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Chapter XIII: Love-Making on Mars
- It's a hopeful sign, but I have to wonder if they will apply this elsewhere, or if it's just making them more dangerous.
- Have to wonder what the other tribes are like. There's that school of thought that you need a unified empire to breed civilization, presumably through bureaucracy.
- Science Marches On for the light sensitive high explosive radium bullets, although the narrator notes he just used radium as a guess for the Martian hieroglyph.
- John kinda Lampshades Expo Speak; yeah, it's neat to know how radium guns work, but I'm just happy to see you. No gun in my pocket. No pocket, either.
- Hah, Gunsmith Princess of Mars would be pretty funny.
- Again, reminds me of Dune.
Wow...way to disappoint, Burroughs. No bodice ripping at all. Of course, no bodices, but still... It's strange, I came into this expecting something like Conan the Barbarian, but the big trope I'm getting now is The Power of Friendship.
...and of course the idea for peace/love has to come from the Point-of-view hero American Earthling. :p But yeah, not a bad Aesop as it goes, if that's what it is. :p In fact, 'Protagonist finds a way to get along and even get to an honored place in an alien culture with no concept of friendship but plenty of allowed violence' sounds a lot like one of my favorite series, the Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh. Of course, in that series, the protagonist doesn't open their eyes to friendship (they biologically haven't the same concept), he has to adapt to it and tailor his approach to concepts the aliens can understand - he's really a diplomat. And he definitely doesn't have a physical advantage.
I never read that one. I keep meaning to read CJ Cherryh, but I keep getting bogged down. I was trying the Chanur series, though.
- That one was probably...teaching concepts we don't have though. Seems like a common theme.
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