Jandar of Callisto

Jandar of Callisto Jandar the AlienENSLAVEDLost in the jungles of Cambodia among the ruins of a vanished city Transported to the mysterious land of Thanator on Callisto moon of Jupiter Jandar the alien from Earth fi

  • Title: Jandar of Callisto
  • Author: Lin Carter
  • ISBN: 9780860078012
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jandar the AlienENSLAVEDLost in the jungles of Cambodia, among the ruins of a vanished city Transported to the mysterious land of Thanator on Callisto, moon of Jupiter Jandar, the alien from Earth, finds himself in a world of black and crimson jungles where the hand of every man is lifted in eternal enmity against every other.A savage, hostile world in which he is firstJandar the AlienENSLAVEDLost in the jungles of Cambodia, among the ruins of a vanished city Transported to the mysterious land of Thanator on Callisto, moon of Jupiter Jandar, the alien from Earth, finds himself in a world of black and crimson jungles where the hand of every man is lifted in eternal enmity against every other.A savage, hostile world in which he is first held prisoner by the fearsome insect men, only to be freed for a binding slavery in he deadly clutches of the Sky Pirates, and in the service of the Princess Darloona, the most beautiful woman in two worlds, who demands love almost beyond the limits of his mortal soul.Cover Illustration Bruce Pennington

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  • Lin Carter

    Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor and critic He usually wrote as Lin Carter known pseudonyms include H P Lowcraft for an H P Lovecraft parody and Grail Undwin.Carter had a marked tendency toward self promotion in his work, frequently citing his own writings in his nonfiction to illustrate points and almost always including at least one of his own pieces in the anthologies he edited The most extreme instance is his novel Lankar of Callisto, which features Carter himself as the protagonist.As an author, he was a member of the all male literary banqueting club the Trap Door Spiders, which served as the basis of Isaac Asimov s fictional group of mystery solvers the Black Widowers Carter himself was the model for the Mario Gonzalo character He was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America SAGA , a loose knit group of Heroic fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose work he anthologized in the Flashing Swords series Carter is most closely associated with fellow author L Sprague de Camp, who served as a mentor and collaborator and was a fellow member of both the Trap Door Spiders and SAGA.Carter served in Korea, after which he attended Columbia University He was a copywriter for some years before writing full time In later life Carter saw his popularity sag and his standard of life severely lowered when he developed oral cancer and had to endure extensive surgery to have it removed Only his status as a Korea veteran enabled him, under the faulty u.s medical service provisions, to receive the treatment which proved not resolutive and left him disfigured Carter increased his alcohol intake, becoming a borderline alcoholic and severely weakening his body already proved by cancer and therapy The disease subsequently surfaced again spreading to his throat, leading to his death in 1988.


  • Amazing! Just found this in my local hole-in-the-wall used bookstore. It's totally awesome. The first of a series but the store only had this and I think #4 (Mind Wizards of Callisto). Gotta hunt up the rest. I feel like I could read the whole series (six books I think) in about a weekend. Out of print these days I think. It's an ERB-type thing about a military guy in Vietnam who gets whisked away to Cllisto, one of Jupiter's moons, there to encounter six-legged tigers, evil bad guys, red-leafed [...]

  • This book was a fun and somewhat fresh take on Burroughs'A Princess of Mars. Pretty much the same formula, but new environment. Some of the elements are certainly contrived and a bit of a stretch to get the protagonist to fit into the John Carter mold. Certainly it would be rare that someone going to war in Vietnam would have had fencing practice as a kid, but just go with it. This is not high literature, it's a fun adventure.If you're looking for more Barsoom-esque tales, here you go.

  • More than simply "inspired by" the John Carter novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, this is still a fun example of the sword and planet sub-genre from one of fantasy's great "hacks"--and I use that word with great respect, believe it or not. Jandar of Callisto succeeds at being good old fashioned goofy FUN.

  • Lin Carter does it again. By “It” I mean he disappoints. I'll say right at the start that this is the best thing I've probably read from him, largely because he chose to try and “pay homage” to an adventure writer. Yes, this book is “dedicated with respect and affection to” Edgar Rice Burroughs. This book came out in 1972, which made it one of many series from around that time to pay similar homage. Lin Carter's hero, Jon Dark, joins the likes of Dray Prescot, Tarl Cabot, (to a le [...]

  • Jandar of Callisto is dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs. Author Lin Carter was obviously an ERB aficionado and, in writing this science (and I use the term loosely) fantasy pulp adventure series, he has assembled an incredible homage to the master of the genre. As with Burroughs’ own pastiche of himself (perhaps, not intended, but it comes off so) in the Carson of Venus series, we have a manuscript delivered to the author, purporting to be from the protagonist of the adventure. Naturally, the [...]

  • 2.5 Stars.This is a first book in a series written over forty years ago which is based upon the Burroughs Princess of Mars series.A Vietnam helicopter pilot crash lands in the jungle of Cambodia and discovers an ancient city where he is transported to one of moons of Jupiter. Well he gets captured by a intelligent insect type of creature, saves a princess and so on. There are the usual tropes here. Story has some promise so am pushing on to volume two to give it a chance.

  • This was the first novel by Lin Carter I'd ever read. I wanted to like it, but by the halfway point I was worn out by Carter's windy and overblown style. Although it strives to be colorful and imaginative, the ideas often seemed lazy and uninspiring, and the actual reading experience at times was like being hit over the head with a pocket thesaurus. It's clear that Carter enjoys writing - so much so that he seeks out ways of being overly wordy and forcing his readers to re-read the same cliches [...]

  • The initial wave of Barsoom's popularity, in the '20s and '30s, spawned imitators in the form of Ralph Milne Farley and Otis Adelbert Kline who were very close to Burroughs in their own environment and sensibility. This second wave in the latter half of the 20th century spawned its own tribute series the most notable being Michael Moorcock's Mars trilogy, Leigh Brackett's ‘Eric John Stark’ and Martian novels and stories, and Lin Carter's Callisto series. Set in orbit on Callisto, a moon of J [...]

  • If you like Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series then this is right up your alley. It is pretty much a fanboy kind of story which mirrors the Mars stories alot. Lots of adventure, a princess, and good friends made. Though I did find the princess to be quite annoying and I believe the story would of been better if he would of kicked her to the curb and said Bro's before Ho's! But I know that you got to have a lovely princess to save so, nope, it just didn't happen. Now on to book two!

  • If The Green Star Saga Is Carter doing ERB's Venus then Calisto is Carter doing ERB's Mars. Oddly enough were Burroughs falls flat, Carter soars, and in reverse were Burroughs Mars is wonderful Calisto is slightly less than. Although not completely without merit, Carter was doing much better elsewhere.

  • I'm beginning to suspect that at the time of the likes of this book the fantasy literature lacked good editors and was often too much like borderline or whole fan fiction, though it could had easily been more - since fantasy fiction back then was much more fantastic, more mobile&expressive, more experimental and more faster paced (in a positive way) than the dull hogwash we get today, it is really a bit sad thing that authors such as Lin Carter didn't cross the threshold to become Howards, B [...]

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