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Fifteen all-new tales by means of technology fiction's most sensible abilities, amassed through bestselling writer George R. R. Martin and multiple-award successful editor Gardner Dozois

Burroughs's A Princess of Mars. Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein's Red Planet. those and such a lot of extra encouraged generations of readers with a feeling that technological know-how fiction's maximum wonders didn't inevitably lie some distance sooner or later or light-years around the galaxy yet have been to be stumbled on without delay on a close-by global tantalizingly just like our own--a crimson planet that burned like an ember in our evening sky . . . and in our imaginations.

This new anthology of fifteen all-original technology fiction tales, edited by way of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of technological know-how Fiction, an period jam-packed with stories of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. ahead of the arrival of strong telescopes and area probes, our sun method can be imagined as teeming with unusual life-forms and historical civilizations—by no capability continually pleasant to the dominant species of Earth. And of the entire planets orbiting that G-class megastar we name the solar, none was once so steeped in an charisma of romantic decadence, exciting secret, and gung-ho experience as Mars.

Join such seminal members as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S. M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S. A. Corey, and others during this marvelous unfashionable anthology that turns its again at the chilly, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and as a substitute embraces an older, extra welcoming, extra unique Mars: a planet of old canals slicing via purple deserts studded with the ruined towns of loss of life races.

FEATURING ALL-NEW tales BY

James S. A. Corey • Phyllis Eisenstein • Matthew Hughes • Joe R. Lansdale • David D. Levine • Ian McDonald • Michael Moorcock • Mike Resnick • Chris Roberson • Mary Rosenblum • Melinda Snodgrass • Allen M. Steele • S. M. Stirling • Howard Waldrop • Liz Williams

And an advent by way of George R. R. Martin!

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When I grabbed the rope ladder and looked back, she tried to say good-bye but gave up and merely nodded one last time. The launch headed back to the wharf. Again and again Eikichi waved the hunting cap I had just given him. As the launch receded in the distance, the dancing girl began to wave something white. The steamship left Shimoda. 1 leaned against the rail­ ing and gazed at Oshima in the offing until the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula vanished behind me. It already seemed long ago that I parted from the dancing girl.

Our second baby was born prematurely, on the road. It lived just a week. My wife still hasn’t recovered her full health. The older woman is her mother. ” “So the fourteen-year-old sister you told me about is? “She’s the one. ” Then he told me his name was Eikichi, his wife’s was Chiyoko, and his sister’s was Kaoru. The other girl, Yuriko, seventeen years old, was the only native of Oshima. She was employed by them. Eikichi stared down at the river shallows. He became sentimental and appeared to be on the brink of tears.

If it’s all impossible, I might as well fall in a pond and die. ” 1 grieved in my heart. 1 did not smile but made a pained expression as 1 copied down each word. Omiyo’s laughing stopped. She listened, her cheek resting on her hand. “I had first thought I’d go to Tokyo, and now I have ended up like this. Everything has gotten in the way. Hail Amida Buddha. Hail Amida Buddha. If it’s all impossible, then I’d rather fall into a pond and die. I just don’t have what it takes. Hail Amida Buddha. Hail Amida Buddha.

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