The Martian Chess of Edgar Rice Burroughs

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About the Book

Throughout its hundred-year history, the game Jetan has influenced many writers and game designers. Invented by author Edgar Rice Burroughs for his 1922 novel The Chessmen of Mars, Jetan has been played by enthusiastic fans and serious gamers alike.
This first-ever book on Jetan explores the game’s rules in depth and provides new interpretations based on up-to-date research. It chronicles the game’s history, explores tactics and variants and provides a complete standard for notating games. Also included are three annotated Jetan playthroughs and several practice exercises. Over 80 diagrams and photographs are used as illustrations, and an essay about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ lifelong interest in sports and games further contextualizes the game.

About the Author(s)

Fredrik Ekman is a middle school teacher living in Sweden. He is an active member of Edgar Rice Burroughs fandom, and often writes on various ERB-related topics.

Bibliographic Details

Fredrik Ekman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 145 illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8793-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4761-6
Imprint: McFarland



ERB, Barsoom, John Carter, John Carter of Mars, board games, chess variants, abstract games, jetan, Mars, Science Fiction, sci-fi, Fantasy, Sword and Planet