Russell Somewhere A Voice (1966)

F-399 SF Gardner F. Fox Thief Of Llarn (1966)

F-400 SF Otis Adelbert Kline Jan Of The Jungle (1966)

F-401 WE Merle Constiner Outrage At Bearskin Forks (1966)

F-402 SF Paul Linebarger (as Cordwainer Smith) Quest Of The Three Worlds (1966)

F-403 SF Roger Zelazny The Dream Master (1966)

F-404 WE Clifton Adams The Grabhorn Bounty (1966)

F-405 NA Suzanne Roberts Vietnam Nurse (1966)

F-406 SF Ray Cummings Tama, Princess Of Mercury (1966)

F-407 SF Thomas Burnett Swann Day Of The Minotaur (1966)

F-408 SF Andre Norton The Sioux Spaceman (1966)

F-409 WE Lin Searles Cliff Rider (1966)

F-410 NA Arlene Hale Lake Resort Nurse (1966)

F-411 WE L. L. Foreman The Mustang Trail (1966)

F-412 SF Philip José Farmer The Gates Of Creation (1966)

F-413 NA Sharon Heath A Vacation For Nurse Dean (1966)

F-414 SF Emil Petaja The Star Mill (1966)

F-415 WE Brian Garfield (as Frank Wynne) The Bravos

F-416 SF S. B. Hough (as Rex Gordon) Utopia Minus X (1966)

F-417 NA Willo Davis Roberts Once A Nurse (1966)

F-418 WE Nelson C. Nye Single Action (1967)

F-419 NA Suzanne Roberts Rangeland Nurse (1967)

F-420 SF Neil R. Jones Professor Jameson Space Adventure 1: The Planet Of The Double Sun (1967)

F-421 SF Donald E. Westlake (as Curt Clark) Anarchaos (1967)

F-422 SF Leigh Brackett The Sword Of Rhiannon (1967)

F-423 WE Lewis B. Patten Giant On Horseback (1967)

F-424 NA Arlene Hale Community Nurse (1967)

F-425 SF Poul Anderson World Without Stars (1967)

F-426 SF Gordon R. Dickson The Genetic General (1967)

F-427 SF Samuel R. Delany The Einstein Intersection (1967)

F-428 WE William Colt Macdonald Mascarada Pass (1967)

F-429 SF Philip K. Dick The World Jones Made (1967)

F-430 NA Arlene Hale Nurse On The Beach (1967)

List of humanoid aliens

This is a list of humanoid alien characters who have traits similar to that of human beings including bipedalism, opposable thumbs, facial features, etc.

List of science fiction novels

This is a list of science fiction novels, novel series, and collections of linked short stories. It includes modern novels, as well as novels written before the term "science fiction" was in common use. This list includes novels not marketed as SF but still considered to be substantially science fiction in content by some critics, such as Nineteen Eighty Four. As such, it is an inclusive list, not an exclusive list based on other factors such as level of notability or literary quality. Books are listed in alphabetical order by title, ignoring the leading articles "A", "An", and "The". Novel series are alphabetical by author-designated name or, if there is none, the title of the first novel in the series or some other reasonable designation.

Ras Thavas

Ras Thavas is a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his 1927 novel The Master Mind of Mars. Within the narrative framework of the story he is an elderly Martian mad scientist of the city-state of Toonol, the "Master Mind" of the novel's title, skilled in the surgical transplantation of brains. He takes in protagonist Ulysses Paxton, an earthman newly arrived on the planet, and educates him in the ways of Barsoom, as Mars is known to its inhabitants.

Ras has perfected techniques of brain transplantation, which he uses to provide rich elderly Martians with youthful new bodies for a profit. Distrustful of his fellow Martians, he trains Paxton as his assistant to perform the same operation on him. But Paxton has fallen in love with Valla Dia, one of Ras' young victims, whose body has been swapped for that of the hag Xaxa, Jeddara (empress) of the city-state of Phundahl. He refuses to operate on Ras until his mentor promises to restore her to her rightful body. Ras agrees, and receives his operation. Now distrustful of his protege, the scientist plots to murder him, but Paxton escapes in the company of other experimental victims of the master mind and proceeds to Phundahl on his quest to retrieve Valla Dia's original body. Ras warns Xaxa against Paxton, but the group ultimately succeeds in kidnapping the Jeddara and reversing the brain exchange. Later Ras travels to Phundahl for aid in recovering his island laboratory, from which he has been expelled by soldiers from Toonol. He finds Xaxa overthrown and Paxton's ally Dar Tarus the new Jeddak. Tarus agrees to oust the Toonolians on the condition that Ras reform and cease trafficking in bodies.

Robert K. Abbett

Robert Kennedy Abbett (January 5, 1926 – June 20, 2015) was an American artist and illustrator.

Sword and planet

Sword and planet is a subgenre of science fantasy that features rousing adventure stories set on other planets, and usually featuring humans as protagonists. The name derives from the heroes of the genre engaging their adversaries in hand-to-hand combat primarily with simple melée weapons such as swords, even in a setting that often has advanced technology. Although there are works that herald the genre, such as Percy Greg's Across the Zodiac (1880) and Edwin Lester Arnold's Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation (1905; published in the US in 1964 as Gulliver of Mars), the prototype for the genre is A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs originally serialized by All-Story in 1912 as "Under the Moons of Mars".The genre predates the mainstream popularity of science fiction proper, and does not necessarily feature any scientific rigor, being instead romantic tales of high adventure. For example, little thought is given to explaining why the environment of the alien planet is compatible with life from Earth, just that it does in order to allow the hero to move about and interact with the natives. Native technology will often break the known laws of physics.

The genre tag "sword and planet" is constructed to mimic the terms sword and sorcery and sword and sandal. The phrase appears to have first been coined in the 1960s by Donald A. Wollheim, editor of Ace Books, and later of DAW Books at a time when the genre was undergoing a revival. Both Ace Books and DAW Books were instrumental in bringing much of the earlier pulp sword and planet stories back into print, as well as publishing a great deal of new, imitative work by a new generation of authors.

There is a fair amount of overlap between sword and planet and planetary romance although some works are considered to belong to one and not the other. Influenced by the likes of A Princess of Mars yet more modern and technologically savvy, sword and planet more directly imitates the conventions established by Burroughs in the Mars series. That is to say that the hero is alone as the only human being from Earth, swords are the weapon of choice, and while the alien planet has some advanced technology, it is used only in limited applications to advance the plot or increase the grandeur of the setting. In general the alien planet will seem to be more medieval and primitive than Earth. This leads to anachronistic situations such as flying ships held aloft by anti-gravity technology, while ground travel is done by riding domesticated native animals.

Synthetic Men of Mars

Synthetic Men of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the ninth of his Barsoom series. It was first published in the magazine Argosy Weekly in six parts in early 1939. The first complete edition of the novel was published in 1940 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Despite a successful career stretching back more than two decades, Burroughs had trouble finding a publisher for the serialized version of the novel. Both Liberty and Blue Book turned him down; Argosy was his third choice. He received US$1200 for the magazine rights.

The Gods of Mars

The Gods of Mars is a science fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the second of his Barsoom series. It was first published in The All-Story as a five-part serial in the issues for January–May 1913. It was later published as a complete novel by A. C. McClurg in September, 1918.

As in many of his novels, Burroughs begins with a frame story that explains how he (Burroughs) came into possession of the text, implying it recounts true events.

Timeline of science fiction

This is a timeline of science fiction as a literary tradition.

Ulysses (given name)

Ulysses is the Latinized version of Odysseus. The name was made famous by the American Civil War hero and eighteenth president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, by James Joyce's novel Ulysses, and the film of the same name.

Ulysses Paxton

Ulysses Paxton is a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his novel The Master Mind of Mars. Within the narrative framework of the novel, Captain Paxton, United States Army Infantry, is a fan of Burroughs' Barsoom series, and after having a shell blow off his legs during trench warfare in World War I, he finds himself drawn across the gulfs of space to Mars (where his body is whole again) like John Carter before him. He sends Burroughs a first person manuscript of his adventures on the dying planet, which Burroughs publishes.

On Mars, Paxton is taken in by elderly mad scientist Ras Thavas, the "Master Mind" of the novel's title, who educates him in the ways of Barsoom and bestows on him the Martian name Vad Varo. Ras has perfected techniques of transplanting brains, which he uses to provide rich elderly Martians with youthful new bodies for a profit. Distrustful of his fellow Martians, he trains Paxton as his assistant to perform the same operation on him. But Paxton has fallen in love with Valla Dia, one of Ras' young victims, whose body has been swapped for that of the hag Xaxa, Jeddara (empress) of the city-state of Phundahl. He refuses to operate on Ras until his mentor promises to restore her to her rightful body. A quest for that body ensues, in which Paxton is aided by others of Ras' experimental victims, and in the end (and after meeting fellow Earthman John Carter) he attains the hand of his Valla Dia, who in a happy plot twist turns out to be a princess.

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