Avatar, John Carter, and the return of planetary romance

Echo Station 5-7

An Earthman—an ex-soldier—is transported to a distant and exotic planet. Alone in the wilderness, he encounters hostile aliens. His first meaningful human contact is a rescue involving a princess, the daughter of a powerful chieftain, who at first treats him with disdain. But as she teaches him the ways of her graceful but scantily clad people, they come to respect and eventually to love each other. The Earthman learns to use telepathy to control the great multilegged beasts he rides. He becomes a warrior in his new culture and unites many tribes to fight the bad guys and save his adopted nation.

The creator of this work has drawn on up-to-date science to make his story, although fantastic, at least plausible. The story is wildly successful and inspires a host of imitations, most of which are grossly inferior, and effectively launches a new genre.

It was published in 1912.


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One thought on “Avatar, John Carter, and the return of planetary romance”

  1. Burroughs Now On My List To Check-Out–Thanks, Tiger

    Thanks much for this selection, tiger, veddy eenteresting. And I think this fellow at “echo station” is far more substantial for his expo and analysis than the geek at Geekritique.” The geek has LOTS and lots of improving to do for getting past gross superficiality.

    For some reason, I never saw “Avatar,” but I suspect people liked it as it was commentary on the corrupt, Jews and satanists we have ruling now, esp. in West, and the poor, dumb, brainless bastards we have for fellow citizens just cannot, for the very life of them, figure it out–least of all a totally superficial, empty-head type as the geek of Geekritique.

    We’re now preparing for a veritable tsunami of a cataclysm here in Jew S A as currency and economy steadily collapse, even as we speak–people like aforementioned geek will be lucky to survive, I’m afraid. Geek isn’t bad person, I’m sure, he’s just sooooooooo utterly clueless–this, even as he imagines he’s sooooooo cool w. the slick clichés and platitudes.

    I never read Edgar Rice Burroughs, but neat sort of reviews as u feature w. this selection make it seem interesting, for sure. Keep up ur good work. A.


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