The Empress of Mars

The Empress of Mars

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When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers. Outcasts, misfits, and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet?only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn?t turn a profit. This is the story of Mary Griffith, who opened the only place to buy a beer on the Tharsis Bulge. It?s the story of Manco Inca, whose attempt to terraform Mars brought a new goddess vividly to life; of Stanford Crosley, con man extraordinaire; of Ottorino Vespucci, space cowboy and romantic hero; of the Clan Morrigan; of the denizens of the Martian Motel, and of the machinations of another Company entirely. Mary and her struggles and triumphs are at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st trade pbk
ISBN: 9780765325518
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 24 cm


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SCL_Justin Jul 23, 2017

I loved Kage Baker’s The Empress of Mars. It’s about a bunch of plucky frontier-people who’ve been abandoned by the British Ares Company on Mars to figure their own shit out since Mars is obviously not profitable. It’s a story of building community and fighting off higher powers, and the importance of beer and having a good lawyer.

These kinds of Mars as the frontier stories (see Ian McDonald’s Desolation Road for my absolute favourite) are really enjoyable to me. There’s a character in this story who’s filled with romantic ideals of cowboys and I feel pretty much exactly the same as him, but with spacesuits instead of horses.

Sep 11, 2016

Read this two and a half years ago and I'm still mulling it over and chuckling from time to time. Very creative stuff. So glad I read this book. Kind of reminded me of how I felt back in middle school when I first read Ray Bradbury's stuff. Similar in style and interest. Novel ideas, with a strong female central character. Space pioneering at its best.

Aug 04, 2016


Aug 15, 2015

Loved this book! New favorite author, so sad we've already lost her. Wish the library had more of her books - I'd read them all!

erysimum Dec 09, 2009

The Empress of Mars is not a person it's a bar- the only place to buy alcohol on Mars. This book is less of a space opera and more of a western-small-town-takes-on-the-evil-railroad-corporation book in space. The characters are all unique (scientists turned bartenders, Italian playboys with a love of spaghetti westerns, ice truckers), and the customs the locals all stranded on Mars have come up with are really... Martian. All this, and an evil corporation you love to hate!


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