The Moon Maid
|The Moon Maid|
Dust jacket from the first edition of The Moon Maid.
|Author||Edgar Rice Burroughs|
|Cover artist||J. Allen St. John|
|Genre||Fantasy novel, Lost world|
|Publisher||A. C. McClurg|
|6 February 1926|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The Moon Maid is an Edgar Rice Burroughs Lost World novel. It was written in three parts, Part 1 was begun in June 1922 under the title The Moon Maid, Part 2 was begun in 1919 under the title Under the Red Flag, later retitled The Moon Men, Part 3 was titled the The Red Hawk. As evident from its name, Under the Red Flag was originally set in contemporary Soviet Russia, with the Bolsheviks as villains; as this was not popular with the publishers, Burroughs transferred it to a science-fictional setting, with the evil Communist-like "Kalkars" taking over the Moon (in the first part) and then the Earth (in the second part, with the help of a renegade Earthman) and being finally overthrown in the third part.
The book version was first published by A. C. McClurg on 1926-02-06, under the title The Moon Maid, though it was shortened from the serial. The three Parts have been published in varying combinations and under varying titles since 1926.
Literary significance and reception
The book is well regarded, and described by one critic, Richard A. Lupoff, as the best of Edgar Rice Burrough's non-series "scientific romances". He describes the book as conveying a remarkable sense of wonder. He goes on to say that the extrapolation of society, including the feudal and nomadic societies of the conquered earth, display new facets of Burrough's skill as a writer. P. Schuyler Miller wrote that "Most readers agree that 'The Moon Maid' was Burroughs's best book and best science fiction."
- Richard A. Lupoff (1965). Master of Adventure: The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Canaveral Press.
- "The Reference Library," Analog, April 1970, p. 170.
- Free Ebook from Project Gutenberg Australia
- Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project Page for The Moon Maid
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