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Fifteen all-new tales by way of technology fiction’s most sensible skills, amassed by way of bestselling writer George R. R. Martin and multiple-award profitable editor Gardner Dozois
Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars. Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein’s Red Planet. those and such a lot of extra encouraged generations of readers with a feeling that technological know-how fiction’s maximum wonders didn't inevitably lie a ways sooner or later or light-years around the galaxy yet have been to be came upon without delay on a close-by global tantalizingly just like our own—a pink planet that burned like an ember in our evening sky . . . and in our imaginations.
This new anthology of fifteen all-original technological know-how fiction tales, edited through George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of technological know-how Fiction, an period choked with stories of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. sooner than the appearance of strong telescopes and house probes, our sunlight process may be imagined as teeming with unusual life-forms and historical civilizations—by no potential continuously pleasant to the dominant species of Earth. And of all of the planets orbiting that G-class famous person we name the sunlight, none was once so steeped in an air of mystery of romantic decadence, exciting secret, and gung-ho event as Mars.
subscribe to such seminal individuals as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S. M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S. A. Corey, and others during this magnificent unfashionable anthology that turns its again at the chilly, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and as an alternative embraces an older, extra welcoming, extra unique Mars: a planet of historic canals slicing via pink deserts studded with the ruined towns of death races.
James S. A. Corey • Phyllis Eisenstein • Matthew Hughes • Joe R. Lansdale • David D. Levine • Ian McDonald • Michael Moorcock • Mike Resnick • Chris Roberson • Mary Rosenblum • Melinda Snodgrass • Allen M. Steele • S. M. Stirling • Howard Waldrop • Liz Williams
And an advent via George R. R. Martin!

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He held an embroidered handkerchief to his nostril, doubtless soaked in vinegar to wrestle the prison’s stench. “To what do I owe the privilege, m’lord? ” Kidd rasped, covering his terror with ironic courtesy. the guy driven again his hood. “Surely an investor will pay a trip to his patron? ” For a second, Kidd didn't realize the face, with its proud black eyes and its demanding, humped beak of a nostril. Then he gasped and ducked his head. notwithstanding they’d by no means earlier than met in individual, he’d visible that face in profile on one thousand cash. “Your Majesty,” he whispered, although chilly anger burned underneath his ribs. William III, King of britain and eire, additionally William II of Scotland, positioned the vinegar-soaked fabric back underneath his nostril. “My time this is short,” he acknowledged, his voice muffled. “Even males as deeply silly as my liked advisers can't be counted upon to overlook my absence for lengthy. So i have to come on to the purpose. ” He drew the material apart, his darkish eyes solving Kidd’s. “I am right here to supply you a pardon. ” at the beginning, Kidd might shape no answer. absolutely this used to be just a dream? Or a merciless jape, meant purely to deepen his pain? wish warred with anger and disbelief in his breast. “Your Majesty? ” he controlled. “You heard me,” the king snapped. “I will spare your filthy, piratical neck from the noose my Parliament has woven for you out of your personal ill-considered phrases. ” Kidd matched the king’s point stare. “I yet spoke the reality. ” “The fact is not anything opposed to politics! And have been it now not for politics, I’d by no means locate myself the following during this stinking rathole with you. ” The king sighed. “You are problematical, Kidd. You and that i either recognize you're no pirate, yet my advisers might see you swing for the wear you’ve performed your backers’ popularity. And along with your impetuous bravado and your damned honesty, you’ve made such a lot of enemies i may by no means protect you in public with out wasting the entire Whig celebration. yet for all of your faults, and for all of the tales your enemies have unfold approximately you, you’re too strong a captain to waste at the gibbet. So, back, i've got come to supply a pardon. ” A small unusual smile performed upon his lips. “But when you settle for this pardon, you may be required to adopt a definite cost for me. in case you pay attention the cost, and the stipulations, you could desire to decline this supply of clemency. ” “What cost and conditions,” Kidd knotted up via gritted enamel, “could make a guy esteem the hangman’s noose above a king’s pardon? ” Infuriatingly, the smile broadened. “I wish that you simply plan, outfit, equip, group, and perform an day trip to the planet Mars. ” Rage flared in Kidd on the king’s callous jest, yet he held his tongue; he didn't even enable the contempt he felt to teach on his face. This prudence used to be a brand new factor for Kidd. Even 365 days in the past, freshly detained on fake and libelous fees, he could have railed and spat and fought at this kind of ridiculous moderate. yet capricious imprisonment had taught him warning. He paused and gave due attention to the phrases of a king—a king now not recognized for levity or madness.

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