What is Gor?
What does it mean to be Gorean?
The answers to these questions have been endlessly debated and still there is confusion and disagreement.There are many answers to these questions,some simple and some complex.The answers will also vary based on your own perceptions and viewpoints.In different contexts,your definition may also vary.The anwers are important to anyone who truly desires to understand Gor,live according to the Gorean philsophies,or role-play by the books.Im not going to try to provide defintive answers in this essay.I am only going to provide an overview and some guidance to the relevant issues surrounding the answers to these questions.
The simple answer is that Gor,also known as the Counter-Earth,is a fictitious planet that is supposed to be in the same orbit as Earth,but on the opposite side of the Sun.Thus a Gorean is simple a person born in the world of Gor.Gor is a barbaric world,ruled by steel and concerned with honor.It is primarily a male dominated world where slavery is an ancient and universally accepted institution. The overseers of Gor,the Priest-Kings,are technologically advanced aliens who monitor and protect Gor.The Priest-Kings have transported numerous people from Earth to Gor over a period of thousands of years.They have also restricted Goreans from using many forms of technology even surpasses that of Earth.For example,Gorean Physicains have created the Stabilization Serums,a cure for aging.Such a cure would be priceless on Earth.
But usually when someone online says that they are Gorean,or are acting Gorean, they do not mean that they were actually born on Gor.They are basically stating that they are acting as a person would act who was born on Gor,that they are acting within the customs and conventions of Gorean culture and society.Some of these Goreans may only engage in role-play.Some may introduce elements of Gor into their lifestyle.And some may even do both.And their definitions of what it means to be Gorean will differ,sometimes drastically.
The world of Gor is detailed in a series of books written by John Norman.Norman is a pseudonym for John Lange, a university profesor,who currently lives in New York.Additional books may eventually be published in this science-fiction series.The series includes the followed books.
1.Tarnsman of Gor 2.Outlaw of Gor 3.Priest-Kings of Gor 4.Nomads of Gor 5.Assassin of Gor 6.Raiders of Gor 7.Captive of Gor 8.Hunters of Gor 9.Marauders of Gor 10.Tribesmen of Gor 11.Slavegirl of Gor 12.Beasts of Gor 13.Explorers of Gor 14.Fighting of Gor 15.Roque of Gor 16.Guardsman of Gor 17.Savages of Gor 18.Blood brothers of Gor 19.Kajira of Gor 20.Players of Gor 21.Mercenaries of Gor 22.Dancer of Gor 23.Renegades of Gor 24.Vagebonds of Gor 25.Magicians of Gor 26.Witness of Gor 27.Prize of Gor
28.Kur of Gor 29.Swordsmen of Gor 30.Mariners of Gor 31.Conspirators of Gor
32.Smugglers of Gor
33.Rebels of Gor
Most of the books can be fond on Amazon.