Author Lin Carter often gets criticized, especially for his “marked tendency for self-promotion” and “the hollowed out derivativeness of the setting and action“. However, there are several good things about him:
- He always acknowledged when he was trying to write in someone else’s style.
- I don’t think he ever tried to write a pastiche of Lord of the Rings (and presumably not because he didn’t like it: he wrote a book about it).
- The Man Who Loved Mars is actually pretty good.
- He might have had an influence on the plot of Avatar. I’ve already posted about how that film is partly similar to Carter’s Under the Green Star. I later found out that The Man Who Loved Mars, like Avatar, has a man who rejects near-future Earth society and leads a rebellion against it by tribal aliens. Of course, it could be a matter of them both using the same set of stock plots.
PS I haven’t included his editing the ‘Flashing Swords’ series. I read a couple and didn’t think they were that great.