The Gods of Mars

Edgar Rice BURROUGHS (1875 - 1950)

The Gods of Mars is a 1918 Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the second of his famous Barsoom series.It can be said that the novel set the tone for much science fiction to come. Its influence can clearly be seen in franchises such as Star Trek and Farscape. While Burroughs no doubt borrowed liberally from the pulp fiction of his day, particularly westerns and swashbuckling tales, the pacing and themes set the tone for the soft science fiction genre.

The protagonist, John Carter, with his proficiency in hand-to-hand combat and flirtations with beautiful alien women, could be said to have set the mold for later influential icons like Captain James T. Kirk and James Bond.

At the end of the first book, A Princess of Mars, John Carter is unwillingly transported back to Earth. The Gods of Mars begins with his arrival back on Barsoom (Mars) after a ten year hiatus, separated from his wife Dejah Thoris, his unborn child, and the Red Martian people of the nation of Helium, whom he has adopted as his own. Unfortunately, John Carter materializes in the one place on Barsoom from which nobody is allowed to depart: the Valley Dor, which is the Barsoomian heaven. (Summary from wikipedia)

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 – The Plant Men JD Weber
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Play 02 02 – A Forest Battle JD Weber
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Play 03 03 – The Chamber of Mystery JD Weber
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Play 04 04 – Thuvia JD Weber
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Play 05 05 – Corridors of Peril JD Weber
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Play 06 06 – The Black Pirates of Barsoom JD Weber
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Play 07 07 – A Fair Goddess JD Weber
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Play 08 08 – The Depths of Omean JD Weber
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Play 09 09 – Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal JD Weber
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Play 10 10 – The Prison Isle of Shador JD Weber
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Play 11 11 – When Hell Broke Loose JD Weber
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Play 12 12 – Doomed to Die JD Weber
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Play 13 13 – A Break for Liberty JD Weber
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Play 14 14 – The Eyes in the Dark JD Weber
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Play 15 15 – Flight and Pursuit JD Weber
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Play 16 16 – Under Arrest JD Weber
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Play 17 17 – The Death Sentence JD Weber
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Play 18 18 – Sola’s Story JD Weber
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Play 19 19 – Black Despair JD Weber
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Play 20 20 – The Air Battle JD Weber
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Play 21 21 – Through Flood and Flame JD Weber
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Play 22 21 – Through Flood and Flame JD Weber
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