Lee Strong, an Author of Poloda
Unlike many other Burroughs fans, Lee Strong is
the first of his family to discover the Grandfather of American Science
Fiction. Sometime in the 1950s, he read the comic book adventures
of Adam Strange and fell in love with science fiction. Since Adam
Strange was modeled on John Carter, Lee began reading Burroughs style fiction
without realizing who inspired it.
About 1962, Lee discovered the real thing when
he picked up an Ace paperback edition of At the Earth’s Core off
a newsstand. The dinosaurs on the cover captured his heart and he
has been a Burroughs reader ever since. He rapidly branched out to
Mars, Venus, Caspak, Chicago, Lutha, Africa and the many other worlds of
ERB. In 1965, he picked up another Ace paperback, this time going
the Farthest Star to the planet of endless war, Poloda.
At the same time, Lee began trying to try to
write his own stories, originally pale imitations of Burroughs. Early
reviews, mostly from his family, were discouraging and Lee settled down
to pursuing an ordinary career.
But he continued to dream dreams. And to
Lee worked for the US Department of Defense for
30 years including writing government reports. He joked that his
boss was paying him to practice his hobby. It must have worked.
One report that Lee wrote changed international policy and resulted in
the US Senate officially declaring itself in favor of more efficient and
less expensive government services. While in Kuwait, he sang another
In 1986, Lee broke through into writing short
fiction for science fiction magazines and websites. One of his favorite
stories is “Error Box”, in which an experimental hyperdrive hurls a spaceship
sideways to Barsoom rather than Mars.
Lee retired from government service in 2008 and
immediately began working on an alternate history in which California never
joined the United States and Edgar Rice Burroughs got the Spanish War adventure
that he craved but never received in the history that we know. He
has been a Burroughs reader for many years but only discovered Burroughs
fandom in 2009 when the Panthans came calling and he signed up immediately.
Since then, Lee sent A Soldier of Poloda
to ERB, Inc. in 2012 and Untamed Pellucidar in 2015. In the
latter 83,000 word novel, the Soviets invade Pellucidar in 1924.
Young scientist Mikhail Kirov is enslaved by the not so primitive peoples
living near the North Pole Opening but escapes to become the greatest magician
in the Inner World. And to face incredible new challenges that even
magic can not solve!
Lee is currently working on many other novels
of Burroughs characters and settings including Billy Byrne, the Monster
Men, James K. Powell, Atlantis, the far future, and more new planets than
the entire Star Wars Galaxy possesses.
Lee’s motto is "More Adventure! More
Excitement!! More Burroughs!!!"