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Gods of Xuma (Xuma #1)

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If the universe is infinite, it follows that somewhere there may be real physical worlds that duplicate those of the imagination. And when Tom Carson caught sight of the third planet of 82 Eridani, he recognized at once its resemblance to that imaginary Mars called "Barsoom" of the ancient novelist Burroughs.
Published June 7th 1983 by DAW (first published February 21st 1978)
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May 06, 2015 Leothefox rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book collectors who don't read the books, and people who hate themselves
Shelves: painfully-bad
Here we have yet another case where a book claims to somehow belong to the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs immortal "Barsoom" series which drops all comparison pretty early in the game. That isn't the biggest problem with "Gods of Xuma", though. The real sin is in the fact that not only does it skirt most opportunities for adventure (read: entertainment value), it also gets outright preachy.

This is a tale of a far future where a super-polluted Earth has sent out military ships to far off syst
Jul 05, 2015 Greg rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, sci-fi
Interesting sci-fi novel from the late 1970s that professes to be an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series (going so far as to have a character name a newly discovered planet "Barsoom" and consider naming his child "Carthoris") that winds up being more about the possibilities of additional genders and gender transitions in an alien race (which is actually kind of prophetic given the increased visibility of transgender issues, etc.).

The "adventure" isn't particularly adventurous, as there a
Jan 17, 2013 Derek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sword-and-planet
Like in Brackett's Skaith series, Lake reformulates Barsoom / the sword-and-planet genre according to more 'scientific' reasoning. In addition, he creates a society based on an alternate biology with regard to sexuality and reproduction, and on a different attitude toward technology.

I came to this book after reading its sequel, and honestly feel that only Warlords of Xuma is necessary to the experience. The information that gets spoon-fed to the reader here was a sequence of intriguing and event
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DAVID LAKE was educated in both India and England, then taught English in various countries, including Vietnam and Thailand; since 1967 he has been at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He began creative writing as a poet about 1970.
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