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Who thought it first?

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Editat: març 4, 2010, 3:53pm

I was recently tempted by Edwin L. Arnold's Lieut Gulliver Jones: His Vacation (1905) after it was promoted as the inspiration to Edgar Rice Burrougs' (1912) Barsoom series - much to my disappointment I have to say.

But it did get me thinking if anyone else had preceded Burroughs with a similar plot?

I then found the French author Gustave Le Rouge's series Le Prisonnier de la Planète Mars (1908) and its sequel, La Guerre des Vampires (1909) - which I have yet to read.

Then only today I discovered Arnould Galopin's 1906 novel 'Docteur Omega' which has now been adapted into English by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier as Doctor Omega.

This got me thinking; what is the earliest Martian adventure story?
Are there any other novels that could be said to be forerunners of A Princess of Mars?

Editat: març 4, 2010, 4:33pm

I think I've found what I was searching for: Journey to Mars the Wonderful World: Its Beauty and Splendor; Its Mighty Races and Kingdoms; Its Final Doom written by Gustavus Pope (1894)

Lt. Frederick Hamilton finds himself on the planet Mars after a shipwreck lands him on a remote island near to death. He awakens on board a Martian space craft and soon finds himself on the red planet.
This story has much in common with Burroughs and definitely seems to fit the 'Planetary Romance' genre - with Red, Yellow and even Blue Martian races, technology far in advance of Earth's and a feudal society which allows for duels and swordplay; there is even a romance with a yellow skinned princess.

To top it off Pope followed his Journey to Mars with Journey to Venus the Primeval World; Its Wondrous Creations and Gigantic Monsters (1895)

Not sure where to find a copy though? ;-)

març 4, 2010, 7:12pm

What is the interlibrary loan situation in England?

març 4, 2016, 2:57pm

First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells predates Burroughs' John Carter.