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A Guide to Barsoom

by John Flint Roy

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When Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) wrote "Dejah Thoris, A Princess of Mars," in 1911, he had no idea that he was opening a new era in the science fiction field. His account of fifteen-foot green men, eight-legged beasts, oviparous females, and swordswinging red men was an immediate success.

And the public clamored for more.

Over a period of thirty years, Burroughs wrote ten Martian tales... the story of life and death, romance and tragedy on the Red Planet is undoubtedly one of the greatest series of all time. Burroughs created a world of dead seabeds, towering mountains, polar ice caps, underground rivers ... he peopled the planet with four different human races and one semihuman. He gave Mars a history, several phases of civilization and an assortment of religions. He added dauntless heros, beautiful maidens, evil villains and fearful monsters—all the ingredients necessary for a series of thrilling adventures on any world!

Featuring over two dozen illustrations, including maps of the North and South Poles of Barsoom, as well as of the planet's Western and Eastern Hemispheres


Fully comprehensive, it is a masterpiece work by noted Barsoom scholar John Flint Roy, and illustrated by the esteemed Barsoom artist Neal MacDonald, including a Neal MacDonald cover. Print copies are extremely rare and expensive so we at ReAnimus Press are delighted that we can bring it back as an ebook.

"We used it as our bible." —Andrew Stanton (Director of Disney's "John Carter" movie, LA Times)


Introduction to the 2012 edition by Mike Resnick
I — A Brief History of Pre-Carter Barsoom
II — A Geography of Barsoom, Including a Gazetteer-Index and Hemispheric and Polar Maps of Its Surface
III — A Biography of Barsoom, Including a Dictionary of People, Past and Present, Whose Names Appear in the Barsoomian Sagas
IV — The Flora and Fauna of Barsoom, Including a Dictionary of Barsoomian Plants and Animals
V Measurements — on Barsoom—Linear, Time, Monetary—and a List of Barsoomian Numbers
VI — The Language, Religions, and Customs of Barsoom
VII — A General Barsoomian Glossary: Terms, Titles, Organizations, Games, Weapons, Buildings, Streets, Etc.
VIII — Quotations, Proverbs, and Expletives—From the Rich Heritage of Barsoom and the Pen of John Carter
IX — Barsoomian Science and Invention
X Through — Space to Barsoom?
XI — "Edgar Rice Burroughs": A Brief Biographical Sketch
Acknowledgments and Sources
From the Author


The Avenue of Quays in Aaanthor (frontispiece)
Plant Men
The Atmosphere Plant
The Zitidar (above) and the Thoat (below)
Maps of the North and South Poles of Barsoom, as well as of the planet's Western and Eastern Hemispheres
A Green Man
The Game of Yano
A Calot (Barsoomian Watchdog) and His Red Man Master
An Orovar Helmet
A Jetan Piece: Thoat
A Jetan Piece: Warrior, or Than
The Banth, or Barsoomian Lion
Artists Conception of the Barsoomian Table of Linear Measurement
Two Barsoomian Watches and a Barsoomian Clock
A Sith and Its Unidentified Victim
A White Ape
The Palace of Peace in Ptarth
A Torch of Horz
The Pit of Plenty in Kadabra
The Ulsio, Martian Rat
A Calot Tree
An Apt vs. a Red Man
A Conventional Ground Flier
A Flier of Okar and Panar
The Pedestal of Truth in the Temple of Reward of Greater Helium

Don't get stuck in the Valley of Lost Souls — Learn your way around Barsoom today!


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