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Barsoom is a series by Edgar Rice Burroughs about Barsoom, the fictional representation of Mars. The main protagonist of this series is John Carter, a human who can transport himself to Mars under mysterious circumstances.

The series consists of ten novels total, a short story collection, and a novella.


Burroughs began writing the Barsoom books in the second half of 1911, and produced one volume a year between 1911 and 1914. Seven more were produced between 1921 and 1941. The first Barsoom tale was serialised as Under the Moons of Mars in 1912, and published in book form as A Princess of Mars in 1917. The final Barsoom tale was a novella, Skeleton Men of Jupiter, published in Amazing Stories in February 1943.


Order Title Published as serial Published as novel Fictional narrator
1 A Princess of Mars February–July 1912, All-Story October 1917, McClurg John Carter
2 The Gods of Mars January–May 1913, All-Story September 1918, McClurg John Carter
3 The Warlord of Mars December 1913-March 1914, All-Story September 1919, McClurg John Carter
4 Thuvia, Maid of Mars April 1916, All-Story Weekly October 1920, McClurg third person
5 The Chessmen of Mars February–March 1922, Argosy All-Story Weekly November 1922, McClurg third person
6 The Master Mind of Mars July 15, 1927, Amazing Stories Annual March 1928, McClurg Ulysses Paxton
7 A Fighting Man of Mars April–September, 1930, Blue Book May 1931, Metropolitan Tan Hadron
8 Swords of Mars November 1934-April 1935, Blue Book February 1936, Burroughs John Carter
9 Synthetic Men of Mars January–February 1939, Argosy Weekly March 1940, Burroughs Vor Daj
10 Llana of Gathol March–October 1941, Amazing Stories March 1948, Burroughs John Carter
11 John Carter of Mars: John Carter and the Giant of Mars
(by John Coleman Burroughs)
January 1941, Amazing Stories July 1964, Canaveral third person
John Carter of Mars: Skeleton Men of Jupiter February 1943, Amazing Stories John Carter


John Carter of Mars (2009)[]

John Carter of Mars (2009) is the first known live-action adaptation of Barsoom: A Princess of Mars (1912). It is a direct-to-DVD film, and was released December 29, 2009. It stars Antonio Sabato Jr. as John Carter and Traci Lords as Dejah Thoris.

John Carter (2012)[]

John Carter (2012) is the high budget live-action adaptation film of the novel Barsoom: A Princess of Mars (1912). It was directed by Pixar animator, Andrew Stanton, and stars Taylor Kitsch as John Carter and Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris. It was released March 9, 2012 was considered the biggest box office bomb in history. Many point to the film's poor marketing as its failure, while others say that the film was doomed from the start because modern audiences would think of John Carter (2012) as unoriginal (since the source material had been appropriated many times in modern science-fiction).


Barsoom (series) has influenced many modern science-fiction media, such as James Cameron's Avatar, Frank Herbert's Dune (series), and John Norman's Gor (series).

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