"The Gods of Mars" was first published in the pulp magazine "All-Story" as a five-part serial, January-May 1913, then published as a complete novel by A. C. McClurg, September, 1918. At the end of the first book, "A Princess of Mars', 'John Carter' is unwillingly transported back to Earth. "...'The Gods of Mars' begins with Carter's arrival back on 'Barsoom' (Mars) after a ten-year separation from his wife 'Dejah Thoris', his unborn child and the 'Red Martian' people of the nation of 'Helium'.
"Unfortunately, Carter materializes in the one place on Barsoom from which nobody is allowed to depart: the 'Valley Dor', aka the 'Barsoomian' afterlife.
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