Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Norman, John

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Pseudonym of US academic and writer John Frederick Lange Jr (1931-    ), whose debut novel Tarnsman of Gor (1966) was the first of a lengthy Planetary Romance sequence. Gor is a world on the far side of our Sun, and its barbarous slave-owning culture is continually supplied with manpower (and, more significantly, womanpower) shanghaied from Earth. The first book and its immediate sequels, Outlaw of Gor (1967) and Priest-Kings of Gor (1968) – all three assembled as Gor Omnibus: The Chronicles of Counter Earth (omni 1972 UK) – are passable exercises in the Edgar Rice Burroughs mode, as are #4 and #5, Nomads of Gor (1969) and Assassin of Gor (1970). However, later volumes degenerate into extremely sexist, sadomasochistic pornography involving the ritual humiliation of women, and as a result have caused widespread offence: Raiders of Gor (1971), Captive of Gor (1972), Hunters of Gor (1974), Marauders of Gor (1975), Tribesmen of Gor (1976), Slave Girl of Gor (1977), Beasts of Gor (1978), Explorers of Gor (1979), Fighting Slave of Gor (1980), Guardsman of Gor (1981), Rogue of Gor (1981), Blood Brothers of Gor (1982), Savages of Gor (1982), Kajira of Gor (1983), Players of Gor (1984), Mercenaries of Gor (1985), Dancer of Gor (1985), Renegades of Gor (1986), Vagabonds of Gor (1987) and Magicians of Gor (1988). Though deplored by critics, the series was popular, and its opening volumes inspired two obscure movies, Gor (1987) dir Fritz Kiersch and Outlaw of Gor (1987) dir John Cardos. In the early 1990s JN attempted to relaunch his by-then stalled career with a new series, the Telnarian HistoriesThe Chieftain (1991), The Captain (1993) and The King (1993) – but this seems to have caused much less of a stir. [DP]

other works: Ghost Dance (1969); Imaginative Sex (1974), nonfiction; Time Slave (1975).

John Frederick Lange Jr


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.