Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Otis Adelbert Kline - Blue Tyson

Otis Adelbert Kline was a contemporary of Edgar Rice Burroughs and also Robert E. Howard's agent. He produced several novels, some serials and around 30 short stories. The best of these were even very similar to Burroughs in having adventurers from earth go sword slinging on Mars. He also had, like Burroughs, some Venus novels that were inferior, and I haven't read all of yet. Note that Paizo Planet Stories editor Erik Mona points out that their editions of Kline's Mars books are the restored original version, not the bastardised later paperbacks that you may find, or find on the net. So I'd definitely recommend getting those to avoid disappointment.

Some of Kline's short stories are of interest and you'll find some online, but his two Mars novels are of equal quality to the first couple of Burroughs Mars novels. A fine example of the possibility of being unoriginal and worth doing.

The Outlaws Of Mars

The Swordsman Of Mars

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