Fifteen all-new tales through technological know-how fiction’s best skills, amassed by means 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 technology fiction’s maximum wonders didn't unavoidably lie some distance sooner or later or light-years around the galaxy yet have been to be chanced on immediately on a close-by global tantalizingly just like our own—a crimson planet that burned like an ember in our evening sky . . . and in our imaginations.
This new anthology of fifteen all-original technology fiction tales, edited by way of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of technological know-how Fiction, an period full of stories of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. earlier than the arrival of robust telescopes and area probes, our sunlight method may be imagined as teeming with unusual life-forms and historic civilizations—by no capacity regularly pleasant to the dominant species of Earth. And of the entire planets orbiting that G-class big name we name the sunlight, none used to be so steeped in an charisma of romantic decadence, exciting secret, and gung-ho experience as Mars.
sign up for such seminal participants 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 impressive unfashionable anthology that turns its again at the chilly, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and as a substitute embraces an older, extra welcoming, extra unique Mars: a planet of historic canals slicing via purple deserts studded with the ruined towns of loss of life races.
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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 through George R. R. Martin!
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