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.