After prospecting for gold in Arizona, Confederate Civil War hero John Carter stumbles upon a mysterious cave – a portal, it turns out, to the ecologically endangered planet Mars. Once there, he finds his place with a tribe of green Martians, and his newfound powers in the reduced Martian gravity make him an important figure in their war against a rival tribe. At the heart of this conflict lies the beautiful Dejah Thoris, the kidnapped Princess of Helium. Rescuing her soon becomes paramount, for only she can help Carter save the dying planet he now calls home.
Combining elements of western adventure and science fantasy, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s epic romance influenced such future visionaries as Ray Bradbury, Carl Sagan, and James Cameron.
Revised edition: Previously published as A Princess of Mars, this edition of A Princess of Mars (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.