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THE MASTER MIND OF MARS
ERB working titles: A Weird Adventure on Mars and Vad Varo of Barsoom
ERBzine Guide to Barsoom
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PUBLISHING HISTORY (USA)
PULP
Amazing Stories Annual Vol. 1: July 15, 1927
    Frank R. Paul: cover and 10 b/w interiors
FIRST EDITION
A.C. McClurg: March 10, 1928 ~ 312 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 5,000 ~ Total: 54,000 ~ Heins word count: 51,000
    J. Allen St. John: DJ, title page drawing and five interiors
REPRINT EDITIONS
Grosset & Dunlap: 1929
ERB, Inc. Tarzana: 1948 ~ St. John DJ and title page only
Dover: Three Martian Novels: many printings starting in April 1962 ~ 499 pages
    J. Allen St. John: large paperback cover and 16 interiors
Ace paperback: February 1963 ~ "Mastermind of Mars" ~ 159 pages
    Roy G. Krenkel: cover and title page ~ J. Allen St. John: two interiors
Ballantine paperback: December 1963 and February 1969 ~ 160 pages
    Robert Abbett cover
House of Greystoke: 1971 Burroughs Bibliophiles #5 pulp reproduction ~ 55 pages
    Frank R. Paul: cover and 10 interiors ~ J. Allen St. John: 1st edition illustrations
Ballantine paperback: October 1973
    Gino D'Achille cover
Doubleday Science-Fiction Book Club: January 1974 with A Fighting Man of Mars ~ 348 pages
    Frank Frazetta: DJ and six interiors
House of Greystoke: 1977 ~ Burroughs Bulletin triple issue (#66/67/68) reprint of 1971 issue
Ballantine - Del Rey: May 1979
    Michael Whelan cover
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The Mastermind of Mars
Ulysses Paxton (late of the U.S. Army and long and admirer of John Carter) finds himself in the hands of that extraordinary scientist-surgeon Ras Thavas of Barsoorn. Renamed Vad Varo, the former U.S Army Captain is trained by Ras Thavas as an assistant in the "transfer of life" operations for which the master mind is famous. Vad Varo witnesses one such transfer-the wicked old mind Xaxa, Jeddara of Phuundahl, into the young and lovely body of a nameless victim, while the mind of victim number 4296-E-263-H is now housed in the body of an ancient crone.

When Vad Varo brings 4296-E-263-H to life he discovers she is Valla Dia and falls in love with the spirit and mind of the girl imprisoned in the 1000-year-old body that had been Xaxa's Incredible dangers and adventures follow as Vad Varo, determined to restore Val la Dia to her proper form, battles his way through weird countries and savage peoples until at last he meets with John Carter, Warlord of Mars, and brings Valla Dia safely to her home in Duhor.

Earthman Ulysses Paxton served Barsoom's greatest scientist, until his master's ghoulish trade in living bodies drove him to rebellion. Tben, to save the body of the woman he loved, he had to attack mighty Phundahl and its evil, beautiful ruler.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Ulysses Paxton
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Ras Thavas
Vad Varo (Paxton)
Xaxa, Jeddara (Phundahl)
Valla Dia
Kor San, Jeddak (Duhor)
Jal Had (Amor)
Dar Tarus
Gor Hajus
Hovan Du
Bal Zak
Mu Tel (Prince)(Toonol)
Vobis Kan, Jeddak (Toonol)
Sag Or
Kara Vasa
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Chronology Charts for Master Mind of Mars
From Chronology For the Princess of Mars Trilogy by Fredrik Ekman
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Scientific Days and Years

Earth Time   Barsoom Time   Event Note
Aug 20, 1918   27 ord, 596 padan   Paxton's advent upon Mars 22
Sep 11, 1918   27 ord, 617 padan   Given weapons by Ras Thavas  
Sep 12, 1918   27 ord, 618 padan   Valla Dia awakens  
May 19, 1919   28 ord, 191 padan   Ras Thavas receives a new body 23
May 22, 1919   28 ord, 194 padan   Valla Dia is again put to sleep 24
Jul 23, 1919   28 ord, 254 padan   Starts working late nights 25
Aug 14, 1919   28 ord, 275 padan   Operates on Dar Tarus and Gor Hajus 26
Aug 16, 1919   28 ord, 277 padan   Hides aboard the Vosar 27
Aug 16, 1919   28 ord, 278 padan   Arrives at Toonol  
Aug 17, 1919   28 ord, 279 padan   Leaves the palace of Mu Tel  
Aug 19, 1919   28 ord, 280 padan   Arrives at Phundahl  
Aug 19, 1919   28 ord, 281 padan   Enters the palace of Xaxa  
Aug 21, 1919   28 ord, 282 padan   Returns to the Island of Thavas  
Aug 22, 1919   28 ord, 283 padan   Escapes from the Island of Thavas  
Aug 24, 1919   28 ord, 285 padan   Xaxa dies  
Aug 24, 1919   28 ord, 286 padan   Ras Thavas comes to Phundahl  
Aug 26, 1919   28 ord, 288 padan   Meeting with John Carter  
Jun 8, 1925   31 ord, 339 padan   Writes a letter 28

Quoted Days and Years

Earth Time   Barsoom Time   Event Note
Aug 20, 1918   27 ord, 131 padan   Paxton's advent upon Mars 22
Sep 10, 1918   27 ord, 152 padan   Given weapons by Ras Thavas  
Sep 11, 1918   27 ord, 153 padan   Valla Dia awakens  
May 18, 1919   27 ord, 395 padan   Ras Thavas receives a new body 23
May 21, 1919   27 ord, 398 padan   Valla Dia is again put to sleep 24
Jul 22, 1919   27 ord, 458 padan   Starts working late nights 25
Aug 12, 1919   27 ord, 479 padan   Operates on Dar Tarus and Gor Hajus 26
Aug 14, 1919   27 ord, 481 padan   Hides aboard the Vosar 27
Aug 15, 1919   27 ord, 482 padan   Arrives at Toonol  
Aug 16, 1919   27 ord, 483 padan   Leaves the palace of Mu Tel  
Aug 17, 1919   27 ord, 484 padan   Arrives at Phundahl  
Aug 18, 1919   27 ord, 485 padan   Enters the palace of Xaxa  
Aug 20, 1919   27 ord, 486 padan   Returns to the Island of Thavas  
Aug 20, 1919   27 ord, 487 padan   Escapes from the Island of Thavas  
Aug 22, 1919   27 ord, 489 padan   Xaxa dies  
Aug 23, 1919   27 ord, 490 padan   Ras Thavas comes to Phundahl  
Aug 25, 1919   27 ord, 492 padan   Meeting with John Carter  
Jun 8, 1925   30 ord, 492 padan   Writes a letter 28
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J. ALLEN ST. JOHN GALLERY
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He now withdrew the liquid from the veins of the beautiful corpse.
Speak, Great Tur, ere I strike.An attendant appeared bearing the body of the beautiful girl.It was my first experience with a Martian watch dog.The transplanted portions of the brain are more active -- that is why the ape behaves in a more human manner.
FRANK R. PAUL GALLERY 
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