Those readers who haven’t heard of the silliest man in science fiction, John Norman, might want to read my previous posts on him before this one.
Fans of stories that are definitely not ripoffs of the Barsoom series (he hadn’t even read them before writing his series with basically the same plot and the exact same titling convention using virtually the same pen name) will be overjoyed to hear that John Norman has a new publisher for his Gor series. This means that the feminist-inspired censorship that lost him his publisher last time has been defeated (he couldn’t self-publish them, because…uh….because of feminism I guess).
He’s even bringing out a new chapter in the Gorean Saga. But long-time fans might be worried that he talks about himself as an editor. Will this change his distinctive style? It’s pretty obvious he’s never re-read anything he wrote before sending it to the publisher.
Let’s hear what he has to say.
I am uneasy, and, to some extent, fear the Gorean narratives. Would you not do so, even if you, rather than I, were their editor? Surely they are fiction, but perhaps a strange fiction, an anomalous fiction, for the day. Why do they not, reflexively and mindlessly, wisely, prudentially, preach the ideology of reward and acclaim? Are such things not important, not essential? Are the routine formulas so difficult to detect, and the political requirements so obscure? What is different about the Gorean books? Surely the truths they whisper, if truths they be, are small enough, and unimportant enough, and innocent enough, to note. One leaves the drums and trumpets to the leaders of parades. One goes elsewhere, hopefully unnoticed. One sets sail for different worlds. Perhaps the Gorean books, in their small way, are too real. They must be fiction. I will have it no other way.
There’s more than this – quite a lot more actually – but I think we can rest easy. There’s no way anyone edited this.
The original press release is here. By the way, whoever ‘designed’ the cover above is more talented than whoever coded their website.