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Martian Chronicle

Of neither the real Mars nor that of Ray Bradbury... actually it's Edgar Rice Burroughs.  You know how it goes, you're in a conversation on the net and are referred to a long and interesting article on something or other, and a minor side-comment in the article reminds you of something... and it really isn't justifiable as a reply.  In this case, it had to do with ERB's Mars and how inhabitants could interbreed with earthlings and how silly that was.  And it reminded me of a long-held theory about John Carter which I never got around to making a fanfic out of.  I have the oddest feeling I've written this down before but I don't see it in my backlog so forgive me if you've seen this before.

The idea is, that a few hundred years or so before A Princess of Mars, a red Martian warrior was out exploring or lost or something the way they seem to get in these tales, and ran into the enclave of one of those mad scientists with which the planet seems rather rife.  This mad scientist had a powerful telescope he used to watch Earth among other places, also a sort of long distance teleporter focused on same and methods to adapt the passenger to the higher gravity at his destination, also to appear like one of the local races.  Since he wasn't about to go there himself, he sent the red Martian.  So he got sent to Earth, coming out the other end looking like the European humans the scientist had been watching at the time.  The idea was to look around for awhile, then come back, but somewhere along the line he lost all memory of the whole thing.  So it wasn't for many years that he accidentally activated the return mechanism .  Thus, we have the explanation for John Carter's long life (same as the red Martians), interfertility with Dejah Thoris, and so forth.  And apparently the return mechanism works both ways, and he can bounce back and forth from Earth to Mars pretty much ad lib.  Maybe he'll find that mad scientist some day and find out why...

I've no plans to use this so if anybody else wants to, feel free (and send me a copy).


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Apr. 19th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
As good an idea as any. :-) But really, if you're going to worry about inter fertility, etc, you might as well just laugh at the whole idea of A Princess Of Mars. And that would never do. I just enjoy it for what it is.
Apr. 19th, 2015 05:25 am (UTC)
Which is probably why I ultimately didn't bother with the fanfic. Just a reaction to someone else's comment, basically.
Apr. 19th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
That's an idea worthy of a Filk Hall of Fame inductee.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ::throws confetti, makes joyful noise::

I'm really happy for you, even if we've never met IRL. You go, girl.
Apr. 19th, 2015 05:23 am (UTC)
Grin - thanks muchly. Wonder if there's a song in it... :)
Apr. 19th, 2015 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh! I didn't know...Congratulations, Kay!
Apr. 19th, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)
Hey, they just made the announcements today. I've known for over a month, but was sworn to secrecy. Anyway, thanks!
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