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Otis Adelbert Kline

Otis Adelbert Kline (1891-1946) was born in Chicago. During his adulthood, he led a varied career from vanilla extract salesman, to songwriter, to editor, to popular adventure and science fiction author to literary agent. He was also an amateur orientalist and studied Arabic, an interest that strongly influenced his fictional novels and short stories. However, his fame is due to the literary “feud” he had with Edgar Rice Burroughs. Like Burroughs, he wrote science fiction romance he placed on Venus, Mars and the Moon and had adventures located in the most remote jungle of Earth. After the mid-thirties, Kline almost entirely abandoned writing to focus on his career as an international literary agent. Among others, he represented Robert E. Howard (Conan’s creator) between 1933 and 1936 and, after Howard’s death, he acted as the literary agent of the Howard’s Estate until his own death. He was also the American agent of H.G. Wells.


The Swordsman of Mars: Solid OAK

The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline

A few weeks back, I had some words to say about a book that was supposedly a major inspiration for Edgar Rice BurroughsJOHN CARTER OF MARS series, particularly the first two of the 11: A Princess of Mars (1912) and The Gods of Mars (1913). The book was Edwin L. Arnold’s Gulliver of Mars (1905), and anyone who’s read it must be forcibly struck by the similarities between the two authors’ conceptions of the distant Red Planet. Anyway, today I am... Read More

The Outlaws of Mars: Road to Xancibar

The Outlaws of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline

Those readers who had been charmed by Otis Adelbert Kline’s swashbuckling sci-fi adventure The Swordsman of Mars would not have long to wait before they were treated to that novel’s follow-up thrill ride. While that first interplanetary pastiche of author Edgar Rice Burroughs had appeared as a six-part serial in the January 7 to February 11, 1933 issues of the weekly Argosy magazine, the follow-up, The Outlaws of Mars, appeared as a seven-parter, in that same pulp’s 11/25/33 to 1/6/34 issues. As had been the case with the first novel, The Outlaws of Mars copped the cove... Read More