Barsoom and Beyond: Mars in the Pulps

2012 is the 100th anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom," and to celebrate it, Pulpfest takes a look back at Mars in the pulps. Here's the details from

Mars, the Red Planet. Edgar Rice Burroughs called it Barsoom and this year marks the 100th anniversary of his "Under the Moons of Mars," originally serialized in Munsey's The All-Story. But ERB was one of many authors to write about Mars for the pulps. On Friday, August 10th, PulpFest's Ed Hulse will take a look at several visions of Mars as he moderates a panel called "Barsoom & Beyond: Mars in the Pulps."

Joining Ed will be four expert panelists. Henry G. Franke, III, the editor of The Burroughs Bulletin and treasurer of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, will discuss the Martian novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including such classics as The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars. Stephen Haffner, publisher of Haffner Press, will be on board for a look at Leigh Brackett's Mars stories-"Martian Quest," "Sea-Kings of Mars," "Queen of the Martian Catacombs," and other planetary romances. Pulp scholar Will Murray, author of "The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage," will examine The Swordsman of Mars and The Outlaws of Mars, two novels written by Otis Adelbert Kline and originally serialized by Argosy in the early thirties. Finally,Garyn G. Roberts, editor of The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, is a scholar of the works of the lateRay Bradbury, whose Martian Chronicles began with "The Million Year Picnic" in the Summer 1946 issue of Planet Stories.Garyn was also Ray Bradbury's friend for thirty years.

In addition to helping to organize PulpFest, panel moderator Ed Hulse is the editor of Blood ';n' Thunder, a journal for aficionados of adventure, mystery, and melodrama from the early 20th century, and the publisher of Murania Press books.

The cover art above is by Earle K. Bergey for the Fall 1944 issue of Startling Stories. The scan is from io9 Cover Art.

Source: Mike Chomko, Pulpfest

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