Saturday, 11 June 2016
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Tor Books, New York, 1999), p. 89.
("...winnings..." = loot.)
Does this mean that our hero disapproves of rape or just that he is canny in not offending the local population too much? How often do the realities of war impinge on heroic fiction? ERB's John Carter led the green hordes that sacked Zodanga, a city of the red men but the enemy of Helium.
ERB's Barsoom had a racial hierarchy:
Under Carter's leadership, the reds of Helium became dominant and were allied with the greens of Thark. On Earth, racism of skin color did not exist until the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Carter was a Confederate. Such issues at least did not exist back in the Roman or viking periods.