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Synthetic Men of Mars is a science fiction novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the ninth of his Barsoom series. It was first published in the newspaper Argosy Weekly in six parts in early 1939. The first complete edition of the novel was published in 1940.

One notable aspect of the novel is that it explores potential dangers of cloning and genetic engineering years before these themes became commonplace in science fiction, although Burroughs' treatment is well within the tradition of scientist-created monsters going back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, including his own earlier novel The Monster Men.

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There in the original printings of Synthetic Men of Mars in the Argosy magazine (1939) the city Duhor is said to be northeast of Helium, in all the book printings it is said to be northwest.


The copyright for this story has expired in Australia, and thus now resides in the public domain there. The text is available via Project Gutenberg Australia.

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