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The Empress of Mars (The Company) by Kage Baker
Cover Artist: Paul Youll
Review by Sam Lubell
Tor Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318909
Date: 12 May 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Sometimes you are in the mood for a gourmet meal and a fine wine, other times call for a burger and a beer. Kage Baker's The Empress of Mars is the latter. It's the story of a few brave independent pioneers of Mars against the evil shortsighted corporation that owns the planet. At the same time, it is about a bar, the Empress of Mars, and the woman who owns it, the one everyone calls mother. There's little pretense of plausibility, let alone hard science, but there's lots of adventure and colorful characters. It is a fun read, but not deep.

From official release/information:

Product Description: When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. 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 on Mars.

This is the story of Mary Griffith, a determined woman with three daughters, 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, all of whom contribute to the downfall of the BAC and the founding of a new world. But Mary and her struggles and triumphs is at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.

(Source: Tor)

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