The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Readings of some of the greatest imaginative fiction ever written. Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known for his creation of Tarzan of the Apes, was a prolific author of what would come to be known as "science fiction" or "swords and sorcery." Accomplished film and TV actor David Stifel is your narrator and host. Join us for the adventures of a lifetime!

Thuvia retires on July 16, 2012

On July 16, 2012, Thuvia Maid of Mars will be retired from this site. After that, listeners may listen to the first two episodes here free of charge, but will need to purchase it to hear the remainder. It may be purchased at

This action is being taken to help generate revenues to allow me to continue podcasting more of these novels.

Many thanks to each one of you for your support.

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Next up - TARZAN!!!!

As Pellucidar enters its final two episodes, it's time to announce the next book at The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs .....

Tarzan of the Apes

Need I say more? Look for Episode 1 on July 18, 2012!

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Prolog and Chapter I – “Lost on Pellucidar”

The second of Ed’s Inner World series, written in 1914-1915, Pellucidar takes up the dangling plot line left at the end of At the Earth’s Core. Ed’s twentieth novel since his first in 1911 (A Princess of Mars), it demonstrates the author’s incredible capacity for work, and an amazing ability to juggle, by this time, three different book series (Barsoom and Tarzan as well as Pellucidar).

Direct download: 01_Pellucidar.mp3
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Up Next - Pellucidar!

Coming up immediately following the end of At the Earth's Core (very soon!) will be the next novel in the series - Pellucidar!  (Couldn't leave you hanging at the edge of a cliff, now could we?)

Watch for an announcement of what follows this book - the votes are in and I'm very excited about the next series to appear here at the Fantastic Worlds!

As always - many thanks to brother Ernest Stifel for the wonderful icon artwork that helps make the Fantastic Worlds even more fantastic!

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Pellucidar Now - Where Next?

As you can see, we are now in the Inner World, working on At the Earth's Core - to be followed immediately by Pellucidar. After that .... let me know what ERB novels written before 1923 you'd like to hear! Email me at I'm always happy to hear from you!

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Prologue and Chapter I – “Toward the Eternal Fires”

This is the third of Ed’s incredible series that he invented in that incredible burst of creativity between 1911 and 1913 – the burst that started in 1911 with the first book of the Mars series. It was followed by Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. Not satisfied, Ed went and created yet another long-lasting series in 1913 with his invention of the “Inner World” – the world inside the Earth – At the Earth’s Core.

Direct download: 01_At_the_Earths_Core.mp3
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Prelude – “John Carter Comes to Earth” and Chapter 1 – “Tara in a Tantrum”

The Chessmen of Mars was written in 1921 , 90 years ago. It was Ed’s 39th book, after his first effort in 1911, A Princess of Mars. 39 books in 10 years – and Ed was barely getting started!

Direct download: 01_The_Chessmen_of_Mars.mp3
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Kaor, Chessmen!

This is a bittersweet milestone - the start of the fifth Mars book by ERB - and the last one in the public domain! Meaning, it's the final one that I can do - until I can find a way to get the rights to do more. Until then, stay tuned for an announcement of what will be coming next on the Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  And enjoy this one, which contains one of Ed's most fascinating creations, the two symbiotic races of bodies without heads, and heads without bodies!

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Chessmen are a'comin'!

Yes, my friends, we've almost completed Thuvia, Maid of Mars - and immediately following will be the fifth book of the Mars series - The Chessmen of Mars!  This is a bittersweet milestone, for it is the last Mars novel in the public domain (at present) - which means that when it is completed, The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs will shift to a new series!  Watch for the coming announcement of what that series will be! And again, as always, many thanks to brother Ernest Stifel for the original podcast icon artwork you see here.

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Thank you,!

A great and grand THANK YOU! to Jesse Willis and the folks at I had the pleasure to be asked to participate in a roundtable online discussion of Burroughs and A Princess of Mars. The 75 minute discussion was great fun to be in - and I was proud to trot out my copious ERB research and knowledge for these guys. Their receptivity to my work here is deeply appreciated.  The roundtable discussion can be found at . If you have trouble finding where to actually listen to the discussion, it's at the very bottom of the page, after all the illustrations. If you really can't find it, here's a direct link to the mp3 file itself

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