The Gods of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is the immediate sequel to A Princess of Mars, relating the further adventures of John Carter after his death on Earth.


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When the World Shook

Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot

H. Rider Haggard

This work is pretty much contemporary in publication with The Moon Pool, and has some similarities, involving South Seas islands and lost races. It is, however, quite different in both tone and theme. The dedication to Lord Curzon is noteworthy (see below).


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Auf Zwei Planeten

Kurd Lasswitz

First half read 2019-02-03 ; about half of what remained, 2019-02-17, and finished 2019-03-03. (Video livestream recordings are available for two weeks.) This is a long one, for all that it represents an abridged edition. No unabridged version exists in English.


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Various Authors

In 1933—34, a “round robin” novel, with each successive chapter by a different author, was published in the fanzines Science Fiction Digest & Fantasy Magazine.  I first encountered the chapters by A. Merritt and Doc Smith in anthologies of their respective works.  It so happens that Doc’s chapter is a direct sequel to Merritt’s, which made it obvious to see what was going on, & led me to suspect the existence of more stories. Continue reading “Cosmos”

A Princess of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs
(as Norman or Normal Bean)

It’s hard to say anything about Burroughs’ classic yarn, the foundation of the “planetary adventure” genre, that hasn’t been said before, elsewhere, and better.  But think!  It was the first story he ever sold, and if he had never written any more, would probably still be remembered as a landmark.

This was the first book I read & recorded for this project, and the original recording is quite rough. When I decided to read the two immediate sequels, The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars (all three novels were bound together by the University of Nebraska Press in an attractive omnibus edition entitled Under the Moons of Mars, the title under which “Princess” was serialized in All-Story Magazine), I chose to read all three books in order, and make my re-recording of A Princess of Mars a Patreon exclusive.


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Hear Now the Words!

This is in the nature of an experiment, albeit a protracted one.

Having come up with the idea of “live–action audiobooks”, or live–streaming myself reading, I realized that the recordings I was making in the process could be edited & sent out later as audio transmissions.  aNONradio seemed like an ideal venue for this, in no small part because of its archive feature.

This is, then, a long–form spoken-word program, consisting mostly of my reading of classic science–fiction novels.  I hope you enjoy!

  • aNONradio timeslot :  15h UTC, Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Streaming on Toobnix LIVE! : often circa 22h UTC Sundays, with a call–in period during aNONradio OpenVoIP (but quite variable — listen for announcements)
  • PayPal : encourage the storyteller by leaving a tip
  • Patreon campaign :  tip the storyteller on a recurring monthly basis, and receive rewards — at the lowest tier, $1/month, you can download the individual story chapters (some free samples are available here)
  • Twitch streaming :  discontinued now that Toobnix LIVE! is working

Major works read so far :

  • A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs (shows 001—007)
  • The Moon Pool, Abraham Merritt (shows 008—018) + novelette version (shows 058 & 059 )
  • Cosmos, various authors, read as time permits rather than as a whole
  • The Skylark of Space, Edward Elmer “Doc” Smith (shows 021—028, and a teaser for a re–read version available to Patreon supporters in show 90)
  • Armageddon 2419 AD, Philip Francis Nowlan (shows 029—034)
  • Auf Zwei Planeten / Two Planets, Kurd Lasswitz (shows 044—057)
  • When the World Shook, Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot, H Rider Haggard (shows 061—072)
  • The Gods of Mars, ERB (shows 73—80)
  • The Warlord of Mars, ERB (shows 81—86)
  • By Air Express to Venus, or, Captives of a Strange People, Roy Rockwood (shows 73, 77, 79, 80, 84—86 as fillers, and 87—90 as the main program)
  • Pickwickians Abroad, “Deir Treblig Nhoj”
  • A Journey in Other Worlds, John Jacob Astor IV
  • A Columbus of Space, Garrett P Serviss
  • The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
  • Journey to Mars, Gustavus W Pope
  • Triplanetary, “Doc” Smith
  • Skylark Three,“Doc” Smith

Shorter works read so far (as fillers, et cetera) :

  • Citadel of Lost Ships, Leigh Brackett (shows 002, 004, 005, 007, 014, 015, 018)
  • Shambleau, C.L. Moore (shows 038, 039)
  • Lorelei of the Red Mists, Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury (shows 040, 041, 042)
  • The Blind Spot, Austin Hall and Homer Eon Flint ― this is actually a full novel, but I have read only the first 10 000 words so far (show 060)