edgar rice burroughs
and the old solar system

ERB was one of the most prolific, influential and enjoyable OSS authors.  He's more than just an unputdownable read.  His combination of virtues and faults make him a useful object of study - perhaps the most useful of all authors, if you're trying to get to grips with the mystery of story-telling - trying to isolate that elusive key factor... 

(We have a go at sifting his secret on the Barsoom and Pellucidar pages.)


world by world

On Venus:  The Amtor series - Pirates of Venus, Lost on Venus, Carson of Venus, Escape on Venus.  Plus a late novella, The Wizard of Venus.

On the Earth:  The Pellucidar series.  The Tarzan series.  The Caspak trilogy.  And the great novel of revolt against Lunarian domination, The Moon Men.

On (or rather in) the MoonThe Moon Maid.

On Mars:  the Barsoom series.

On JupiterSkeleton Men of Jupiter.


See also the page on ERB's sentence-structure.

For ERB's style of writing see the OSS Diary for 26th August 2016 - with examples from Tarzan's Quest.

For ERB's consistency of standard, see the OSS Diary for 21st September 2016.

For some psychological depth in The Gods of Mars, see the Diary for 13th October 2016.

For an episode-comparison between Pirates of Venus and Rex Gordon's No Man Friday see Unexpected Survival at Planetfall.

For a comparison between ERB and Michael Moorcock, see the OSS Diary for 31st December 2016, "At Martian Swordpoint - How Not to Do It - and How To Do It".  For further comparisons with Michael Moorcock's Mars trilogy see the OSS Diary for 2nd February 2017 (Martian zoology) and the OSS Diary for 18th February 2017 (soliloquies).

For a more way-out comparison between ERB and Homer, see the OSS Diary for 30th December 2016.

For GAWI and The Chessmen of Mars, see the OSS Diary, 25th January 2017.
For GAWI and Skeleton Men of Jupiter, see the OSS Diary, 19th March 2017.

For "religion" in The Master Mind of Mars see The Worship of Tur.

For ERB and the virtues of "slow space travel", citing The Moon Maid,
                               see the Diary for 5th December 2016.

For more detail on the "moral contours" of Barsoom, and the contrast between that world and Amtor regarding arena combat, see the OSS Diary for 24th March 2017.

For ERB and "excusology" see the Diary, Science Points the Way - Now Go and Play - with reference to Skeleton Men of Jupiter.

For comparisons between ERB's writing and Lin Carter's in the latter's pastiche Jandar series, see the Callisto page and Thanator - For and Against.


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