A Princess of Mars (John Carter of Mars Book 1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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A Princess of Mars is Edgar Rice Burrough's first installment of the Barsoom series, which introduced science fiction action hero John Carter. Its lasting inspirational impact can be seen across fiction and nonfiction writing alike, with creators and authors ranging from Ray Bradbury to Carl Sagan alike.
In A Princess of Mars, American Civil War veteran John Carter is mysteriously transported to Mars while being pursued through the American Southwest. Due to his enhanced physical prowess on the surface of a lower gravity, he ascends to near-demigod status and becomes a key figure in the political and martial maneuvers of his hosts.