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)
Pages: 211
Bibliographic Info: 149 illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8793-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4761-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1­
1. The Rules 5
2. The History of Jetan 10
3. Games and Sports and Burroughs 43
4. Jetan in The Chessmen of Mars 60
5. Jetan in Popular Culture 78
6. A Proposed Notation Standard 98
7. Tactics of Jetan 105
8. Sample Games 128
9. Jetan Problems and Exercises 142
10. Variants of Jetan 152
11. Conclusion 179
Acknowledgments 181
Image Credits 183
Appendix I: The Original Rules of Jetan 185
Appendix II: The Rules of Thuria Jetan 188
Appendix III: The Rules of ­­Jetan-Sarang 192
Bibliography 197
Index 199

Book Reviews & Awards

“Fredrik Ekman has done a masterful job with Jetan, the Martian Chess of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Rules, history, variants, sample matches and problems, it’s all here in a book that will interest gamers, science fiction buffs, and pop culture fans. Even the most ardent Burroughs enthusiast will learn something new in this comprehensive guide to the game at the heart of the sword-and-planet classic The Chessmen of Mars.”—Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration and Tarzan on Film.