History Literature / JohnCarterOfMars

3rd Nov '17 6:55:21 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassPrincess: Tavia in ''A Fighting Man of Mars''. Cross swords with her at your own peril.
7th Oct '17 4:59:21 PM PaulA
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* LostTechnology: While the Martians seem to have a pretty good grip on most of their technology, there's only one atmosphere manufacturing plant on Mars. Everyone knows how to make more atmosphere and operate the plant at need, but nobody can build another plant - if it goes, Barsoom goes with it.[[note]]A science fiction story written as if it were a letter from John Carter to a friend on Earth after the Viking landing puzzles over the fact that the pictures being transmitted from the lander look ''nothing'' like Barsoom is described in the books, and finally concludes that Carter must be traveling through ''time'' as well as space when he goes back and forth between Barsoom and Earth. Even so, what happened? Well, one of the features Carter doesn't recognize is Olympus Mons, a huge volcano which sits nearly on the equator ... in other words, just about where the atmosphere plant is. Something evidently went wrong (the surmise is that a dinosaur-killer asteroid landed on it).[[/note]]

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* LostTechnology: While the Martians seem to have a pretty good grip on most of their technology, there's only one atmosphere manufacturing plant on Mars. Everyone knows how to make more atmosphere and operate the plant at need, but nobody can build another plant - if it goes, Barsoom goes with it.[[note]]A science fiction story written as if it were a letter from John Carter to a friend on Earth after the Viking landing puzzles over the fact that the pictures being transmitted from the lander look ''nothing'' like Barsoom is described in the books, and finally concludes that Carter must be traveling through ''time'' as well as space when he goes back and forth between Barsoom and Earth. Even so, what happened? Well, one of the features Carter doesn't recognize is Olympus Mons, a huge volcano which sits nearly on the equator ... in other words, just about where the atmosphere plant is. Something evidently went wrong (the surmise is that a dinosaur-killer asteroid landed on it).[[/note]]
7th Oct '17 4:54:08 PM PaulA
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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Aside from thoats (horse analogs), is there any animal on Mars that ''doesn't'' eat people? And even the thoats are [[UnstoppableRage rampaging]] [[BerserkButton berserkers]] if you get them mad.
** Thoats, being herbivores, may not ''eat'' people, but that really just means they don't actually ''swallow'' and they're perfectly capable of biting off a chunk and chewing on it for a while if they feel like it.
7th Oct '17 4:52:23 PM PaulA
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* CurbStompBattle: Towards the end of ''A Princess of Mars,'' Tars Tarkas challenges the Green Martian chieftain [[DirtyCoward Tal Hajus]] to a duel to the death for the throne. It's over within one sentence.
** If any personal duel Carter is in is ''not'' this it's generally because Carter is deliberately sandbagging to waste time or because he doesn't want to kill his opponent (e.g., he can't kill Sab Than because Dejah Thoris has been semi-forcibly engaged to him, and a Martian custom says that a woman can't marry the man who kills her fiance). In the entire series there are only a couple of times when Carter acknowledges that he's facing someone ''nearly'' as good as he is.

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* CurbStompBattle: CurbStompBattle:
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Towards the end of ''A Princess of Mars,'' Mars'', Tars Tarkas challenges the Green Martian chieftain [[DirtyCoward Tal Hajus]] to a duel to the death for the throne. It's over within one sentence.
** If any personal duel Carter is in is ''not'' this it's generally because Carter is deliberately sandbagging to waste time or because he doesn't want to kill his opponent (e.g., he can't kill Sab Than because Dejah Thoris has been semi-forcibly engaged to him, and a Martian custom says that a woman can't marry the man who kills her fiance).fiancé). In the entire series there are only a couple of times when Carter acknowledges that he's facing someone ''nearly'' as good as he is.



* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: In ''A Princess of Mars'', John Carter observes that Green Martians consider hitting a helpless prisoner the height of jests.
** Which also works in his favor, because when he retaliates and ''kills'' one of the Green Martians, that makes him the life of the party as far as the other Tharks are concerned.

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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: In ''A Princess of Mars'', John Carter observes that Green Martians consider hitting a helpless prisoner the height of jests.
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jests. Which also works in his favor, because when he retaliates and ''kills'' one of the Green Martians, that makes him the life of the party as far as the other Tharks are concerned.
6th Oct '17 11:12:10 PM bfunc
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* ParentalAbandonment: Standard practice for the Green Martians. The women do not know whether their eggs were selected for hatching, and couldn't identify the fathers. John Carter attributes much of their harshness to this; one Green Martian who was raised by her mother, and knowing her father[[note]''she'' knows who ''he'' is, but ''he'' believes that his daughter was killed[[/note]], is far more generous and gentle than her fellows.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Standard practice for the Green Martians. The women do not know whether their eggs were selected for hatching, and couldn't identify the fathers. John Carter attributes much of their harshness to this; one Green Martian who was raised by her mother, and knowing her father[[note]''she'' father[[note]]''she'' knows who ''he'' is, but ''he'' believes that his daughter was killed[[/note]], is far more generous and gentle than her fellows.
6th Oct '17 11:11:03 PM bfunc
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* ParentalAbandonment: Standard practice for the Green Martians. The women do not know whether their eggs were selected for hatching, and couldn't identify the fathers. John Carter attributes much of their harshness to this; one Green Martian who was raised by her mother, and knowing her father, is far more generous and gentle than her fellows.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Standard practice for the Green Martians. The women do not know whether their eggs were selected for hatching, and couldn't identify the fathers. John Carter attributes much of their harshness to this; one Green Martian who was raised by her mother, and knowing her father, father[[note]''she'' knows who ''he'' is, but ''he'' believes that his daughter was killed[[/note]], is far more generous and gentle than her fellows.
6th Oct '17 10:47:46 PM bfunc
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* LostTechnology: While the Martians seem to have a pretty good grip on most of their technology, there's only one atmosphere manufacturing plant on Mars. Everyone knows how to make more atmosphere and operate the plant at need, but nobody can build another plant - if it goes, Barsoom goes with it.

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* LostTechnology: While the Martians seem to have a pretty good grip on most of their technology, there's only one atmosphere manufacturing plant on Mars. Everyone knows how to make more atmosphere and operate the plant at need, but nobody can build another plant - if it goes, Barsoom goes with it.[[note]]A science fiction story written as if it were a letter from John Carter to a friend on Earth after the Viking landing puzzles over the fact that the pictures being transmitted from the lander look ''nothing'' like Barsoom is described in the books, and finally concludes that Carter must be traveling through ''time'' as well as space when he goes back and forth between Barsoom and Earth. Even so, what happened? Well, one of the features Carter doesn't recognize is Olympus Mons, a huge volcano which sits nearly on the equator ... in other words, just about where the atmosphere plant is. Something evidently went wrong (the surmise is that a dinosaur-killer asteroid landed on it).[[/note]]
6th Oct '17 10:23:49 PM bfunc
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** Thoats, being herbivores, may not ''eat'' people, but that really just means they don't actually ''swallow'' and they're perfectly capable of biting off a chunk and chewing on it for a while if they feel like it.


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** Which also works in his favor, because when he retaliates and ''kills'' one of the Green Martians, that makes him the life of the party as far as the other Tharks are concerned.
6th Oct '17 10:09:04 PM bfunc
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** If any personal duel Carter is in is ''not'' this it's generally because Carter is deliberately sandbagging to waste time or because he doesn't want to kill his opponent (e.g., he can't kill Sab Than because Dejah Thoris has been semi-forcibly engaged to him, and a Martian custom says that a woman can't marry the man who kills her fiance). In the entire series there are only a couple of times when Carter acknowledges that he's facing someone ''nearly'' as good as he is.
19th Sep '17 9:35:49 AM Luppercus
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* FictionalReligion: Burroughs gave the Red Martians their own religion based around the goddess Issus. The second book in the series, The Gods of Mars, prominently features this religion and the eventual discovery that it's all a fraud. Issus is just an old Black Martian, not a goddess. The book The Master Mind of Mars introduces another Martian religion centered around the god Tur. Unlike the Issus-based religion, which is global, this one appears to be limited to just the city of Phundahl. And like Issus, it's all a big scam. The statue of Tur in the temple is just an animatronic operated from within.
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