edgar rice burroughs
and the old solar system

[ + links to:   Amtor  -  Barsoom  -  Edgar Rice Burroughs Sentence Structure  -  Pellucidar  -  The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs ]

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 in 24 volumes.  The Caspak trilogy, The Land that Time Forgot, The People that Time Forgot, and Out of Time's Abyss.  Also a lost-race tale set in Cambodia, The Land of Hidden Men.  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.

illustration by Chaim Garcia

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

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.

The mechanics of Burroughs' style are investigated in The weaving flow of ERB's prose, with a focus on one paragraph in The Master Mind of Mars.

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.

See I-Spy Jasoom for ways in which we might see our Earthly circumstances in a Burroughsian light.

For Tarzan and the City of Gold and ERB's authorial tone, see The Voices of Narrators.

See From 1520 to Barsoom for a stream of consciousness that leads from the Field of the Cloth of Gold to the sack of Zodanga.

See Searching for further adventures on Sassoom for the need for a continuation of Skeleton Men of Jupiter.

See the extracts, The Moon's inner landscape; Violent Jovian seas; Perilous forest on Phobos.

ERB-related issues occupy much of the moral dimensions page.