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Well, for you science fiction readers out there, if you haven't read any of ERB's books, you are seriously missing out.
The intelligent and thought provocing writing style is as interesting today as it was well over half a century ago. His writings bring back the vocabulary and witticism that seems to have been lost somewhere, and the imagination is fueled by seeing science fiction from the point of view of a man living in the 1930s.
In the book, At the Earth's Core, the hero, David Innes, travels with a colleage to the center to the earth, where he discovers an entire new world, replete with races of humans, animals, and monsters who control the world. It gets interesting when he decides that he can use his outer-world knowledge to assist these humans in overcoming their reptilian captors, as well as, of course, win the love of a princess of the local tribe.
I love ERB, was going to read Jules Verne's -Journey to the Center of the Earth-but found it very dry and dull.
Really got into ERB. It has been many years since and have forgotten most of the characters, but this is a great reminder to re-visit an old friend.
Thank you very much,Dave,
I have never read his "Earth's Core" series. I sure I am missing out. My favorite was his "clean limbed fightin man" (John Smith was it?) and the martian princess series Dejah Thoris (sp?). Although I like Burroughs, my favorite author is Robert Heinlen. Anything at all, everthing is wonderful, "Glory Road", all the Lazarus Long stories, and of course "Stranger in a Strange Land".
Wanted to bump this - these wonderful writers deserve to be brought out of the closet every few years, and DG may be a way to introduce them to new readers. ERB - Pellucidar, John Carter of Mars...wonderful stuff!
Heinlein!!! The best! Have everything he ever wrote - including The Notebooks of Lazarus Long - a comic type book, but Stranger in a Strange Land is one of my all time favorite books...and we are talking thousands of books read and loved.
Herbert's Dune and Rand's Atlas Shrugged (though not exactly sci fi on this one) will make you re-think how you view society and things we take for granted.
If you ever get tired of the blood and gore of the new "sci-fi", give any of these authors a try and you will be transported...enjoy!