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A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars - character’s “ascension” to Mars...

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Daniel Pearson dap5063 English 191, Section 1 Science Fiction, Ms. Shackelford A Princess of Mars – Is it Science Fiction? Although Edgar Rice Burrough’s story A Princess of Mars most certainly deals with some subjects common to science fiction works, one must assume that subject dictates genre. The story generally fails to meet the basic requirements that satisfy a science fiction work. Science fiction’s defining aspect lies in that it explores new possibilities of technology and the resulting after-effects on a particular society. Burrough grounds his extraterrestrial tale on a fantastical recollection while avoiding discussing the science or logic that would make his journey even conceivably feasible. For example, his description of the main
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Unformatted text preview: character’s “ascension” to Mars lacks any reasoning or explanation behind this unbelievable feat. Just before this event, the protagonist left his body and the reader is left with a sort of metaphysical assumption as to the functionality behind this incident. The only considerable technological feat in the story is the weaponry, which quite frankly does not differ much from weaponry of the time other than performance of the weapons. Overall, the story appears to be more of a transposition of the “wild-west” theme to a new unexplored (at the time) terrain – a Martian terrain to be precise. As such, A Princess of Mars falls into the genre of fantasy much more suitably than science fiction....
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