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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