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July 16th, 2008
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Which is your favorite
I'e been delving into my past, going back and re-reading some of my favorite books, mostly SF and Fantasy. One of the things that I really dearly love are what I call displaced earthman books. Probably the best known example is the John Carter Of Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. My favorite is the Carson Of Venus books by ERB. What I like best about him is that he isn't some perfect specimen of humanity. While brilliant, he's a screwup, and still is the hero.

So, is there anyone else out there who loves this sub-genre, and if so what are your favorites?

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From:barondave
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
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I just reread two Heinlein juvies, Tunnel in the Sky and Citizen of the Galaxy. Decades later, they still hold up. If anything's dated it's the idealism and nascent feminism. Much of Andre Norton fits in this category. On a slightly different twist, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court by Twain and Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

If you like imperfect Terrans, both Poul Anderson and Harlan Ellison wrote books entitled Earthman Go Home!.

Still, if you're going to force me into one choice (which you're not), I'll semi-randomly pick Options by Robert Sheckley. Or perhaps Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles or...

I'll also put in a plug for Farscape along these lines, though it's not a book.
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From:gamerchick
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Doomsday Book! One of my all-time favorites.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read many of these, but Martian Chronicles doesn't fit into this at all, not even close.

Farscape is an interesting choice though, I still haven't watched any of it, but from what I know it could certainly fit.
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From:gamerchick
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
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It's not a book, but I fucking love Farscape, which is a perfect TV example of this genre. If you haven't seen it, it's very much worth your while to hunt up the DVDs and do so.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:July 16th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
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BOY they're expensive (and mostly out of print, or at least the first season)

Edited at 2008-07-16 07:16 pm (UTC)
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From:gamerchick
Date:July 16th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if P2P is your thing, but I initially was able to use it to get all the episodes fairly easily. Then got the seasons as imports from Australia where they were ridiculously cheap thanks to the exchange rate at the time. Netflix probably has the show as well.
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From:jerusha
Date:July 17th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
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The first release is OOP; they've been supplanted by the "Starburst Series", which a) have more goodies/extras (although the overlap is incomplete, grr argh) and b) are cheaper.
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From:rsmit212
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I do love the John Carter series. :) Another I enjoy is The Foreigner Series by C. J. Cherryh. Human colonists set down on a world to aid in repairing their ship after an accident in space. Human translator gets embroiled into the political machinations of the native species who consider assassination as a normal, viable part of negotiation. Not quite the swashbuckling of the Carter novels, but enjoyable none the less.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
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I think I will put the first one of those on my list, just to see if I like it. I haven't like other books by Cherryh, but at this point I can't remember why, it's been too long.
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From:shsilver
Date:July 16th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I also prefer the Carson of Venus books to the Carter of Mars books.

And his whole adventure was the result of a screwup. Getting to Venus by mistake when he set out for Mars.
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From:billroper
Date:July 16th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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It's a comic book, not prose, but Adam Strange has always been one of my favorites in the displaced earthman genre. And I think his entire run in Mystery In Space is now available in Archive editions. :)

(I remember suggesting that DC publish these some years ago when I was talking to Bob Wayne at one con or another. He said he didn't think there was a market for them. Maybe there wasn't at that time...)
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From:ericcoleman
Date:July 16th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that would fit in perfectly ... there was another comic character who fit as well, but I can't think of the name ... it was pure displaced earthman stuff ...

Oh, and the Atom mini-series where he gets REAL small ...
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From:barondave
Date:July 16th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Many comic characters are "displaced aliens", from Kal-El to Howard The Duck ("trapped in a world he never made"). The genius of Stan Lee was that most of his characters were displaced humans even though they were still among us.

I also can't immediately think of another Terran comic character trapped on another planet. Would Voyager count? It was pretty dumb.
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From:jcw_da_dmg
Date:July 17th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
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My fave displaced Earthman has always been Arthur Dent.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:July 17th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
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Bamm mentioned HHGTTG earlier ... not exactly what I am thinking about, yet still a perfect example
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