I am a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- well, pulp novels, in general -- but Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of my favourites.
I will freely admit that Edgar Rice Burroughs did not write High Literature. His work is pulp fiction, and rather proud of it, but while some High Literature has lost its' allure for me over time, I can pick up a Burroughs book and be just as enthralled today as I was the first time.
While Tarzan may be Burrough's most popular hero, I've always been partial to John Carter of Mars. While the derring-do is a plus, it is the ruined palaces, dried sea-beds, the fliers, the magnificent city of Helium, all that and more that really hold a special place in my heart.
I am apparently not the only one -- many of the scientists, engineers and others in the NASA space program could quote the Barsoom books; and Carl Sagan kept a map of Burroughs' Mars on the wall of his office at Cornell.
Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Alan Dean Foster, and Arthur C. Clarke are all fans, as well as many more authors who have -- some overtly, some not so much -- referenced Barsoom in other works of fiction.
Now I learn that Disney (oh, god) is releasing a movie (probably very loosely) based on "A Princess of Mars", said movie to be out this coming week.
Please, please, please, don't let it suck.