Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Author of the Gor Books Is Apparently an Awful, Awful Person

Some people might know about the Gor series. These are a series of...what are meant to be science fiction novels. But they're really more like pornography. Imagine the John Carter of Mars series if Edgar Rice Burroughs wasn't that interested in adventures but was super interested in tying up women.

As far as I'm concerned, whatever lifts your luggage. Having fantasies about tying up women doesn't make you a rapist, or even sexist, any more than playing Halo makes you a serial killer.

However the author, John Norman, seems to think he's some kind of persecuted philosopher. Everyone should read the interview here. It's quite amazing. It's like a twelve year old's idea of what a clever grown-up sounds like. The interviewer completely fawns over him as well.


  1. It's hard to tell someone's true character in an interview it can be distorted by editing. But he sure doesn't know a lot about other books out there:
    "The Gorean series, to the best of my knowledge, is the longest, most complex, most carefully worked out single-world series in the history of
    science fiction"

    nope, sorry, afraid not...the Deathlands series has over 100 books. Sure it's post apocalyptic gun porn, but that's a heck of a lot more than say 28 books.

  2. Jesus Christ --- John Norman a such gas bag! You ask him a question and he starts out by dissecting the question, and telling you how most lesser men would answer such a question, then delivers his own answer with all sorts of preening justification on how his answer is 'the best' answer.
    The people I met in college who were studying philosophy (there seemed to be three or four that I recall) were, in my opinion, even more full of shit than the average college student. If they were taught by guys like this, no wonder.

  3. He comes across slightly better in this more recent interview with io9: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3ruxnmg

    But he is still long-winded and pompous there. Comes of being a philosophy professor of a certain age I fear.

  4. I "like" the fact that he answered a question by restating the question. If that is not a typo, that's a classic move

  5. Check out the covers of his books here. I mean, seriously. I've got nothing against soft porn, but don't try to pretend you're a "philosopher" for writing soft porn on a "counter earth".


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