Friday, 27 March 2015
More ERBian Allusions
If Marc had called his greatwolf pup not Nobs but Woola, then the ERBian reference would have been unmistakable since Woola was John Carter's calot.
One of the Allied blimps on Venus is called the Vepaja which sounds Indian and therefore made me think of The Peshawar Lancers, where dirigibles are also used, although I did not immediately google "Vepaja." However, the Vepaja's sister-ship is the Duare and that is recognizably ERBian, the equivalent of saying "Dejah Thoris" in a Martian/Barsoomian context. I did then google "Vepaja" and was reminded of its meaning, while also learning that it has a different significance for Doctor Who. Sf writers might consciously or unconsciously copy words from earlier works.
It is authentic that, if space explorers found a habitable and inhabited Venus, then they would use ERBian terminology while exploring it. One fiction appropriately refers to another. Surprisingly, I remember some parallels between Poul Anderson and ERB but not any direct references by the former to the latter.