Carson of Venus

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Carson of Venus
Carson of Venus Burroughs cover.jpg
dust-jacket of Carson of Venus
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs
Country United States
Language English
Series Amtor
Genre Science fantasy
Publisher Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Publication date
1939
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by Lost on Venus
Followed by Escape on Venus

Carson of Venus is the third book in the Venus series (Sometimes called the "Carson Napier of Venus series") by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs wrote the novel in July and August 1937. It was serialized in 1938 in six weekly installments from January 8 to February 12 in Argosy, the same publication where the previous two Venus novels appeared. It was published in book form a year later from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Burroughs originally submitted the novel to a number of the "slick" magazines: Liberty, The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Ladies' Home Journal. All rejected the story.[1]

The novel, which was written two years before the outbreak of World War II, satirizes Nazi Germany by including a fascist political faction called the "Zani." There is also a character named "Muso" as a reference to Benito Mussolini. Unlike the first two Venus novels, Carson of Venus focuses on spy intrigue and war instead of wilderness adventuring.[2] It also indicates a change of political orientation from that of the earlier books, where the villains were modeled on Russian Communists.

Carson of Venus has been nominated for a Retro Hugo Award Retro Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of 1938. The winner will be announced at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London, in August, 2014.

Copyright[edit]

The copyright for this story has expired in Australia, and thus now resides in the public domain there. The text is available via Project Gutenberg Australia.

Preceded by
Lost on Venus
Venus series
Carson of Venus
Succeeded by
Escape on Venus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hillman, Bill. "Edgar Rice Burroughs Timeline: 1930–1939." ERBzine.
  2. ^ Harvey, Ryan. "Edgar Rice Burroughs's Venus, Part 3: Carson of Venus". Black Gate

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