Synthetic Men of Mars (Barsoom#9)
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The son of a Civil War veteran, Edgar Rice Burroughs was a prolific writer for the early pulp magazines. Famous the world over as the creator of Tarzan - and in SF circles for his Martian tales featuring John Carter - Burroughs turned his talents to a bewildering array of settings - the African jungle, Mars, Venus, the Wild West... and the Land…
Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Synthetic Men of Mars is a science fiction novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the ninth of his Barsoom series. It was first published in the magazine Argosy Weekly in six parts in early 1939. The first complete edition of the novel was published in 1940 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Despite a successful career stretching back more than two decades, Burroughs had trouble finding a publisher for the serialized version of the novel. Both Liberty and Blue Book turned him down; Argosy was his third choice. He received US$1200 for the magazine rights.
Like several previous novels in the Barsoom series, Synthetic Men introduces a completely new character as its protagonist: Vor Daj, a warrior from Helium and a member of John Carter's personal guard. Vor Daj narrates the action in the first person, so that when John Carter appears in the story, he is described in the third person (unlike other Barsoomian novels that feature Carter as the first-person narrator).
Synthetic Men also brings back a familiar character, Ras Thavas, a brilliant but evil scientist who functions as the villain in The Master Mind of Mars.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Books (Barsoom Series)
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom #1)
The Gods of Mars (Barsoom #2)
The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom #3)
Thuvia Maid of Mars (Barsoom #4)
The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom #5)
The Master Mind of Mars (Barsoom #6)
A Fighting Man of Mars (Barsoom #7)
Swords of Mars (Barsoom #8)
Synthetic Men of Mars (Barsoom #9)
Llana of Gathol (Barsoom #10)