Sunday, 15 September 2013
Duel On Syrtis
Riordan had seemed to win his fight with Kreega, the Martian that he had hunted, but Kreega survived and we had been told how he would do it on the third page of the story.
I have lost count of Anderson's fictitious Martian races. Feathered and owl-like, Kreega sounds a bit like the "Martians" of Anderson's Technic Civilization History but the latter are extra-Solar colonists of Mars, not native Martians.
"Duel on Syrtis" was published in Planet Stories in 1951 yet a base on Mars is called Port Armstrong.
Riordan has hunted throughout the Solar System:
Plutonian ice crawlers;
Terrestrial lion, tiger, elephant, buffalo and sheep;
many-legged swamp monsters in Venerian rain forests (another "Fantastic Venus");
a huge blind thing in a Neptunian liquid-gas swamp.
Thus, an old-style much-inhabited Solar System.