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Sword and Planet vs. Planetary Romance
If merged, Planetary romance should be the main article, and Sword and Planet the see reference. BPK 10:30, 24 December 2005 (UTC)
I think these are two different, largely non-overlapping genres, and the articles should be edited to reflect that. It seems to be that Planetary romance is the branch of space opera that is largely concerned with planetside adventures, rather than adventures in space; while 'sword and planet' is basically limited to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Burroughs imitations, and Burroughs pastiche.
I corrected the "Sword and planet" redirect, which anomalously directed to "Planetary romance" instead of "Sword and Planet"! RandomCritic 13:11, 29 January 2006 (UTC)RandomCritic
The article might mention Jack Vance, much of whose work--notably Big Planet and the Durdane, Tschai, and Alastor Cluster series--fits the tradition. Philip José Farmer's The Green Odyssey is another good example from the 1950s that differs from the Burroughs-Brackett subtypes. I might also point to a page on the OED's Science Fiction Citations site, [], which references the first in-print use of the term in an essay I wrote in 1978. (I was and remain surprised at this state of affairs.) RLetson 05:48, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
- From the synopsis in the WP article, the novel would not seem to fit the planetary romance model very well--it sounds as close to Wells's First Men in the Moon as to the near-contemporary examples cited here (Burroughs, Brackett, Moore). RLetson (talk) 06:03, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
List of examples
"It is difficult to find films that are recognized in critical references as being planetary romances, or that transparently satisfy the definition of being mainly planet-bound adventures."