A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The North Reading Group met on June 21st to discuss A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Nine members attended and 8 had read it. The story was serialized in All-Story magazine, starting in 1912, as “Under the Moons of Mars,” by “Norman Bean.” The stories were collected and A Princess of Mars was published in 1917. One member commented that she ”could see how it was pretty hot stuff in the old days,” and “Beats the hell out of Little Women and all that stuff!” Another said that this was from the golden age of SF and he had “strong memories of reading the whole pile.” He owned first editions.
Other comments were generally complimentary, qualified by the time since it was written- that the protagonist, John Carter, was a fun adventurer; Burroughs was a