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Dejah Thoris turns 100

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

…well, she’s probably supposed to be at least 200, I think – reds live a long time and she was no teenager when John Carter first met her in 1865.

But it’s a hundred years since the first publication of Under the Moons of Mars (serialized from February to June, 1912 in All-Story). And what a hundred years it’s been.

I could wax poetic here but I won’t. I’m looking forward to the Barsoomian retro-clone that’s supposed to come out this year more than the movie, and in celebration I think I may run a game – maybe even a G+ game – later in the year that bridges Barsoom, Carcosa, Mongo, Jorune, Sulawesi and more than likely the Pliocene, along with whatever Flailsnailers bring. So here‘s the first of the campaign maps (click to enlarge a lot):

Barsoom Lowellian map, from ERBZine

…and here’s a monster/city, for your quatrefoil-print men to explore using their Yuggotech Gossamer Gliders (indispensable, fully disposable, completely non-refundable!):

…and here’s a reminder of the alien landscapes all around us:

Because with all this embarrassment of riches of flying islands and helium engines and sinking cities and dessicated Martian salt-pans, I might just spend half the campaign exploring the amphibious possibilities of tidal sand bars and estuaries (great for your Southeast Asian pirate nemeses, natch – or maybe for all those awesome new Slaad that Scrap Princess has just invented!).

Update: thanks to Matt Kish I can add William Timlin’s The Ship That Sailed To Mars to this list. There’s something distinctively wonderful about Edwardian scifi, that I would dearly love to capture, without it turning twee. I have no idea how.

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  1. February 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    She’s well-preserved for a woman of her years.

  2. February 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Is that second illustration from William Timlin’s “The Ship That Sailed To Mars?”

    • R Grenville
      February 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

      it’s from James Whitcomb Riley’s 1913 story The Flying Islands of the Night. Alas the text on archive.org has none of the colour plates. Happily those are all available at Golden Age Comics – they’re by Franklin Booth, and they’re higher resolution than this one I ganked from someone else’s blog.

      I especially like the fall of Icarus number.

      Thanks for alerting me to Timlin! I love, love, love this wistful dragon-thing.

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