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Literature / Amtor

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The first novel of the series.
Amtor, known on Earth as the planet Venus, is the setting of a Planetary Romance series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars. The hero of the series is Earth-man Carson Napier, who travels to Amtor in the first novel of the series, Pirates of Venus.

Burroughs completed four novels in the series, each of which was published as a magazine serial before being collected in book form. He began work on a fifth in the early 1940s but abandoned it in favor of working as a war correspondent when the USA entered World War II. The completed first section of the novel was published as a short story after his death.

  1. Pirates of Venus (magazine 1932, book 1934)
  2. Lost on Venus (magazine 1933, book 1935)
  3. Carson of Venus (magazine 1938, book 1939)
  4. Escape on Venus (magazine 1941, book 1946)
  5. "The Wizard of Venus" (1964)


This series contains examples of:

  • The Ageless: The people of Vepaja are ageless thanks to an anti-aging serum.
  • Canon Welding: The series is explicitly part of The 'Verse Burroughs had previously established by welding together the Pellucidar, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars series, all of which share the premise that Burroughs is acting as an intermediary for the accounts of the heroes. When Carson Napier visits to ask Burroughs to be his intermediary as well, Burroughs is receiving an update on the doings in Pellucidar from Jason Gridley.
  • Direct Line to the Author: At the beginning of the series, Burroughs claims to be basing the stories on accounts received telepathically from Carson Napier on Venus (who oddly enough, rarely uses his psychic powers for anything other than giving Burroughs infodumps).
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  • Door Roulette: The Room of Seven Doors in Lost on Venus. Only one of the room's doors led to safety; all the others were deathtraps. (Once the jailers brought you in and left, the lights went out and the floor spun for a while so you'd lose track of which was the safe door.) Food and drink were provided — most of it poisoned. Oh, and to discourage hesitation, after a while dangerous snakes started slithering in.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Duare of Vepaja.
  • Giant Spider: The targo which are native to Venus. The Venusians gather their webs, called tarel, which has thousands of uses.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Duare of Vepaja, the Venusian princess and Carson Napier's love interest.
  • Human Aliens: The people of Vepaja slightly resemble Middle-Easterns on Earth.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: The Vepajans consume an anti-aging serum that extends their lifespan and allows them to live indefinitely. Half their women are also infertile, and the other half is allowed to breed a limited number of children to avoid overpopulation.
  • Mighty Whitey: Carson Napier gets thrust into a "savage" environment and thrives.
  • Multicultural Alien Planet: Amtor is culturally diverse, with at least half a dozen different nations and cultures depicted.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The primary villains of Carson of Venus are the militaristic, dictatorial Zani Party, complete with an incompetent ally from a nearby city named Muso.
  • Pirate: Pirates of Venus.
  • Planetary Romance
  • Significant Anagram: The main villains in Carson of Venus are the Zani Party.
  • Society of Immortals: The Vepajans become immortal thanks to a life-extending drug that slows down aging indefinitely.
  • Stripperiffic: Any Amtorian (Venusian), male or female, will wear a belt and weapons harness (male), jewelry (female) and that's pretty much it. Even when they're going into battle.
  • Venus Is Wet: Amtor is an oceanic world with a tropical climate.

Alternative Title(s): Pirates Of Venus, Lost On Venus, Carson Of Venus, Escape On Venus


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