Thursday, December 22, 2005

Christmas on Barsoom!

(click for podcast)

I've found a great site dedicated to a planned Barsoom movie:

And better yet, on that site I found a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Festivus present - an audio adaption of A Princess of Mars - I'm making an Audio CD of it with some artwork to give as gifts:

Here's a wonderful adaption of Burroughs "A Princess of Mars"

Though I don't think it is apparent listening to it, this audio book is abridged into "special english", a simplified version of the English language used by the United States broadcasting service Voice of America in daily broadcasts. It is read a bit slowly, using a limited vocabulary and simplified grammar. There is a short pause between adjacent words so that word boundaries are easily discerned. The intended audience of Special English are people who have studied English in school, but do not speak it in daily usage.

The "Bible in Basic English" is a similar restricted English product:

See the Christmas story in BBE

Click for Barsoomian vocabulary.

Music: Cagey House creates ethereal yet dangerous electronic music.
"Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists"

Artist Frank E. Schoonover created five pictures for the book, as well as its cover. One of the images, reproduced (with some color changes) , is called "Battle With White Apes." The original oil painting measures 86 centimeters by 60 centimeters. It hangs in the Free Library of Philadelphia.


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