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Just to be clear, this novel is not in any way related to Edgar Rice Burroughs or Barsoom. It was clearly a knock-off meant to cash in on the popularity of ERB's books.

I remember the following about the novel:

It had an off-white cover with a man fighting a green martian (but not an ERB green martian).

The novels production value seemed like a pulp-reprint, even though I read it in the 1980s. Probably reprinted in the 1970s, or so I thought at the time.

Plot points:

  • Man grows up next door to a French fencing master that teaches him how to sword fight.

  • He takes part in a teleportation experiment that takes him to Mars.

  • Adventures ensue, including a gladiatorial fight where the hero has to stall for time, so he slowly cuts his less-skilled opponent into hamburger.

  • Runs into an issue where he cannot marry the girl of his dreams if he kills her fiance. Some cultural taboo.

  • He eventually returns to Earth with only a few seconds passing, but coming back with scars from his adventure.

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It could be Warriors of Mars by "Edward Powys Bradbury", later republished as City of the Beast by Michael Moorcock.

It begins a trilogy featuring Michael Kane, an incarnation of Moorcock's Eternal Champion.
The trilogy is:

  1. Warriors of Mars / City of the Beast
  2. Blades of Mars / Lord of the Spiders
  3. Barbarians of Mars / Masters of the Pit

book cover, man jumping on a blue alien

book cover, alien gets speared by man

book cover, man faces an alien riding an alien beast

  • beat me to the answer by 2 minutes – Dai Dec 27 '14 at 14:37
  • Yes, this is the one. A bit of research turned up some character names I recognized. Oddly, I never knew it was a Moorcock novel. Learn something new every day. – Vicpylon Dec 27 '14 at 15:45
  • Wow, never knew Moorcock used such a ridiculous pseudonym! – Jason K Feb 2 '18 at 15:05
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I think this is the Michael Kane series by Michael Moorcock (as Edward P Bradbury).

  1. Warriors of Mars (1965) aka The City of the Beast

  2. Blades of Mars (1965) aka Lord of the Spiders

  3. Barbarians of Mars (1965) aka Masters of the Pit

I had an omnibus of this trilogy with the stories all named under the alternate titles listed above but I'm buggered if I can find the book. Goodreads shows the cover of the copy I had.

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