Monday, May 11, 2009

Listen to a reading of Gulliver of Mars, a classic novel by Edwin L. Arnold

Thanks to a recent post by the blog QuasarDragon,
I’ll have to make some time to listen to fan James Christopher read Gulliver of Mars (1905), a long-lost classic of Martian SF adventure written by Edwin L. Arnold that predates Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel
A Princess of Mars (1912), which starred character John Carter of Mars. The audio files of Christopher’s reading of Gulliver of Mars, which is more than 6 hours, can be downloaded for free from LibriVox.

Here’s a synopsis of Gulliver of Mars, taken from LibriVox’s website:

This escapist novel first published in 1905 as Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation follows the exploits of American Navy Lieutenant Gulliver Jones, a bold, if slightly hapless, hero who is magically transported to Mars; where he almost outwits his enemies, almost gets the girl, and almost saves the day. Somewhat of a literary and chronological bridge between H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jones’ adventures provide an evocative mix of satire and sword-and-planet adventure.

Interested in old libraries? Checkout “The Library in Edwin Lester Linden Arnold's Gulliver of Mars (1905)", a piece which I posted on this blog back in October 2008.

Pictured above: Cover of the 1964? Ace paperback, with artwork by Frank Frazetta.


Crotchety Old Fan said...

a text version of the novel is up on - which you can link to through the classic science fiction channel...

Paul said...

Thanks Steve.