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Beyond the Farthest Star (Ace SF Classic, 05651) (original 1941; edition 1968)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Title:Beyond the Farthest Star (Ace SF Classic, 05651)
Authors:Edgar Rice Burroughs
Info:Ace Books (1968), Mass Market Paperback
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Beyond the Farthest Star by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1941)



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These aren't the most polished Burroughs stories, but they are an interesting product of the war years and come off as more political than much of his other work. The anti-war sentiments and the theme of fighting against a Stalinesque dictatorship are hard to miss. You should definitely read these if you are a Burroughs completest, or if you just like old science fiction novels with naked men on the cover.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2012/11/beyond-farthest-star-by-edgar-rice.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Nov 11, 2012 |
Life after death. Is this perhaps Valhalla?
Shot down and expecting to die, thinking he HAD died, he awoke on a strange world to find a new war going on one that he intended to end.

Burroughs crafts an intriguing tale of why wars are fought anyways. ( )
  dragonasbreath | Nov 2, 2011 |
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I had recently become quite disenchanted with Burroughs' Princess of Mars series as it seemed to have become by the third installment an endless cycle of fight, win, have loved one kidnapped, rescue them, discover more scary aliens, fight, etc. and I expected this book to be more of the same. Particularly when it began in much the same way: our hero is mysteriously transported via unexplained means to another planet which is remarkably similar to ours in that the environment is hospitable and the natives are pretty much homo sapiens. If one can suspend disbelief enough to buy that, well, there is very little that is still unbelievable. Fortunately, this book diverged from that other series almost immediately. While the culture our hero is thrown into is at war, it is not necessarily because they are a war-loving people. They are forced mostly into self defense by the other society of the planet who are if not all-out war-lovers, are at least in no mood to stop until every other nation is obliterated. As the book was written in 1941, it might not be too hard to guess who this is a thinly-veiled reference to. Our hero is not gifted with any supernatural powers (a la John Carter's ability to jump really, really high because of Mars' lower gravity and his over-developed Earth muscles), he's just an ordinary fighting man who might as well go to service in his new nation. They seem like they have a righteous enough cause. He is extraordinarily lucky, returning from several missions that were expected to kill him.
As mentioned in the forward, Burroughs did quite a bit of world-building, note writing, and outlining, probably intending to turn this into a new series. Unfortunately, only two parts were completed, the second of which was not published until 1964, posthumously. I would very much have liked to know what happens to our hero next, and the end of this volume, which contains both parts, definitely set up the sequel. ( )
1 vote EmScape | Sep 6, 2011 |
If you can jump the gap of disbelief presented up front that the protagonst dies on earth and to awake naked on a planet half a million light years away, complete with human natives that speak English!; if you can go with that, the rest of the story is easy and entertaining. ( )
  andyray | Jan 14, 2009 |
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We had attended a party at Diamond Head; and after dinner, comfortable on hikiee and easy-chairs on the lanai, we fell to talking about the legends and superstitions of the ancient Hawaiians.
I was shot down behind the German lines in September, 1939.
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His family believed him dead, blown out of the sky over strife-torn Europe in an heroic battle with Nazi warplanes.

Instead, he had been miraculously transported to a planet so far from our solar system that it was invisible to the most powerful of Earth's telescopes.

On Poloda he found a new life and a new name: Tangor, there one who had come from nothing.
He also found an old acquaintance - war. the Polodan conflict had raged for so long that it had become a way of life. Tangor chose to sand with the braved citizens of Unis against the marauding Kapars, and continued to fight for freedom 450,000 light-years from home on a world of adventure that lay beyond the farthest star.
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