Terminal Café

Warrior of Mars

This series was written in the style of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books. I can't remember who actually made this observation, but note the original pseudonym used was Bradbury, which would place the books right near Burroughs on the book stand. Since these books are specific homages to a particular author and writing style, they suffer as a result, perhaps being Michael's least complex and least open-to-interpretation books.

City of the Beast / Warriors of Mars
Lord of the Spiders / The Blades of Mars
Masters of the Pit / Barbarians of Mars

Kane of Old Mars

City of the Beast

or

Warriors of Mars

(1965)

City of the Beast Warriors of Mars

"There came a peculiar, slithering sound from the pit and from it, just to one side of the dias, I saw a great, flat serpent's head rise up and begin to sway in rhythm to Horguhl's crooning. It was of a sickly yellowish colour, with long fangs curving out of its mouth from the upper jaw. There was a stale, unwholesome smell about it."

For Michael Kane, twentieth-century scientist, this is just one of the perils he is forced to face when he finds himself transported to eon-old Mars. All that stands between him and a savage, alien death is his wits and his skill with a sword.

City of the Beast. London: New English Library, 1965.

Lord of the Spiders

or

The Blades of Mars

(1965)

Lord of the Spiders

This is the second story in the towering Martian trilogy by the greatest living writer of heroic fantasy.

"I found myself in a tangle of soft, yielding flesh that seemed boneless.

"And the faces! They were vile parodies of human faces and resembled nothing quite so much as the ugly little vampire bats of Earth. Flat faces with huge nostrils let into the head, gashes of mouths full of sharp little fangs, half-blind eyes, dark and wicked - and insensate.

"As I fought their claws, their sharp teeth and their spears, they slithered about, gibbering and twittering."

Michael Kane, twentieth-century scientist, travels again through space and time to face the perils of eon-old Mars.

Lord of the Spiders. London: New English Library, 1975.
Blades of Mars

Journey to Anywhen!

Michael Kane had to return to Mars. The siren call of the ancient planet filled his blood with longing... both for a world that was not his own, and for the lovely Queen Shizala, the alien who claimed permanent possession of Kane's heart. But the way back lay through the matter transmitter, and the journey threatened to be more perilous than even Kane imagined! For the matter transmitter could not be controlled; when it tore him from Earth, the other end of his journey might be anyplace... or anywhen! And the Mars that he discovered this time was not the Mars of his Shizala! As perilous as his early adventures had been, this Mars was far more deadly and alien!

The Lord of the Spiders. New York: Lancer Books, 1965.

Masters of the Pit

or

Barbarians of Mars

(1965)

Barbarians of Mars Masters of the Pit

'I saw a man stagger from a house and come stumbling toward us. There was bloody foam on his lips and his face had a greenish patch coming up from his neck to his nose. One arm seemed paralysed and useless, the other waved about as if he was trying to keep his balance. He saw us, and an inarticulate cry came from his lips. His eyes were fever-bright and hatred shone from them...'

'They came from above, their vast wings flapping noisily in the still air. Their skins were pale, a strange, unhealthy blue that contrasted oddly with their red gaping mouths and their long, white tusks.'

Michael Kane, scientist and warrior extraordinary, travels for the last time through time and space to a disease-ravaged Mars.

Masters of the Pit. London: New English Library, 1978.
back