The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Anglais) Broché – 1 octobre 2013
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Eleven new tales set in the legendary worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Most people don’t know it, but the best-selling American writer of the 1920s wasn’t Hemingway or Fitzgerald, but Edgar Rice Burroughs. Everyone knows that he created Tarzan, but he wasn’t limited to that one classic creation. There was John Carter, Warlord of Mars. There was Pellucidar, the wondrous world that exists at the center of the Earth, and Carson of Venus, the Wrong-Way Corrigan of space, who set off for Mars and wound up on Venus for four novels and part of a fifth.
Many top science fiction and fantasy writers of today grew up reading Burroughs, and this anthology is their way of “paying back” and thanking him for stirring their imaginations. Join their celebration with these all new tales set in the astounding worlds that Edgar Rice Burroughs brought to life: giving their own spin on the unforgettable characters conceived by one of the great masters of science fiction, adventure, and fantasy.
About The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs:
“More fun than I've had in an anthology in a long time.”—Critical Mass
"[A]ltogether a fitting and enjoyable tribute to the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs."—SF Crowsnest
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Within these pages are three Tarzan tales(one in which Joe Lansdale puts the ape man in another of Burroughs's worlds, The Land That Time Forgot), two Pellucidar stories, a Carson Napier, Moon Maid, Mucker, a tale from Beyond The Farthest Star, and a western featuring the white man raised by Geronimo. The only reprint is a John Carter story(The Burroughs estate was contractually bound against any new Mars pieces, likely because of the John Carter anthology already out.)It was originally published in 1963 as part of a giveaway and only a thousand copies were printed.
Some of the authors featured include the already mentioned Lansdale, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Peter David, Richard A. Lupoff, Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A Hoyt, Max Allan Collins & Matthew Clemens, Todd McCaffrey, F. Paul Wilson, Mercedes lackey, Ralph Roberts, and Mike Resnick.
Loved every story here and more than one of them demanded a sequel. Fingers crossed.
- "Introduction" by Mike Resnick & Bob Garcia tells of the several worlds developed by ERB and the continuing interest in his works.
- "Tarzan and the Great War" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes Tarzan of errands in Algiers.
- "The Fallen, A Tale of Pellucidar" by Mercedes Lackey introduces Dek to a fallen angel.
- "Scorpion Men of Venus" by Richard A. Lupoff puts Carson Napier into a bind.
- "The Forgotten Sea of Mars" (ERB-dom, 1963) by Mike Resnick sends John Carter looking for a missing comrade.
- "Apache Lawman" by Ralph Roberts solves a money problem at the Billing ranch.
- "Moon Maid Over Manhattan" by Peter David brings Nah-ee-lah down to Earth.
- "Tarzan and the Martian Invaders" by Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A. Hoyt warns Tarzan of a Martian scout ship.
- "The Two Billys, a Mucker Story" by Max Allan Collins & Matthew Clemens involves Billy the mucker in a rescue.
- "To the Nearest Planet" by Todd McCaffrey discloses a planet with a sterility problem.
- "The Dead World" by F. Paul Wilson follows a balloon ride to a moon.
- "Tarzan and the Land That Time Forgot" by Joe R. Lansdale exposes Tarzan and his friends to a very hostile environment.
- Author Biographers lists the authors in alphabetical order with short biographies.
These tales are written by fans of ERB and provide brief glimpses of the various places and characters developed by him. ERB was born on September 1, 1875, and died on March 19, 1950. His first publication -- A Princess of Mars -- was released in 1911 and he continued to publish works for the next thirty-five years. His estate released even more new tales from his archives after his death.
ERB was one of the most prolific authors of his time. He was a pioneer in science fiction before that term was invented. He also wrote historical and contemporary tales. This is a good introduction to his works for those who are not familiar with his legacy.
The infrastructure in these stories is definitely dated, but they are still very readable. Maybe teleportation is unbelievable, but heroic behavior is even more popular today. The romantic aspects are muted compared to contemporary tales, but love is very apparent in ERB's stories.
Highly recommended for Burroughs fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of adventure, strange places, and interesting characters. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
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