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SNOWS OF OLYMPUS
|Page 18: "Perhaps even more widely read than The War
of the Worlds were the eleven novels, beginning with A Princess
of Mars (1912-1917), that Edgar Rice Burroughs set on a planet
which clearly owed much to Lowell's speculations. Yet Burroughs added one
brilliant touch which, as far as I know, was original: the 'atmosphere
machine' which alone made life possible on his exotic but worn-out Barsoom.
This was indeed a remarkable anticipation of terraforming."
Page 20: Clarke quotes JPL Director Bruce Murray: "Lowell's legacy is still plaguing us... optimism about Mars ... somehow has extended and endured beyond the realm of science to so grab hold of man's emotions and thoughts that it has actually distorted scientific opinion about it. So it isn't just the popular mind that has been misled, but the scientific mind as well... We want Mars to be like Earth.... We are so captive to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Lowell that the observations are going to have to beat us over the head and tell us the answer in spite of ourselves..."
Page 21: "It now appears that, by one of those ironies
not uncommon in science, the earlier Mariner results caused the pendulum
to swing too far to the other extreme -- away from the hopelessly romantic
view of Mars. For the few years from 1965 to 1972 Mars was a cosmic fossil
like the Moon -- no, not even a fossil, because it could never have known
life. The depressing image of a cratered, desiccated wilderness was about
as far removed from the Lowell-Burroughs fantasy as it was possible
Page 42: "In one sense, though, there are already people on Mars. As soon as good maps of the planet were available form the Mariner and Viking missions, the hundreds of newly revealed features had to be given names. . . . Three of the greatest science-fiction writers are already there: H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and their German counterpart Kurd Lasswitz, and so is Edgar Rice Burroughs."
John Coleman Burroughs
The introduction to our 20-webpage long
Tribute to John Coleman Burroughs
"A Princess of Mars"
movie poster painting
OKAR: A NEW CANADIAN ERB CHAPTER
Jeff Doten, Calgary artist
and Edgar Rice Burroughs fan, is putting together a Canadian ERB fan network:
The intent is to link fans across the nation, make new friends and to provide
Canucks a chance to get together and natter about ERB.
Check out Jeff's OKAR website at: www.cadvision.com/dotenj/OKAR.htm and enjoy all the features and original art. While there you'll want to wander through Jeff's Illustration Studio: www.cadvision.com/dotenj/studio.htm
APE LIFE BEFORE TARZAN
ERB TRAVELLER REPORT by Laurence Dunn
The October 5th edition of The Wharf (a local London newspaper) has the following report...
The sparkle of Disney magic returns to London Arena in this year's ice show spectacular - Disney On Ice Jungle Adventures. The show combines three of the most popular movies - classic 'Jungle Book' and modern smash hits 'The Lion King' and 'Tarzan' - to provide more than two hours of fantastic family entertainment. After more than a year of preparation, the all-new ice show is one of the best yet, with typical Disney humour, top class figure skating routines, and show stopping stunts. From the opening chant of 'The Lion King', character Rafiki introduces all the favourite characters from 'The Jungle Book', including the four vultures, now updated as a parody of the Backstreet Boys. Everyone has their own Disney favourites, but the Tarzan and Jane aerial acrobatics routine on a free hanging rope is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the evening. Skaters Stephane Morel (Tarzan) and Robin Johnstone (Jane) had to undergo six weeks of intensive circus training in preperation for the theatrical feat. Producer Kenneth Feld, said, "This is one of our best shows yet, and took a lot of preparation, but it has really paid off."
The show opens in London on October 19th. I'll be there!
October 19, 2000 Report
I found the two-hour ice spectacular a thoroughly enjoyable evening as they put together Jungle Book, Tarzan, and the Lion King. The first two dominated the time slot with Lion King only having perhaps 15 - 20 minutes given to telling the story. All three follow the films closely, albeit shorter versions. Tarzan begins when he is an adult and the only switch from the film is when Kala shows Tarzan his origins after Kerchak has been killed. The finale has all three groups on the ice at the same time giving the audience the opportunity to applaud the skaters. If this ever turns up in the U.S., take the time to go and see it - you won't be disappointed.
See ERBzine 0439 for Laurence's Greystoke Castle '88 Report
In two weeks: The launch of the Official Laurence Dunn: ERB Traveller Website
I was eight years old and bored in the backseat of the chrysler, when I picked up my dad's purchase of "The Cave Girl." Ohio to Illinois, I was in heaven. It was the first paperback I'd read and when I asked how to pronounce b-r-e-a-s-t it was almost my last. Luckily, dad said," Let her read it," and Ralph and Nandara became good friends. I still have my comic collection of Tarzans.
October 3, 2000
|CAPTURED BY APES by Harry Prentice
286 pages ~ © 1892 A.L.Burt, Publishers
|In his book, EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: MASTER OF ADVENTURE, Richard
"In 1888 an author long since forgotten, Harry Prentice, produced a book called CAPTURED BY APES: or HOW PHILIP GARLAND BECAME KING OF APELAND. In it, Garland is shipwrecked... on an island... inhabited by simians."
Later Prentice produced CAPTURED BY ZULUS (two white boys in Africa). Edgar Rice Burroughs, born in 1875, would have been just the right age to have read these books at 13-15 years old. Could CAPTURED BY APES have influenced him to write TARZAN? And could the ZULU book have influenced the TARZAN TWINS?
Hebrew by Hakarnaf Publishers during the 1950s in Tel Aviv.
On each of the covers of the booklets there is a picture of a
Hollywood Tarzan: Weismiller, Barker, Scott and others.
We have just added 8 of these covers to our
PULP BIBLIOGRAPHY: BEYOND 50 Section
Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Exhaustive Scholar’s and Collector’s Descriptive Bibliography of
American Periodical, Hardcover, Paperback, and Reprint Editions
by Robert B. Zeuschner
The Burroughs Cyclopædia
Characters, Places, Fauna, Flora, Technologies, Languages, Ideas and
Terminologies Found in the Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs
by Clark A. Brady
And now... New from McFarland Publishers:
The Tarzan Novels of Edgar Rice
An Illustrated Reader’s Guide
pp. illustrations, appendices, index $45 illustrated case binding 2001
David A. Ullery
Writer and illustrator living in Highland, Utah
McFarland Promo Blurb:
Those who recognize that the original Tarzan is a literary creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs—and not an animated Disney hero who surfs through the jungle and not Johnny Weismuller in a cheaply made film—understand that the exploits of Tarzan are best explored through the magical medium of the printed word. Readers can experience a journey that lasts through 24 books and wanders not only into the jungle depths but farther down through the Earth's crust into the savage prehistoric land of Pellucidar. This book serves as a literary guide to all the Tarzan novels. Section One provides an overview of Tarzan the character, including a list of the many names and titles used by and given to Tarzan; Section Two covers the mythical language used in the novels, including a dictionary of the ape language; Section Three enumerates the lost cities, civilizations, tribes, peoples and religions discovered by Tarzan, detailing their religious rites and locations; Section Four describes the characters (human and otherwise) found in the novels; and Section Five gives summaries of all 24 books that comprise the Burroughs canon. The book also includes over thirty illustrations from the series' various printings.
Submitted by Frank Blisard
Official Frank Blisard Website
launched in this week's ERBzine 0457
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