The Empress of Mars

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"The Empress of Mars"
Red Mars
The cover of the 2009 novel
Author Kage Baker
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novella
Published in Asimov's Science Fiction
Publication type Magazine
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.[1] The novella was expanded into a novel published in 2009.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The Empress of Mars is set in an alternate history in which Mars was colonised by the British Arean Company. The story follows Mary Griffith, a woman who owns the only bar on Mars, the titular Empress of Mars. After being let go as the xenobotanist for British Arean, she makes a new life for her and her daughters on Mars. The story charts the gradual development of the tiny colony into a self-sufficient city. A series of new settlers arrive on Mars over the course of events, each of whom ends up becoming pivotal in the establishment of a new service for the city. Mary and her allies must contend with interference by British Arean, resistance from various local collectives and a Neo-Pagan Ephesian Church.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The Locus Index to SF Awards
  2. ^ Baker, Kage (2009). The Empress of Mars. New York: Tor. ISBN 978-0-7653-1890-9. OCLC 263983936. 

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