A Princess of Mars - Phoenix Science Fiction Classics

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Phoenix Pick, 2009 - Fiction - 192 pages
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*** The Phoenix Science Fiction Classics series has been designed for the convenience of students. Special margins provide liberal space for students to take notes. *** These distinctive trade paperbacks have also been priced to make them one of the most affordable critical series in the market today, making them easily accessible to students of all economic means. *** Each book includes notes, critical essays, chronologies, bibliographies and more. *** *** Dejah Thoris, Princess of the red humanoid race on Mars, is captured by the four-armed green 'Tharks.' John Carter, mysteriously transported from Arizona (and now possessing super strength) rescues the Princess resulting in grand romantic adventure. *** One of the great pulp science fictions of the early twentieth century, A Princess of Mars inspired many future science fiction writers including Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury. Carl Sagan, who read the book as a child, was fascinated by it. A map of Mars, as imagined by Burroughs, hung outside Sagan's offices in Cornell University.*** This edition includes critical essays by acclaimed author and senior lecturer (Arizona State University) Paul Cook and by Alexei and Cory Panshin (adapted from their Hugo-winning work on science fiction, The World Beyond the Hill).

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Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago. His father, George Tyler was a distiller and a battery manufacturer. Early in life Burroughs attempted to support his family in a variety of occupations, including railroad policeman, business partner, and miner. None of these proved successful. However, Burroughs had always enjoyed reading adventure fiction and decided to try his hand at writing. His first attempt, written under the pseudonym Normal Bean, sold very quickly and Burroughs' career took off. Although critics and educators have not always been supportive of Burroughs' writing, the characters in his stories have entertained readers for many years. Tarzan was the most popular, earning Burroughs enough money to start his own publishing house and a motion picture company. Another character, John Carter, is the hero of Burroughs' Mars adventure series. The continuing popularity of these characters has led some critics to reconsider the value of Burroughs' writing and to acknowledge significant themes in his stories. Burroughs died on March 19, 1950.

Paul Cook is the author/editor of many IEE guidance publications, including the "On-Site Guide" and several Electrician s Guides. Originally trained as an electricity distribution engineer, for most of his career he has been in electrical contracting, undertaking a variety of roles from design engineer to business manager. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET.

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