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Is This Where John Norman Got His Inspiration?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 | Posted by Sean McLachlan

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I spotted this in the classifieds at the back of the March 1962 issue of Amazing. Too bad I didn’t know about this when I met John Norman!


Sean McLachlan is a freelance travel and history writer. He is the author of the historical fantasy novel A Fine Likeness, set in Civil War Missouri, and the post-apocalyptic thriller Radio Hope. His historical fantasy novella The Quintessence of Absence, was published by Black Gate. Find out more about him on his blog and Amazon author’s page.

4 Comments »

  1. Sean,

    Okay, this is fascinating… three ads for legs irons, beautiful women, and “educational opportunities” through subliminal conditioning… that’s the plot of a John Norman novel summarized right there. I think you might be on to something.

    Comment by John ONeill - February 19, 2015 12:10 pm

  2. Don’t get me going about John Norman. I loved Tarnsman and Outlaw of Gor – I thought they were first-rate Burroughsian planetary romances. But a funny odor began to be apparent with Priest-Kings of Gor, and by the time I finished Nomads of Gor (frustratingly, in other ways the best of them all) I decided that I was done. Folks are free to read and write anything they want, of course, but things were just getting a bit too…icky… for me.

    Comment by Thomas Parker - February 19, 2015 3:06 pm

  3. Now I want to commission an entire anthology based on random classifieds from 1960s SF magazines.

    Comment by Joe H. - February 19, 2015 8:32 pm

  4. Thomas,

    I’ve heard versions of that story for many years. Looks like you made it about as far as most.

    Comment by John ONeill - February 20, 2015 12:12 am


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