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Gulliver of Mars

Gulliver of Mars by Edwin L. Arnold

This escapist novel, first published in 1905 as Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, follows the exploits of American Navy Lieutenant Gulliver Jones, a bold, if slightly hapless, hero who is magically transported to Mars; where he almost outwits his enemies, almost gets the girl, and almost saves the day.

Somewhat of a literary and chronological bridge between H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jones’ adventures provide an evocative mix of satire and sword-and-planet adventure.

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Gulliver of Mars


Edwin L. Arnold

Original Title: Lieut. Gulliver Jones


Dare I say it? Dare I say that I, a plain, prosaic lieutenant in the republican service have done the incredible things here set out for the love of a woman for a chimera in female shape; for a pale, vapid ghost of woman loveliness? At times I tell myself I dare not: that you will laugh, and cast me aside as a fabricator; and then again I pick up my pen and collect the scattered pages, for I MUST write it the pallid splendour of that thing I loved, and won, and lost is ever before me, and will not be forgotten. The tumult of the struggle into which that vision led me still throbs in my mind, the soft, lisping voices of the planet I ransacked for its sake and the roar of the destruction which followed me back from the quest drowns all other sounds in my ears! I must and will write it relieves me; read and believe as you list.

At the moment this story commences I was thinking of grilled steak and tomatoes steak crisp and brown on both sides, and tomatoes red as a setting sun!

Much else though I have forgotten, THAT fact remains as clear as the last sight of a well remembered shore in the mind of some wave tossed traveller... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 17, 2018
Subject: Gulliver of Mars
This was the model for Edgar Burroughs' much more famous series of tales of Mars. It's quite a bit better. As Bernie wrote earlier, it is fantastic, but that doesn't harm it a bit. As the ancient Indians had it, there are 9 emotions and every tale should give one of them priority. Mysteries stimulate suspense. Farces stimulate mirth. Fantastic fiction of all sorts stimulates wonder. This isa much better measure than subject matter for the reader. Anyway, the book is a rolicking adventure with crisply drawn characters and situations. It prefigures so much in latter sci-fi - such as gender bending - that you will wonder if it really was written in the Edwardian Age!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2014
Subject: Gulliver of Mars
More of a fantasy story than science fiction, enjoyable though a little long winded in nature, well read.

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