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Volume 1967a


TARZAN ON MARS LIVES ON
One of the rarest of the Burroughs Collectibles


Cover art by Paul McCall

 
 

Chapter Titles

1. Destiny For Two
2. Evil From Antiquity
3. Tario The Lotharian
4. First Clue
5. In Flesh and Blood
6. The Architect of Doom
7. The Legend of Issus
8. Kar Komak's Quest
9. Tarnath
10. The Sacred Council
11. The Bride of Caesar
12. Escape
13. Of Love and Valor
14. The Miracle
15. The Quick and the Dead
16. The Question of the Ages
17. The Advent of Tarzan of the Apes
18. Goddess of the Sun
19. On the Eve of Battle
20. The Great Games
21. The Gates of Death
22. "And We Are Done, You and I!"
23. The Gathering Storm
24. The Tyrant of Tarnath
25. In the Caverns of Iss
26. The Zero Hour
27. Into the Abyss
28. The Loom of Hate
29. Surprise Wedding
30. To the Golden Throne
31. The Day of the Prophecy
(32. Jane)
Publisher's Notes Concerning Chapter XXXII
As described in this book's introduction, Tarzan on Mars was written in 1954 but never authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for publication. The original manuscript has been privately handed down and copied and recopied by collectors ever since. The volume you are presently reading is descended from one of those copies.

John Bloodstone completed only thirty-one chapters of Tarzan On Mars and never finished his novel. Along with the thirty-one finished chapters that he submitted to his original, intended publisher, Bloodstone provided a brief letter containing a suggested conclusion to the story. He evidently intended  to expand this idea into Chapter XXXII. The text of that letter appears below.

The editor of the present manuscript (whose identity is unknown to this publisher) has written and provided  an additional and concluding chapter for Tarzan On Mars. This new chapter attempts to provide a needed end to the story and yet to do so in a manner that is as close to Bloodstone's concept and style as was possible. This chapter, the missing chapter number thirty-two, is thus not the work of John Bloodstone but does try to maintain his spirit and style just as Bloodstone attempted to maintain the spirit and style of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The reader is asked to kindly disregard this last chapter if its source is considered to be unacceptable.



The following is the letter that was attached to the original manuscript and appears to be a note from John Bloodstone to his editor or his literary agent.
LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR
Dear Ray:
You can see that at this point I could branch in either one of two directions.

1. To wind up the yarn as quickly as possible, with Tarzan rescuing Jane and bringing Zithad and Sardon Dhur to justice; and by Carthoris coming up with a Martian space ship to take them home, after contact is once more made with Gridley.
2. Or I could expand the treachery of Zithad and Sardon Dhur into a long stretch of adventures for continued serialization, taking Tarzan to Venus, not to Earth.

Anyway, you'll probably want to know one thin: What about La's secret curse of the ages? I was saving that for a punch line, as on Barsoom her "curse" turns out to be a blessing, proving she is undeniably a Martian female. At the end of the story, Tarzan and Jane are shown her new pride and joy, in an incubator atop the Temple of the Sun beyond the Sea of Korus.

It is an egg.
Stu

READ THE NOVEL- Chapters 1-31

THE MISSING CHAPTER 32
The editor of the present manuscript (whose identity is unknown to us) has written and provided  an additional and concluding chapter for Tarzan On Mars. This new chapter attempts to provide a needed end to the story and yet to do so in a manner that is as close to Bloodstone's concept and style as was possible. This chapter, the missing chapter number thirty-two, is thus not the work of John Bloodstone but does try to maintain his spirit and style just as Bloodstone attempted to maintain the spirit and style of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The reader is asked to kindly disregard this last chapter if its source is considered to be unacceptable.





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