book review: the empress of mars

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.

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