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Volume 0249

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ERB: FUTURE VISIONS
BARSOOM III

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Prophet
Part III
Predictions and Images
of Future Innovations and Inventions

The Fantastic Inventions and Prophesies
Gleaned from the
Barsoomian Novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Compiled by Bill Hillman

"Canals": What appears as canals through our Jasoomian telescopes are actually fertile, irrigated strips of farmland.  Water is collected in immense underground reservoirs at the poles from the melting ice caps.This water is pumped through long conduits to the various populated centers where it is distributed to farms and cities. Along either side of these conduits, and extending their entire length, lie the cultivated districts. They are divided into tracts of about equal size, each under the supervision of one or more government officers. Instead of flooding the surface of the fields, and thus wasting immense quantities by evaporation, the water is carried underground through a vast network of small pipes directly to the roots of the vegetation.

Underground transport links the Twin Cities of Helium which are 75 miles apart

Pneumatic tube transport systems are part of the rapid transit system between the Twin Cities. Passengers are propelled through the 75-mile tubes in eight-foot-long bullet-shaped cars.

Pits & passageways under cities

Ramps instead of stairs are used in all over Barsoom.

Home Security is achieved by using hydraulics to lift houses up at night for safety.

Door Locking Mechanisms are controlled by a series of light rays of varying intensity for specific lengths of time.

Surveillance cameras are used in Zodanga's Royal Palace

Directional lighting:  In Barsoomian street lighting, the light leaves the lamp, goes around in a circle, illuminates everything in its path and then returns to the lamp. SM

Torches of Horz are cylindrical portable lighting devices with a central core which glows when exposed to air. The secret technique of producing this central core has been lost for centuries.

Forandus is the hardest and lightest metal on Barsoom. It is commonly used in the making of wall panels.

Radium Light Bulbs are the principal means of artificial lighting on Mars. They are hemispherical glass bowls, filled with radium powder, which gives a clear but glareless light almost indefinitely. The bulb is never extinguished, but is fitted with an opaque cover when not in use.

Holographic Telescopes

Telescopic Cameras are capable of taking pictures of Earth objects as small as a blade of grass. PM11

Glass-Domes are used to cover whole cities in northern polar regions. Here, solar energy is trapped and stored in huge reservoirs.

Solar Energy used in northern cities for heating and a source of energy.

Concentrated energy food tablets

Food Automats prepare and serve food entirely by a mechanical apparatus. The diner selects the food to be served by pressing tiny buttons.

Healing powders and ointments of remarkable powers can heal wounds of any severity.

ID Rings WM

ID Machines are used in northern nation of Okar to measure, weigh and photograph people. Copies of this information  are reproduced instantly in offices all over the region.

Dance of Barsoom One-Stringed Instrument is an exotic instrument made of skeel (a Barsoomian hardwood) and shaped to fit the left forearm of the dancers. Characters are inscribed upon it denoting the pitch and length of its tone. There is also a ring wound with gut which is worn between the first and second joints of the index finger of the right hand and which, when passed over the string, elicits the single tone required of the dancer.

Invisibility Tablets are used by the invisible warriors of Invak and Onvak in the Forest of Lost Men. It renders them invisible except under special artificial lighting in their cities. A tablet takes effect after an hour and lasts for one day.

Radio Technology: There is a great variety of radio-related equipment from large to miniature with various modes of transmission & reception,  secret frequencies, transmission codes, headsets, etc.

Nerve Index Machines control the bodies of people. This machine was invented by scientist Myr-lo for the Jeddak of Kamtol who holds all his subjects and slaves in absolute control. The machine is keyed to their nervous systems via shortwaves and enables him to kill all escapees or rebellious subjects with the simple pushing of a button.

Photostatic copiers which reproduce images in an instant are used in the Temple of Knowledge.

Computer Fax and Teletype Machines record and transmit data.

Gridley Wave is a type of radio wave discovered by Jason Gridley of Tarzana, California, and is also used by Barsoomian scientists. Ulysses Paxton transmitted the story of Tan Hadron of Hastor to Burroughs via this medium.

Sophisticated Chronometers

Longitudinal Positions (Central Meridian) are reckoned from the ancient city of Exum.



Through Ras Thavas of Toonol, the Mastermind of Mars, ERB presented a long string of innovations long before they appeared on Earth:

Transplanting of Organs through sophisticated surgical techniques
Brain Transfer
Restoring of Severed Limbs
Iron Lungs
Artificial Hearts
Multi-Focal Lenses in eye glasses
Sophisticated Hearing Aids
Intricate Brain Surgery
Instruments to study thought waves of inhabitants of distant planets
Freezing and Reviving of Bodies, i.e. suspended animation,
Homads - synthetic men
Malagors - a recreation of extinct huge flying birds on which the Homads rode
Television


 


IMAGES OF BARSOOM III
The Mars Art of J. Allen St. John

John Carter and the Giant of Mars
Llana of Gathol
The City of Mummies
Yellow Men of Mars
The Invisible Men of Mars
Skeleton Men of Jupiter

JOHN CARTER AND THE GIANT OF MARS

Amazing - January 1941 - John Carter and the Giant of Mars
At Pew Mogel's command, the great white ape grasped the lovely Dejah Thoris to him.
Two people sat in a saddle on the thoat's broad back.



LLANA OF GATHOL
Amazing: March 1941 - The City of Mummies (Llana of Gathol) J. Allen St. John

Pan Dan Chee unbuckled his sword to lay it at her feet.This was no swordsman I faced, but a monstrosity out of Barsoom's Hell!I rose stealthily from my couch.


LLANA OF GATHOL
Amazing: August 1941 - Yellow Men of Mars - (Llana of Gathol) - J. Allen St. JohnAmazing: August 1941 - Yellow Men of Mars - (Llana of Gathol) - J. Allen St. John - Back Cover



LLANA OF GATHOL
Amazing: June 1941 - Black Pirates of Barsoom (Llana of Gathol) - J. Allen St. JohnAmazing: June 1941 - Black Pirates of Barsoom (Llana of Gathol) - J. Allen St. John - Back CoverAmazing: October 1941 - Invisible Men of Mars (Llana of Gathol) - J. Allen St. John
Invisible Men of Mars
Turning, the warrior leaped over the rail to his death.Mars' light gravity made my leap to the rooftop an easy matter.



SKELETON MEN OF JUPITER

Amazing: February 1943 - Skeleton Men of Jupitor - J. Allen St. John
Skeleton Men of Jupiter
To my astonishment, the branch coiled about my waist and swung me into the air.


Don't forget to check out some of 
our other Barsoom-related sites:
www.johncarterofmars.ca
ERBzine 0247: ERB Future Visions - St. John Barsoomian Gallery I
ERBzine 0248: ERB Future Visions - St. John Barsoomian Gallery II
ERBzine 0249: ERB Future Visions - St. John Barsoomian Gallery III
ERB Motes & Quotes 68. J. ALLEN ST. JOHN BIO & ERB CHECKLIST
ERBzine 0281: Lord Greystoke's British Gallery
ERBzine 0282: Lord Greystoke's Asian Gallery from the Tom Lindgren collection
ERBzine 0246: ERB Future Visions - Burroughs Crater On Barsoom
ERBzine 0246m: Burroughs Crater On Barsoom - Huck's barsoom maps
Dejah's Amazing Amtorian Gardens ERBzine 0216
ERB Pulp Pictorial Master Page - ERBzine 0220
Sherlock Holmes on Barsoom - ERBzine 0215
Holmes Barsoomian Sketchbook - ERBzine 0215a
ERBzine 0297: Duane Adams Art Gallery
ERBzine 0278: Jeff Doten's Studio Workshop - Toys On Mars! 
ERBzine 0299:  ERB Visions of Future Compendium Contents (Moon Maid)
ERB Motes & Quotes 36. Otis Adelbert Kline I
ERB Motes & Quotes 54. OAK GALLERY
ERB Motes & Quotes 50. ERB KIDS
ERB Motes & Quotes 76. HUCK'S GAZETTEER OF BARSOOM
ERB Motes & Quotes 78  HUCK'S ORIGINAL BARSOOM GLOSSARY  SITES
ERB Motes & Quotes 83. MARTIAN GAME OF YANO
ERB Motes & Quotes 94 .JOHN CARTER COMICS CHECKLIST
ERB Motes & Quotes 95 .JOHN CARTER COVER ART MOSAIC
COLLECTIBLES EMPORIUM  &  COMICS SHOP
ERB ILLUSTRATED CHRONO-LOGS & BIBS
COMICS 17 - JOHN CARTER
17A - JC MARVEL 1-10
COMICS 18 - JOHN CARTER
COMICS 24 - Weird Worlds
ERBzine 0338: John Coleman Burroughs' John Carter of Mars Sunday Strip Synopsis
ERBzine 0339: John Coleman Burroughs' John Carter of Mars Sunday Strip Synopsis
ERBzine 0346: John Coleman Burroughs ~ Barsoom Gallery: Llana of Gathol
ERBzine 0351 JCB's JC and the Giant of Mars: Nkima Chat #23
ERBzine 0359 Frank X. Blisard's Memoirs of Mars ~ Fan Art Feature
ERBzine 0402 Virtual Tour & Scrapbook of the ERB Memorial Collection
ERBzine 0419  17. Louisville Tour: Tarak and a Princess of Stories
ERBzine0470 C.H.A.S.E.R. Barsoom & Mars (E-Texts ~ Covers ~ References)
ERBzine 0472 C.H.A.S.E.R.: 1st Edition Gallery: Barsoom
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Predictions 
of Future Innovations and Inventions 
Part I: Barsoom (Mars): ERBzine 0459
The illustrated version of this feature appears at:
ERBzine 0247: ERB Future Visions - St. John Barsoomian Gallery I
ERBzine 0248: ERB Future Visions - St. John Barsoomian Gallery II
ERBzine 0249: ERB Future Visions - St. John Barsoomian Gallery III
Part II: Amtor (Venus): ERBzine 1561

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