- Transit to Scorpio
Infobox Book |
name = Transit to Scorpio
image_caption = Cover of first edition
language = English
Dray Prescot series
Sword and planet
release_date = 1972
media_type = Print (
The Suns of Scorpio
"Transit to Scorpio" is a
science fictionnovel written by Kenneth Bulmerunder the pseudonymof Alan Burt Akers, volume 1 in his extensive Dray Prescot seriesof sword and planetnovels, set on the fictional world of Kregen, a planet of the Antaresstar system in the constellationof Scorpio. It was first published by DAW Booksin 1972.
The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, each cycle essentially forming a series within the series. In addition to being the first volume in the series as a whole, "Transit to Scorpio" is the initial volume in the Delian Cycle, which introduces the reader to a number of different Kregen locales as Prescot struggles to find his place in this strange new world and to win the hand of Delia, the love of his life.
The novel features the story of Dray Prescot, an English sailor of
Lord Nelson's navy, and his miraculous teleportation to the planet Kregen. There he is trained as an agent for the mysterious Savanti, an apparently benevolent secret society devoted to improving the lot of humanity among the many intelligent species of Kregen. He falls from grace and is banished back to Earth for supplying forbidden aid to Delia, princess of the island empire of Vallia, an injured supplicant to the Savanti.
Returned to Kregen through the agency of the Star Lords, an even more mysterious rival group of unknown motivation, he becomes a pawn in their schemes, sent willy-nilly to various locations on the planet to serve their ends and capriciously returned to Earth when his task is done or he manages to offend them. Despite this handicap he usually rises to a position of power in whatever society he is thrust into, and is able to renew and further his relationship with Delia.
Important locales introduced in this novel include the hidden city of the Savanti, the northern plains of the continent of Segesthes, and the city state of Zenicce on the same continent.
Bulmer's choice of the setting for the series is a subtle tribute to the Martian series of
Edgar Rice Burroughs, the prototypical Sword and Planetromance. The star Antares, similar in brightness and hue to the planet Marsin the night sky, was given its name (meaning "like Mars") by early astronomers to compare it to and help distinguish it from the planet. Bulmer is signalling that his series is similar to that of his model.James Kaler, "Antares". http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/sow/antares.html Accessed 5/19/07.]
During Prescot's sojourn among the Savanti an offhand reference is made to the continent of Gah in Kregen's opposite hemisphere, whose distasteful customs are an obvious dig at another
sword and planetseries, the Gorseries of John Norman.
The Suns of Scorpio", the next book in this series.
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