A Princess Of Mars
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A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs is termed “pulp fiction.” Outside of the movie of the same name starring John Travolta, most readers these days don’t understand what that means. Originally the term was formed to describe inexpensive magazine serials of escapist fantasy which were printed on cheap “pulp” paper which were highly popular in the 1930’s and 40’s. Serials like this are making a comeback with the advent of e-books today
The genre rocketed Edgar Rice Burroughs and other authors into immense stardom during a time when Sci-Fi adventures like he wrote were nearly unheard of. Science Fiction, Horror, and Hard-boiled detective stories found a home in the hands of the general populace, and they loved it. Conan the Barbarian, John Carter, Tarzan, and Sherlock Holmes were some of the names that became famous during the era. Tales of manly men rescuing naked women and dominating hostile planets ruled.
And that is A Princess of Mars in a nutshell. John Carter is the courageous hero who rescues a naked princess (because everyone on the planet is naked) on a hostile Mars riddled with war and conflict. He unites the cultures of Mars and launches it into a period of prosperity and peace, ruled by him of course, and his princess.