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Hunters of Gor (1974), 1980 Star paperback edition. 363 pages
Hunters of Gor (1974), 1980 Star paperback edition. 363 pages

Gor, the Counter-Earth, is the alternate-world setting for John Norman's "Chronicles of Gor," a series of 26 novels that combine philosophy, erotica and science fiction. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Counter-Earth is an Earth-like hypothetical planet, usually sharing an orbit with Earth but on the opposite side of the Sun. ... John Norman, pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. ... Hunters of Gor (1974), 1980 Star paperback edition. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... For the album by Madonna, see Erotica (album). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


The customs, terminology and imagery depicted in these books has inspired a related BDSM-influenced subculture. On- and off-line followers of this lifestyle are called Goreans. // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... This section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...

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Summary

Setting

Gor is an intricately detailed world in terms of flora, fauna, and customs. John Norman — the pen-name of Dr. John Lange, a professor of Philosophy and a classical scholar — often delights in ethnography, populating his planet with the equivalents of Roman, Greek, Native American, Viking, and other cultures. In the novels these various population groups are actually transplants from earth brought there by space-craft through the behind the scenes rulers of Gor, the Priest-Kings, an extra-terrestrial species insect-like in appearance. The Gorean humans are permitted advanced architectural and medical skills (including life extension), but are forced to remain primitive in the fields of transportation and weaponry (at approximately the level of Classical Mediterranean civilization) due to restrictions on technology imposed by the Priest-Kings. This limitation is imposed in order to ensure the safety of both the Priest-Kings as well as the other indigenous and transplanted beings on Gor, who would otherwise possibly come to harm due through humans and their belligerent tendencies. John Norman, pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ... Classics, particularly within the Western University tradition, when used as a singular noun, means the study of the language, literature, history, art, and other aspects of Greek and Roman culture during the time frame known as classical antiquity. ... Ethnography (from the Greek ethnos = people and graphein = writing) refers to the genre of writing that presents varying degrees of qualitative and quantitative descriptions of human social phenomena, based on fieldwork. ... Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... An independent origin and development of writing is counted among the many achievements and innovations of pre-Columbian American cultures. ... The term king commonly denotes the ship-borne warriors, pirates and traders of Norsemen (literally, men from the north) who originated in Scandinavia and raided the coasts of britain and ireland as far east as the Volga River in Russia from the late 8–18th century. ...


The planet Gor has lower gravity than earth's (which allows for the existence of large flying creatures, and tall towers connected by aerial bridges in the cities), and would have an even lower gravity if not for the technology of the Priest-Kings. The known geography of Gor consists mainly of the western seaboard of a continent which runs from the arctic in the north to south of the equator, with the Thassa Ocean to the west, and the Voltai mountain range forming an eastern boundary at many latitudes. There are also offshore islands in the ocean, and some relatively sparsely-settled plains to the east of the Voltai. The word "Gor" itself means home stone in the Gorean language (the native language of the city-states in the northern temperate region, and a widely-spoken lingua franca in many other areas).


Plotlines

Most of the novels in the series are action adventures, with many of the military engagements borrowing liberally from historic ones, such as the trireme battles of ancient Greece and the castle sieges of medieval Europe. Ar, a Rome-like city in which several of the novels are set, maintains a "margin of desolation" similar to that of Mesopotamia's Gu-Edin. A Greek trireme. ... The Temple of Athena, the Parthenon Ancient Greece is a period in Greek history that lasted for around nine hundred years. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5... Mesopotamia refers to the region now occupied by modern Iraq, and parts of eastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and southwest Iran. ... Gu-Edin was a flat field in Sumer, in modern day Iraq. ...


The series is a planetary romance and the first book, "Tarnsman of Gor," opens with some scenes very reminiscent of the first book of the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who helped create the genre; both feature the protagonist narrating his adventures after being transported to another world. These parallels end after the first few books, when the stories of the books begin to be structured along a loose plot arc involving the struggles of the city-state of Ar and the island of Cos to control the Vosk river area, as well as the struggles at a higher level between non-human Priest-Kings and Kurii (see below) to control the solar system. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sword and Planet. ... A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, McClurg, 1917 Barsoom is a fictional version of the planet Mars invented by author Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. ... Edgar Rice Burroughs Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, although he also produced works in many genres. ...


Criticisms

An explicit aspect of Gor is that men are the rulers and women are for the most part chattel; their interactions often feature what some consider the machismic stereotypes of Gorean society. This has led feminists to label the works as blatantly misogynistic. Since John Norman postulates a supposed strong natural drive for men to dominate women and in turn for women a supposed strong desire to submit to strong men, this according to Norman leads to a society that affords freedom and property rights to men while affording women slavery (For further elaboration on the psychosexual content of Norman's writings, see John Norman.) Personal property is a type of property. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Misogyny (IPA: ) is hatred or strong prejudice against women; an antonym of philogyny. ... John Norman, pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. ...


Criticisms have also been leveled at Norman's prose, which is often fraught with unnecessary diction and stilted dialogue, and a fondness for certain dubious forms such as "muchly", "unoften", or the word "modality" used as a synonym for "role". Passages — especially in books later in the series, when the protagonist begins to assimilate into Gorean society — occasionally veer off onto lengthy and repetitious philosophical tangents lampooning feminism and liberalism at length. Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... Feminism comprises a number of social, cultural and political movements, theories and moral philosophies that are concerned with the impact of cultural, political, and economic practices and inequalities on discrimination against women. ... Liberalism is an ideology, philosophical view, and political tradition which holds that liberty is the primary political value. ...


On the other hand, the world of Gor which John Norman vividly paints has a strong and growing fan-base in the BDSM subculture, where many aspects of Gorean culture are imported into the sexual roleplay of the interested couples. // A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. Female bottom in bondage with leather monoglove BDSM is any of a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ...


Books

The Gorean Kajira "kef" symbol.
The Gorean Kajira "kef" symbol.
  1. Tarnsman of Gor (1967) ISBN 0-345-27583-7
  2. Outlaw of Gor (1967) ISBN 0-345-27136-X
  3. Priest-Kings of Gor (1968) ISBN 0-7592-0036-X
  4. Nomads of Gor (1969) ISBN 0-345-33421-3
  5. Assassin of Gor (1970) ISBN 1-56333-538-7
  6. Raiders of Gor (1971) ISBN 1-56333-558-1
  7. Captive of Gor (1972) ISBN 1-56333-581-6
  8. Hunters of Gor (1974) ISBN 1-56333-592-1
  9. Marauders of Gor (1975) ISBN 1-56333-662-6
  10. Tribesmen of Gor (1976) ISBN 1-56333-677-4
  11. Slave Girl of Gor (1977) ISBN 0-87997-679-9
  12. Beasts of Gor (1978) ISBN 0-88677-028-9
  13. Explorers of Gor (1979) ISBN 0-87997-905-4
  14. Fighting Slave of Gor (1981) ISBN 0-87997-882-1
  15. Rogue of Gor (1981) ISBN 0-87997-892-9
  16. Guardsman of Gor (1981) ISBN 0-87997-890-2
  17. Savages of Gor (1982) ISBN 0-88677-191-9
  18. Blood Brothers of Gor (1982) ISBN 0-88677-157-9
  19. Kajira of Gor (1983) ISBN 0-87997-807-4
  20. Players of Gor (1984) ISBN 0-88677-116-1
  21. Mercenaries of Gor (1985) ISBN 0-88677-369-5
  22. Dancer of Gor (1986) ISBN 0-88677-301-6
  23. Renegades of Gor (1986) ISBN 0-88677-382-2
  24. Vagabonds of Gor (1987) ISBN 0-88677-188-9
  25. Magicians of Gor (1988) ISBN 0-88677-279-6
  26. Witness of Gor (2001) ISBN 0-7592-4235-6

Norman has reportedly completed a 27th book, Prize of Gor, which deals with a rejuvenation serum (going beyond the "stabilization serums" or immortality potions of the other books), and is planning a further book set on one of the "Steel Worlds" (artificial space habitats) of the Kurii.[1] Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The kajira kef symbol (or staff and fronds) of the Gor books. ...


General notes

Most of the books are narrated by transplanted British professor Tarl Cabot, master swordsman and possibly Norman's alter-ego, as he engages in adventures involving Priest-Kings, Kurii, and humans alike. Books 7, 11, 19, 22, and 26 are narrated by abducted Earth women who are made slaves. Books 14, 15 and 16 are narrated by male abductee (and initially slave) Jason Marshall. The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ... John Norman, pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. ...


The series features several sentient alien races. The most important to the books are the insectoid Priest-Kings and the huge sharp-clawed predatory Kurii, both space-farers from foreign star systems. The Priest-Kings rule Gor as somewhat disinterested custodians, leaving humans to their own affairs as long as they abide by certain restrictions on technology. The Kurii are an aggressive, invasive race with advanced technology (but less so than that of the Priest-Kings) who wish to colonize Gor and Earth. The power of the Priest-Kings is diminished after the "Nest War" described in the third book, and for the most part, Priest-Kings and Kurii struggle against each other only by proxy, through their respective human agents and spies. Some critics have commented that these antipoles — the dispassionate, ultra-rationalist Priest-Kings who find little joy in existence and the Kurii who simply follow their savage instincts and kill in their lack of reflection — are an allegorical appeal to moderate human behavior. In epistemology and in its broadest sense, rationalism is any view appealing to reason as a source of knowledge or justification (Lacey 286). ... This article is about the psychological process of introspecting. ... Allegory of Music by Filippino Lippi. ...


Early entries in the series were mostly plot-driven space opera adventures, with later entries growing more heavily philosophical and sexual. There are many sub-plots that run the course of several books and tie back to the main plotline in later books. Some of these plots start in the first book, but most are underway in the first ten books. Classic pulp space opera cover, with the usual cliché elements. ...


Influences

Many historical cultures of Earth are reflected in the novels of Gor. Although the Greco-Roman is the most often noted of these, this is not the only society presented in some fashion on Gor. There are many similarities to real-life historical civilizations in various regions of Gor (explained in the books by early "voyages of acquisition" which the Priest-Kings undertook in order to populate Gor with humans taken from different parts of earth). In modern Olympic and amateur wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling is a particular style and variation. ...


The majority of "known Gor", as the Vosk river region in the temperate north of the continent is often referred to, is reminiscent of ancient Greco-Roman city-states in many respects (aside from the delta city of Port Kar, which is a more anarchic and piratical version of Venice). The most common dating system is Contasta Ar, or years since the founding of Ar (similar to ab urbe condita), and the Viktel Aria road leading to Ar is analogous to the Appian way. In Gor's Torvaldsland, you might think you'd encountered Earth's Vikings. The "Red Savage" peoples of the Barrens are populated with a culture based upon Native Americans, especially the Sioux Nations. The "Wagon Peoples" are a blend of the Mongols and the Gauchos of South America. The Alars appear based on the Alans, barbarians who were later conquered by the Huns. The peoples of the Tahari desert correlate to the nomads of Arabia, the Gorean regions around Schendi to Amazon or Congo River valley populations. The peoples of far north Gor, or the "Red Hunters" as Norman sometimes referred to them, are clearly Inuit — in this case to the point of referring to them as such. Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia, Latin: Venetia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). ... Ab urbe condita (related with Anno urbis conditae: AUC or a. ... The path of the Via Appia and of the Via Appia Traiana. ... The name Viking is a loan from the native Scandinavian term for the Norse seafaring warriors who raided the coasts of Scandinavia, Europe and the British Isles from the late 8th century to the 11th century, the period of European history referred to as the Viking Age. ... Native Americans can refer to Native Americans in the United States, natives of the United States only; equivalent to American Indians in some contexts. ... An Emil Hoas Production For the helicopter H-13 Sioux, see Bell 47 Wahktageli (Coward Warrior), a Yankton Sex chief (Karl Bodmer) Funeral scaffold of a Sioux chief (Karl Bodmer) Horse racing of the Sioux Indians (Karl Bodmer) The Sioux (IPA ) are a Native American people. ... The name Mongols (Mongolian: Mongol) specifies one or several ethnic groups. ... This article describes the South American cattle herder. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... The Alans, Alani, Alauni or Halani were an Iranian nomadic group among the Sarmatian people, warlike nomadic pastoralists of varied backgrounds, who spoke an Iranian language and to a large extent shared a common culture. ... The Huns were an early confederation of Central Asian equestrian nomads or semi-nomads. ... The Arabian Peninsula The Arabian Peninsula is a mainly desert peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia and an important part of the greater Middle East. ... // “Amazonian” redirects here. ... The Congo River (for a time known as Zaire River) is the largest river in Western Central Africa. ... For other uses, see Inuit (disambiguation). ...


See also

This section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The kajira kef symbol (or staff and fronds) of the Gor books. ... Maledom, or male dominance, refers to heterosexual BDSM activities where the dominant partner is male, and the submissive partner is female. ... Capture-bonding is a descriptive evolutionary psychology term for the evolved psychological mechanism behind Stockholm syndrome. ... The Telnarian Histories (1991-1993) are a series of three relatively hard science fiction novels which express philosophical messages consistent with those of author John Norman. ... Time Slave is a 1975 hybrid of historical fiction and science fiction by reactionary philosopher John Norman. ... Exploration and satisfaction through the mental and spiritual aspects of sexual intercourse is the thesis of Imaginative Sex, John Normans nonfiction 1974 work. ...

External links

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Official sites

General information

  • Gorean Shores - Is a role play chat room. The setting is a paga tavern in the city of Port Kar. Book discussion take place every Tuesday night at 8:30PM EST.
  • Gorean Mind - A reference site containing extensive quotes from the book regarding all imaginable topics.
  • DreamingKajira - Documented reference for free and slave, some multimedia, a bit of everything for online and offline Goreans
  • Naia's Compendium of Gorean Sites
  • Greater Laran Unabridged Encyclopedia & Dictionary Of Gor -- major compendium of Gorean terminology referenced to the books
  • Dreamstrike - A personal site containing summaries of the books, detailed descriptions of Gorean culture, flora, and fauna, and various writings on Gorean topics. The site's summary of the novels can be found here: An Introduction to John Norman's Gor. It is quite large and exhaustively researched.
  • The Central Fire. Another comprehensively researched Gorean resource.
  • Explore Gor - A reference site containing extensive quotes divided by topic and Characters.

Parody/humor

Movies

  • Two films have been made (often considered generic grade-B sci-fi flicks only very loosely based on Norman's books): Gor and Outlaw of Gor (also known as "Outlaw"). The latter appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ...

Media


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Gor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1351 words)
Gor, the Counter-Earth, is the alternate-world setting for John Norman's "Chronicles of Gor," a series of 26 novels that combine philosophy, erotica and science fiction.
On Gor, men are the rulers and women are sometimes chattel; their interactions often feature what some consider the machismic stereotypes of Gorean society.
The majority of "known Gor", as the Vosk river region in the temperate north of the continent is often referred to, is reminiscent of ancient Greco-Roman city-states in many respects (aside from the delta city of Port Kar, which is a more anarchic and piratical version of Venice).
What is Gor? (3020 words)
Gor's denizens were transported to that planet long ago, taken from their own time periods on Earth by the alien Priest-Kings, a race of advanced, inquisitive creatures who are the true masters of this Counter-Earth.
It is they who manipulated the geography of Gor, and through the use of unfathomable sciences altered the position of the planet itself, moving it to its current location and keeping it within its selected orbit, providing a stable ecosystem for their research and own safety.
On Gor man is left to his own innate talents and abilities, with indigenous technology seeking to add to the glory of life and humanity, not replace nature and man's own skill with the impersonal ministrations of the machine.
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