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Volume 4510
How Carson and Duare Survived Venus
John "Bridge" Martin
An Exploration of the Fictional World and Characters of Venus
As Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Series from ERBzine 4510-4520
With Layout and additional Art, Links and Features by Bill Hillman

A Collection of Essays from ERBapa 106 ~ Summer 2010
A revised and expanded series of these articles 
were later serialized in ERB-List and ERBCOF-List
and is also collated with footnotes by Bruce Bozarth  at
John Martin's ERBmania! Edgardemain website
This ERBzine series has been further expanded by Bill Hillman with
reference articles and a mutitude of related art from the ERBzine archive.
Foreword ~ Welcome to Amtor
1. The Novice Swordsman of Venus
2. Carson and Duare: Tough Love
3. Land, Sea and Air / The Problem with People 
4. The Wizard of Amtor / Health Care on Amtor
5. The Flights of the Anotar
6. Weather a Friend or Foe / The Gods of Amtor
7. Amtor Observations
8. Untold Tales of Venus
9. ERB's Fun with Words / The Born Writer 
10. Cover Growls / Venus: Somewhat like Earth / Carson of Amtor (poem)
Alternate: Text Only of the Entire Series


In the summer of 2010, the ERBapa symposium was on ERB's Venus novels. I wrote several articles on them and they are included in this collection. Though these articles cover many aspects of the series, there are still many parts of Amtor that are yet unexplored territory, waiting for ERB fans to write articles about!
~John "Bridge" Martin

Welcome to Amtor

The Venus series began with the introduction of a mystic, who made author Edgar Rice Burroughs see things. It concluded with that same mystic, who made self-styled wizard Morgas see things.

It began with Carson Napier making a gift to his friend, Jimmy Welsh, of an airplane. It concluded with Carson making a gift to his friend, Ero Shan, of an anotar -- a Venusan airplane.

The first Venus novel featured a mysterious woman in Vepaja, who roamed in a forbidden garden. The last Venus story featured a mysterious woman, Vanaja, who roamed in a forbidden garden.

In between are myriad adventures, wild and wonderful, on the second planet from the sun, known to its residents as Amtor.

Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote most of the Venus series in just over 10 years. He began writing the first novel, Pirates of Venus, on Oct. 2, 1931, and he put the period to a last full short story, The Wizard of Venus, on Oct. 7, 1941.

The first four novel-length books overlapped the events leading up to and following World War II, with the first installment of Pirates appearing in Argosy Weekly on Oct. 1, 1932, and the last book, Escape on Venus, made up of four 1941-42 magazine novelettes, coming out on Oct. 15, 1946.

The last story, Wizard, was apparently to be the first novelette in a series of perhaps four which may have eventually been combined into a fifth Venus book. (A few words of a planned, but unfinished, sequel to Wizard do exist.)

The manuscript, which garnered a few magazine rejection slips, languished in Burroughs's office until 1964, when Canaveral Press published it in book form in Tales of Three Planets, along with two other non-Venus short stories. Wizard has some other non-Venusan literary companions, never having been published alone. There is the first hardback Canaveral volume which also features The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw, a tale of Earth, and Beyond the Farthest Star, a story set upon distant Poloda, or one might acquire the Ace paperback version of Wizard which is bound with another unrelated and Earth-bound Burroughs novelette: Pirate Blood.

The first Venus story, Pirates of Venus, has connections to more Burroughs venues than any of his other novels. The opening pages link to the world of Tarzan, the Pellucidar series, and the Mars series, as ERB reports having received news of the successful conclusion of Tarzan's expedition to Pellucidar (the inner world series) and tells of the safe return of Jason Gridley (connected to the Mars series) from the inner world. One might say that Pirates is connected to the Mars series in another way, since Mars was Carson Napier's original destination, which did not happen as he failed to take into consideration the gravitational influence of the moon. That mistake sent his ship off course and steered it toward Venus instead.

While it would be a stretch to say that the series is connected to ERB's Moon Maid trilogy, because of the influence of the lunar orb in this novel, it is worth mentioning that at least Earth's single satellite plays a role.

Pirates of Venus is linked to at least one other ERB world: The real-life environs of the office of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. ERB not only makes himself an important character in the story by receiving Carson as a guest in his office, but also includes an appearance by his real-life secretary, Ralph Rothmund.

Ralph Rothmund and Edgar Rice Burroughs
Ralph Rothmund and Edgar Rice Burroughs


Predictions and Images of Future Innovations and Inventions
Fantastic Inventions and Prophesies Gleaned from the Venus Novels of ERB
Guide to the Venus Novels of ERB in ERBzine
 Canaveral Press: ERB Editions
Maps of Amtor

Amtorian Art Gallery I
Amtorian Art Gallery II
St. John Images of Amtor
Map of Amtor (Venus) drawn by ERB
ERBzine Artist Encyclopedia
John Coleman Burroughs' Venus Gallery
Sue-On Hillman's Amazing Amtorian Gardens
Beyond the Farthest Stars

Puzzles of Amtor: Species Transfer Between Worlds
 Unravelling Amtor
Anthropology on Amtor
 Inside Amtor
 The Venus of Otis Adelbert Kline
 Venus of the Pulps
Radio Free Venus

Chronology For E. R. Burroughs' Venus Series
Before Venus: Carson Napier's Background

Barsoomologist and Amtorianist musings on population, religion and economy

In Defense of Carson Napier

ALL ABOUT AMTOR by John Martin
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