The Moon Maid

The Moon Maid

The Moon Maid

The Moon Maid

Synopsis

In the late twentieth century, Admiral Julian 3rd can get no rest, for he knows his future. He will be reborn as his grandson in the next century to journey through space and make an ominous discovery inside the moon; he will live again in the dark years of the twenty-second century as Julian 9th, who refuses to bow down to the victorious Moon Men; and as Julian 20th, the fierce Red Hawk, he will lead humanity's final battle against the alien invaders in the twenty-fifth century. The Moon Maid is Edgar Rice Burroughs's stunning epic of a world conquered by alien invaders from the moon and of the hero Julian, who champions the earth's struggle for freedom, peace, and dignity. The most complete version of The Moon Maid saga ever made available, this edition contains the story as published serially, along with numerous passages, sentences, and words excised from the magazine version or added later by the author. This edition also features an introduction by Terry Bisson, new illustrations by Thomas Floyd, the classic frontispiece by J. Allen St. John, essays by scholar Richard J. Golsan and writer Phillip R. Burger, a glossary by Scott Tracy Griffin, and a compendium of alterations to the text.

Excerpt

A SEVERY devotee of Edgar Rice Burroughs recognizes, the twenty-first century is the century of The Moon Maid, one of the most beloved science fiction epics of all time. Julian 5th, commanding officer of The Barsoom, life companion of the fair Nah-ee-lah, and co-originator of the Great Feud between the houses of Julian and Or-tis, was born in 2000. The Barsoom departed on its ill-fated voyage in 2025; twenty-five years later Lieutenant Commander Orthis invaded Earth at the head of a formidable force of Kalkars and Va-gas. By the time of Julian 9th’s birth at the close of the century, Earth was conquered and suffering under the rule of the Moon Men.

As we slip into an age anticipated by, dreamed of, and perhaps feared by the “Master of Adventure,” it is fitting that his masterpiece future history of this era be made available for all readers. You have in your hands the most complete version of The Moon Maid that has ever been published. It has long been known and lamented by Burroughs readers that the 1926 book edition of The Moon Maid is essentially an abridged version of the original tale that was published serially in Argosy All-Story Weekly in 1923 and 1925. As Alan Hanson has noted (Burroughs Bulletin 34, spring 1998), Edgar Rice Burroughs cut substantial portions of the tales “The Moon Men” and “The Red Hawk” (parts 2 and 3) when The Moon Maid saga was converted into a book.

This edition contains the text of the original serialization of The Moon Maid, and thus it encompasses and reflects the scope and depth of the original vision of its creator. But there’s more. Guided by Alan Hanson’s research and a careful comparison of the magazine and book editions of the epic, we have incorporated numerous passages, sentences, and words that were either excised by the magazine editors or were added later by Burroughs or an editor to the book edition. Spellings, capitalization, and . . .

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