The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs is frankly speculative. S.M. Stirling casually referenced it in his new book The Black Chamber — which promises to be a text guaranteed to make people’s teeth grind in a most ecumenical fashion — and apparently it’s supposed to be one of ERB’s underrated works. So, hey, I grabbed it, and I’ll read it after I finish the latest Eric Flint EARC. Why not?
You probably already knew about it. Thanks to skipping around Ain’t It Cool News, now I do to. The movie is going to be directed by Andrew Stanton – click on the name to see why the animation fanboy behind you is cooing, or just contemplate the mystical and wondrous Power Word: “Pixar” – but apparently it’s not going to be animated:
Discussing the move from fully 3-D animated movies to live-action, Stanton added: “I think that’s the only way. I mean, there are so many creatures and characters that half of it’s going to be CG whether you want it to be [or not], just to realise some of these images that are in the book. But it will feel real. The whole thing will feel very, very believable.” Continue reading Animated “John Carter of Mars” movie scheduled for 2012.
(Today’s writer: S.M. Stirling)
A lot of people love to hate this particular author – and, given his remarkable lack of suffer-fools-gladly, even by the standards of a genre where it’s practically a prerequisite for writing in it, it’s not entirely surprising – but it still remains true that Stirling’s a crackerjack writer. For this one, I’m just going to toss out a few authors & topics: if you’re already interested in any of them, check out the book associated with it.
- George MacDonald Fraser: The Peshawar Lancers
- The Southern Agrarians: Conquistador
- Patrick O’Brian: Island in the Sea of Time and sequels
- Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Sky People and In the Courts of the Crimson Kings
That should get you started: fair warning; all of those are alternate history. I’m fond of the genre, you understand.