On a dying world where the ruins of ancient civilisations moulder, where Earthmen seek out sinister mysteries guarded jealously by nomad tribes, where both sword and blaster are wielded by inhabitants of stone-walled cities on the banks of canals as old as time. . . . The sword and planet genre is typically set on Mars, Venus, or other planets of the solar system beyond, worlds of steel and honour, of desert sand and dead sea bottoms, dying worlds, home to ancient, mysterious civilisations, these swashbuckling tales include elements of the space opera and the sword and sorcery genres. BARBARIANS OF THE RED PLANET calls for short stories, flash fiction or poetry, heroic in theme, exotic in atmosphere, in the vein of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom stories or Leigh Brackett's Eric Jon Stark series.
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