Aug 20, 2009

The New Sword and Planet

My excitement for Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars movie cannot be over emphasized. It looks like we'll be waiting until 2012 for this flick to hit your local screen. In the meantime James Cameron has done his own contemporary version of the Sword and Planet genre.


Burroughs' fans will recognize the story: an earth soldier falls in love with an alien princess. I expect this to have all the thrills and suspense Cameron is known for, and of course gorgeous visuals.

In addition, judging by many of the recent posts on OSR blogs, it seems the new era of the Sword and Planet genre are upon us!

Here is a little drawing I did of John Carter and Tars Tarkas fighting some Barsoomian lions.If any of you aspiring writers/designers are looking for an illustrator for a collaboration on a John Carter retroclone I might be persuaded...


  1. I've high hopes for the Barsoom movie, too.

    Still, I must admit a sword-and-planet retroclone with your drawings is somehow more immediately exciting to me!

  2. Seems to me that you should be working with Al here:

  3. Yes, drop me a line! Grim213 at aol.


  4. The trailer for Avatar looks awesome. Hey if you guys are collaborating on a Sword & Planet game and need any help (layout or design) I would be happy to help.

  5. Seems to me that you should be working with Al

    Ahh yes, there's a combination I'd like to see.

  6. thanks all!

    Since rereading Burroughs' Mars series I've been getting increasingly inspired.

  7. i wrote a Barsoom game
    copyrighted in 1990 as Red Planet

    have seriously been considering a do-over
    with a d20

    you can contact me at LOUISL2 at COX dot NET