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  •  Telepathy? What Telepathy? (1+ / 0-)
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    MT Spaces

    Burroughs tended to forget about John Carter's telepathic abilities in Princess of Mars too, except when it was convenient.

    There's definitely an untold story there somewhere about how the keeper of the atmosphere factory AND his back-up both happened to die at the same time.  (At least I presume the keeper died; the narrative only says that they lost contact with him).  Considering how the factory was sacrosanct, and how even feuding nations on Barsoom respected it, you'd think that actually murdering one of the factory's caretakers would be considered unthinkable.  (And the assistant's death wasn't accidental, he is decribed as having been assassinated).

    Assuming the deaths of the two keepers are connected, the person responsible would have to be actively seeking to wipe out all life on the planet.  (Perhaps a rogue Thern with his own private atmosphere plant; or perhaps just a deranged madman).

    In short, just the sort of villain we need someone like John Carter to thwart.  Too bad he's back on Earth.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 06:51:40 PM PST

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