The Empress of Mars
|"The Empress of Mars"|
|Genre(s)||Science fiction novella|
|Published in||Asimov's Science Fiction|
|Publication date||July 2003|
"The Empress of Mars" is a science fiction novella published in 2003 by Kage Baker. It won the 2004 Sturgeon Award and was nominated for the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Novella as well as the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novella. The novella was expanded into a novel published in 2009.
The story follows Mary, a woman who owns the only bar on Mars. After being let go as the xenobotanist for an alternate history British Arean Company, she and a few loyal supporters work very hard to create not only a bar, but a business empire that deals in everything from barley to diamonds.
- Text of the novella at the Asimov's website