Edgar Rice Burroughs, né à Chicago le 1er septembre 1875 et mort à Los Angeles le 19 mars 1950 (à 74 ans), est un romancier américain, créateur de Tarzan, l'homme-singe, l'un des personnages de fiction les plus connus au monde et de John Carter, l'un des premiers héros de science-fiction. Il est également l'auteur de plusieurs séries de science-fiction et de romans policiers.
Citations de ses livres[modifier]
Cycle de Mars[modifier]
Une princesse de Mars (premier livre du Cycle de Mars), 1917[modifier]
- (fr) Possibly the suggestions which I gained upon Mars, and the knowledge which I can set down in this chronicle, will aid in an earlier understanding of the mysteries of our sister planet; mysteries to you, but no longer mysteries to me.
- Le capitaine John Carter s'apprête à relater ses aventures sur la planète Mars.
- A Princess of Mars (1917), Edgar Rice Burroughs (trad. Wikiquote), éd. The Library of America, 2012, chap. 1, On the Arizona Hills, p. 14 (lire en ligne)
- (fr) Springing to my feet I received my first Martian surprise, for the effort, which on Earth would have brought me standing upright, carried me into the Martian air to the height of about three yards. I alighted softly upon the ground, however, without appreciable shock or jar. Now commenced a series of evolutions which even then seemed ludicrous in the extreme. I found that I must learn to walk all over again, as the muscular exertion which carried me easily and safely upon Earth played strange antics with me upon Mars.
- Le capitaine John Carter découvre la gravité plus faible qui règne sur la planète Mars.
- A Princess of Mars (1917), Edgar Rice Burroughs (trad. Wikiquote), éd. The Library of America, 2012, chap. 4, My Advent on Mars, p. 31 (lire en ligne)
Les Hommes-squelettes de Jupiter (dans John Carter of Mars), 1943[modifier]
- (fr) Like many fighting men, I am inclined to be credulous concerning matters outside my vocation; or at least I used to be. I believed whatever the scientists said. Long ago, I believed with Flammarion that Mars was habitable and inhabited; then a newer and more reputable school of scientists convinced me that it was neither. Without losing hope, I was yet forced to believe them until I came to Mars to live. They still insist that Mars is neither habitable or inhabited, but I live here. Fact and theory seem to be opposed. Unquestionably, the scientists appear to be correct in theory. Equally incontrovertible is it that I am correct in fact. In the adventure that I am about to narrate, fact and theory will again cross swords. I hate to do this to my long-suffering scientific friends; but if they would only consult me first rather than dogmatically postulating theories which do not meet with popular acclaim, they would save themselves much embarrassment.
- Le capitaine John Carter contredit ses amis scientifiques en se fondant sur les nombreuses aventures qu'il a vécues sur Mars. Edgar Rice Burroughs joue sur les contradictions entre ses récits et les connaissances scientifiques de son époque.
- John Carter of Mars (1943), Edgar Rice Burroughs (trad. Wikiquote), éd. Project Gutenberg Australia, 2018, chap. 1, Betrayed, Skeleton Men of Jupiter, p. url (lire en ligne)
- (en) A most gorgeous scene presented itself to my astonished eyes. Gorgeous Jupiter loomed before me in all his majestic immensity. Five of his planets were plainly visible in the heavens. I could even see the tiny one closest to him, which is only thirty miles in diameter. During the ensuing two days, I saw, or at least I thought I saw, all of the remaining five moons. And Jupiter grew larger and more imposing. We were approaching him at the very considerable speed of twenty-three miles per second, but were still some two million miles distant.
- Le capitaine John Carter, prisonnier des hommes-squelettes, est emmené vers Jupiter dans leur vaisseau. [lire en ligne]
- John Carter of Mars (1943), Edgar Rice Burroughs (trad. Wikiquote), éd. Project Gutenberg Australia, 2018, chap. 3, The Morgors of Sasoom, Skeleton Men of Jupiter, p. url (lire en ligne)