I read this novel as a kid (so pre -1980).

What I most clearly remember is the metal that defied gravity so the characters had “airships” made out of it.

The main characters were warrior-like and the Queen or Princess got kidnapped at the beginning and ended up being befriended by giant, very dark blue aliens.

  • Hi there! That's some info already but could you please take a look at these guidelines, see if they trigger any more memories you could edit in? For instance, any recollection of the cover? – Jenayah Apr 7 at 6:46
  • Was there any blue skinned aliens in 'A Princess of Mars'?...I remember green and red but it's a long time since I read the book – DannyMcG Apr 7 at 7:47
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    @DannyMcG that was my immediate thought, but I can't remember any giant, blue-skinned aliens. Also as I recall the airships use the "8th ray" (TM) not anti-gravity metal. – John Rennie Apr 7 at 8:35
  • John Normans Gor novels have a gravity defying metal, but IIRC it was used in floating platforms rather than airships (and while the occasional princess is abducted that's probably not the bit one would remember first about the series, especially if one had read it as a kid). – Eike Pierstorff Apr 7 at 8:44
  • Giant blue aliens & a gravity defying metal you say ~ Um.. that almost sounds like Dances with Smurfs to me? ~ have you no other details? – Pelinore Apr 7 at 23:17

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