Thursday, December 31, 2020

Warriors of Mars by Michael Moorcock

 Warriors of Mars aka City of the Beast
by Michael Moorcock (as Edward P. Bradbury)
1965 Compact

Michael Kane is an Olympic level fencer and physicist who creates an experimental matter transmittal device that teleports him to ancient Mars. He involves himself with the locals, defends a city from an invasion of blue-skinned giants, and rescues a captured princess.

Fun, unpretentious, and well written action, with a great siege scene.  This is my first Moorcock, and lacks the depth and trippyness of his later works.  Kane is supposed to be an aspect of Moorcock's Eternal Champion, and Kane is definitely an archetype, if by that you mean incredibly generic.

Paperback from AbeBooks

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