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The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs Paperback – October 1, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Once a bestselling author and now largely forgotten (2012's calamitous John Carter movie aside), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) offered his readers energetic pulp adventures in exciting settings: African jungles, the Earth's hollow interior, an overgrown Venus, a dying Mars. This Festschrift includes 11 stories from a variety of SF authors; all are original to this volume except Resnick's own The Forgotten Seas of Mars, first published in the fanzine ERB-dom in 1965. Included are homages to Tarzan of the Apes (Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Tarzan and the Great War), Carson Napier of Venus (Richard A. Lupoff's Scorpion Men of Venus), and mysterious Pellucidar (Mercedes Lackey's The Fallen: A Tale of Pellucidar). The high point is Lansdale's Tarzan and the Land Time Forgot, a crossover between two of Burroughs's series. The other contributions are variable in quality; the nadir is Lupoff's, which reads more like a fragment of a novel than a short story. An exercise in compulsive nostalgia, this anthology is uneven but quite sincere. (Oct.)
"All the authors are clearly familiar with the Burroughs canon, and deliver good yarns in the vein of the original. ... A fun idea, well executed by all involved."
ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION: On Books
"These authors, one and all, have definitely captured the ERB magic. Anyone with fond memories of the Burroughs oeuvre will surely enjoy this book. Anyone who's wondered what the fuss is all about should give it a try "
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Within these pages are three Tarzan tales(one in which Joe Lansdale puts the ape man in another of Burroughs's worlds, The Land That Time Forgot), two Pellucidar stories, a Carson Napier, Moon Maid, Mucker, a tale from Beyond The Farthest Star, and a western featuring the white man raised by Geronimo. The only reprint is a John Carter story(The Burroughs estate was contractually bound against any new Mars pieces, likely because of the John Carter anthology already out.)It was originally published in 1963 as part of a giveaway and only a thousand copies were printed.
Some of the authors featured include the already mentioned Lansdale, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Peter David, Richard A. Lupoff, Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah A Hoyt, Max Allan Collins & Matthew Clemens, Todd McCaffrey, F. Paul Wilson, Mercedes lackey, Ralph Roberts, and Mike Resnick.
Loved every story here and more than one of them demanded a sequel. Fingers crossed.
Tarzan and the Martian Invaders features different Martians than we're familiar with from the John Carter books, but is a strong tale, and I
really liked The Two Billys, which features the Mucker. To the Nearest Planet was the longest of the stories and kept my attention all the way through, and Dead World is the tale of David Innes' exploration of middle earth's moon, which has launched a deadly flora invasion upon Innes' 'empire'.
Tarzan and the Land that Time Forgot is also one of my favorites (along with the Mucker tale) as it involves a zeppelin and the lost
island of Caspak.
At first I wasn't keen on Scorpion Men of Venus, because the ending seems antithetical to Burroughs' take on Carson of Venus, but if I consider it as a cliffhanger then I'm okay with it. It is well written and entertaining.
There's only one tale in the collection that really didn't work for me. Generally, my rule of thumb on a collection of stories is that I
need to enjoy at least half of them. Ten out of eleven is really beyond any reasonable expectations.
these stories are not in the same league
Something from each of Burroughs' worlds: the conflict zone between settler and Apache; Red Mars, Wet Venus, Inner Earth, Tarzan out of his jungle element, and other realms where feisty damsels and rugged men swashbuckle their way through grim situations in well-realized fictional (and down-to-earth) realms.