God Rock Radio #145 – Edgar Rice Burroughs Part 2 (Lord of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia continues his in depth analysis of the life, legend and literary legacy of the great Edgar Rice Burroughs. In part 2, Jack examines the author’s series of adventure novels that take place on the planet Venus, in which spaceman Carson Napier blasts into the heavens in a rocket torpedo of his own design and pierces the mist laden cloud covering of Venus encountering a semi-civilized world of vast oceans, dotted with great islands that are inhabited by both bestial races and more intellectually inclined ethereal , angelic beings. Jack also explores some of ERB’s lesser known and obscure works that have been forgotten or ignored by both fans and literary scholars including The Moon Maid, in which the first manned spaceship to reach the lunar surface discovers a hidden world of a very domineering and flying women who plan on conquering the Earth. As well as the little known and hard to find novel Beyond 30 / AKA -The Lost Continent , a sardonic view of the 22nd Century in which America is an isolated fortress of civilization while Europe and Asia are now vast jungles comparable to darkest Africa and are ruled by a beautiful but barbaric Queen of the forest.Last but not least , Jack goes in depth into the John Carter on Mars / Barsoom series of novels , in which ERB’s virtually invents the heroic fantasy sub genre with his romances of Martian exotica. Books whose influence would be as far reaching on Sci Fi /Fantasy literature as anything created by Jules Verne or H.G. Wells.
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