Burroughs, Edgar Rice (1875–1950)
Although lightweight in content and superficial in their portrayal of alien life and intelligence, Burroughs' Mars novels nevertheless had a lasting effect on those who read them in their formative years, including, by their own acknowledgment, Ronald Bracewell, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Carl Sagan. Moreover, they helped entrench the popular notion, especially in the United States, that Mars was still a place of mystery and, possibly, the abode of beings more advanced than ourselves. It was, after all, during the time when Burroughs wrote his Martian adventures that the War of the Worlds radio play triggered such mass panic across America.
During World War II, Burroughs worked for the Los Angeles Times as the oldest war correspondent covering the Pacific Theater.
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