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John Norman

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Born June 3, 1931
Occupation Author

John Norman is the pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. (1931), a controversial, reactionary philosopher and Utopian/soft science fiction novelist best known for his "Chronicles of Gor[wp]" series and its male dominant/female submissive BDSM content (though most of the original Gor book series was published before the modern BDSM movement coalesced, and Norman has not been influenced by it). Lange holds a PhD in Philosophy from Princeton University and was a philosophy professor at Queens College of the City University of New York before retirement. Followers of Norman's philosophy are termed Goreans.[1]


According to Norman, his Gor books are science fiction[wp] or adventure fantasy works which are also "intellectual, philosophical, and psychological novels".[2] His fiction depicts fantastic worlds where male-dominated bondage relationships are natural and widely practicized and respected culturally, whereas characteristics of modern society are criticized and philosophical themes are explored, specially from a Nietzschean[wp] view.

Although the bondage in his Imaginative Sex[wp] guide is directed to sexual practices, the bondage and slavery presented on "Gor" follows along the lines of societal or legal slavery; a common way of life as reflected in ancient Rome and other societies. While the philosophy presented is unquestionably that of male dominance, male characters are themselves often enslaved by powerful females. In an interview[3] with Polygraff magazine, Norman stated that he believes that it is obvious that all societies are based on dominance and hierarchy[wp].

His non-fiction works cover philosophy[wp], ethics[wp] and historiography[wp].

Gorean subculture

A fandom[wp] based on his Gor novels, known as the Gorean subculture, has developed and assembled on the Internet and in real life,[4][5] without Lange's participation or cooperation. Scholars have discussed the way that Gorean subculture groups on mediums such as Second Life[wp] and Internet Relay Chat[wp] have influenced the development of online role-playing and even the MMORPG[wp] genre.[4]



Gor series

  1. Tarnsman of Gor (1966) 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 0-7592-5445-1
  5. Assassin of Gor (1970) ISBN 0-7592-0091-2
  6. Raiders of Gor (1971) ISBN 0-7592-0153-6
  7. Captive of Gor (1972) ISBN 0-7592-0105-6
  8. Hunters of Gor (1974) ISBN 0-7592-0130-7
  9. Marauders of Gor (1975) ISBN 0-7592-0141-2
  10. Tribesmen of Gor (1976) ISBN 0-7592-5446-X
  11. Slave Girl of Gor[ext] (1977) ISBN 0-7592-0454-3
  12. Beasts of Gor (1978) ISBN 0-7592-1125-6
  13. Explorers of Gor (1979) ISBN 0-7592-1167-1
  14. Fighting Slave of Gor (1980) ISBN 0-7592-1173-6
  15. Rogue of Gor (1981) ISBN 0-7592-1179-5
  16. Guardsman of Gor (1981) ISBN 0-7592-1368-2
  17. Savages of Gor (1982) ISBN 0-7592-1374-7
  18. Blood Brothers of Gor (1982) ISBN 0-7592-1380-1
  19. Kajira of Gor[ext] (1983) ISBN 0-7592-1926-5
  20. Players of Gor (1984) ISBN 0-7592-1932-X
  21. Mercenaries of Gor (1985) ISBN 0-7592-1944-3
  22. Title missed![ext] (1985) ISBN 0-7592-1950-8
  23. Renegades of Gor (1986) ISBN 0-7592-1956-7
  24. Vagabonds of Gor (1987) ISBN 0-7592-1980-X
  25. Magicians of Gor (1988) ISBN 0-7592-1986-9
  26. Witness of Gor (2001) ISBN 0-7592-4235-6
  27. Prize of Gor (2008) ISBN 0-7592-4580-0
  28. Kur of Gor (2009) ISBN 0-7592-9782-7
  29. Swordsmen of Gor (2010) ISBN 1-6175-6040-5
  30. Mariners of Gor (2011) ISBN 0-7592-9989-7
  31. Conspirators of Gor (2012) ISBN 1-6175-6731-0
  32. Smugglers of Gor (Oct 2012) ISBN 1-6175-6865-1
  33. Rebels of Gor (Oct 2013) ISBN 1-6175-6123-1
  34. Plunder of Gor (June 2016) ISBN 1-5040-3406-6

Telnarian Histories series

  1. The Chieftain (1991) ISBN 1-58586-717-9
  2. The Captain (1992) ISBN 1-58586-721-7
  3. The King (1993) ISBN 1-58586-725-X
  4. The Usurper (2015) ISBN 978-1497679269

Other novels

  • Ghost Dance[wp] (1970) ISBN 0-7592-9774-6
  • Time Slave[wp] (1975) ISBN 0-7592-9778-9
  • The Totems of Abydos (2012) ISBN 1-61756-476-1

Short-story collections

  • Norman Invasions (2009) ISBN 0-7592-9577-8


  • Values and Imperatives: Studies in Ethics. (1969) [as John Lange, ed.; written by C. I. Lewis[wp]] ISBN 0-8047-0687-5
  • The Cognitivity Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Claims of Philosophy (1970) [as John Lange] ISBN 0-691-07159-4
  • Imaginative Sex[wp] (1974) ISBN 0-7592-1728-9
  • The Philosophy of Historiography (2010) [as John Lange] ISBN 1-61756-130-4
  • Philosophy and the Challenge of the Future (2012) [as John Lange] ISBN 1-61756-733-7


  1. Wipipedia: John Norman
  2. John Norman, the philosophy professor who created the barbaric world of Gor iO9, March 22, 2011
  3. Polygraff Staff (2010), "An Exclusive Interview With John Norman, Author of the Gor Series of Novels.", Polygraff, Montreal: Polymancer Studios, Inc., 1 (2), pp. 47-53, ISSN 1918-655X, retrieved 2010-12-15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jøn, A. Asbjørn (2010). "The Development of MMORPG Culture and The Guild". Australian Folklore: A Yearly Journal of Folklore Studies. University of New England (25): 97-112
  5. Officers discover sex-slave cult, BBC

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