The Empress of Mars

The Empress of Mars 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 c

  • Title: The Empress of Mars
  • Author: Kage Baker
  • ISBN: 9780765318909
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, whoWhen 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.Based on the Hugo nominated novella of the same name, which forms about a third of this novel.

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    1. Effortless is perhaps the best word I can use to describe Kage Baker's prose. The act of reading Baker's work, too, is effortless. Her ideas are multilayered and challenging, her references sly and knowledgeable, but falling into her world and her vision takes no work whatsoever. She opens the door, and I'm there. I do admire and miss her singular talent.She had me at this early description: ""He had spent most of his adult life in Hospital and a good bit of his childhood, too, ever since (havin [...]

    2. This is one I'd missed since my prior reading of the series. Such rich stuff: a collection of misfits and eccentrics who boldly set out to terraform Mars find themselves in opposition to the corporation, BAC, who administers the colony, and which also tries to screw them over at every opportunity. Many of the colonists originally came up as employees with specialized skills, but then BAC dumped them with not enough money to pay their fare to earth or the moon.Our cast includes Mary, the plucky b [...]

    3. My first Kage Baker novel, and this is apparently a later entry in her "Company" series, but I found it stood alone just fine. The Empress of Mars is set in an alternate history, where Mars was settled by the British Arean Company, and then mostly left to dry up as unprofitable. A few hardscrabble settlers, emigrating to Mars for the usual reasons that misfits emigrate to backwater frontiers, or else abandoned by the Company when they were no longer useful, are now scratching out a living there. [...]

    4. Mary Griffith went to Mars as a biologist for the British Aerean Company, but when BAC pulled back from a full on push to terraform and colonize, she found herself out of work. Unfortunately, her severance package was only about half what she needed to cover a trip back to Earth.So she opened a bar, The Empress of Mars.The beer isn't great, but it's not just the best beer on Mars, but the only beer on Mars. She and her three daughters, along with a collection of similarly displaced people, earn [...]

    5. A corporate-funded attempt to settle Mars gets defunded after the settlers arrive, and the company isn't interested in spending the money it would take to get them back to Earth. Mary, once a company biologist with an interest in lichen, starts a pub and makes the best of things.This is a fairly light-hearted, mildly humorous novel. It took me a while to figure out what it reminded me of, which is Pratchett's Discworld stories: a cast of broadly-drawn characters, with the book taking diversions [...]

    6. I feel like I should say something like, "oh crap" here. I thought the synopsis of this book sounded good. it opened pretty well. We're in a universe where there seems to be a sort of resurgence of the British Empire into space fueled by private enterprise rather than government money.Sadly it went off the rails and became rather ludicrous. It took several science fiction/science fantasy main-stays and lumped them all into a kind of odd soup of silliness.I'm sure that everybody won't agree with [...]

    7. A beerily maniacal skiffy romp. A bunch of social misfits do what people do when they’re shipped off to colonize Mars: run a bar, have babies, and give the bureaucrats a serious fucking headache.The sort of cheerfully madcap book that has sentences like, “And that was the end of Marsha the cow,” and “’I’ll just go off and see an oppressive corporate monolithic evil entity about a dog, shall I?’” That really gives you all the flavor you need. There’s some other stuff about churc [...]

    8. Saw this is now in audiobook format and found it even more delightful to listen to.========Wanted something light and fun this reread is filling the bill. (Original review below.)========I read about half of the books in Baker's "The Company" series before I stopped caring about it. This book is only tangentially connected to that series and I honestly didn't recognize the two obvious Company characters who were included. It is an enjoyable "Western" romp on Mars as seen via Mary Griffith who r [...]

    9. This is a great novel-length adaptation of the original The Empress of Mars novella. Most of the book is set in "The Empress of Mars", the only bar on the young Mars colony. Mary Griffith barely manages to keep the bar solvent, helped by her three daughters and a number of outcasts (some of whom you'll be familiar with if you've read Baker's short story in The New Space Opera).Kage Baker really shows off her trademark wit and easy-flowing style in this funny and at times moving story. In the nov [...]

    10. Mary Griffith came to Mars to be a fancy-pants scientist, but when her research looked less than lucrative, the British Arean Company fired her, leaving her stranded on the desolate rock. Luckily, Mary had an indomitable spirit, three beautiful daughters, and knew how to make beer. These assets in hand, she rapidly became the proprietess of the most successful (and only) bar on Mars. But the rulers of Mars are less than pleased with her success, and she'll need every bit of her wit to surviveRea [...]

    11. I found myself in a bit of an odd spot recently. I was done with everything I needed to read on a deadline, but unwilling to purchase anything new until Audible had run its post-Thanksgiving sale, so I pulled out my list of unread audiobooks, and found this toward the bottom, purchased in the 2013 Audible post-Thanksgiving sale (I've now read 9/13, putting me at about 70% for 2013's sale, which percentage wise is better than 2014 at 2/3). It's too bad that I put this off for as long as I did. It [...]

    12. This is a glorious book, Baker at the top of her form. It is indeed a "rollicking" adventure, full of high-jinx and one-upmanship, but more than that it is an ode to the pioneering spirit in general and the Old West in particular. It is what Joss Whedon's Firefly was at its best, full of broadly-drawn but charismatic characters scrapping together the sort of life no longer allowed in more "civilized" parts of the galaxy. There is a gold rush of sorts, and a cattle stampede, and skeezy nefarious [...]

    13. This is a fun book, set in the universe of "The Company", but it works well as a standalone novel. It's an expansion of Baker's novella of the same name.The story takes place on Mars, obviously, in the 23rd century. There's a small group of bright, eccentric pioneers who more or less got stuck there when the corporation that sponsored the original settlement decided that Mars was an unprofitable venture. The remnants are scraping by, making the best of things, passing time, etc until a new disco [...]

    14. A science-fiction book about a human colony on Mars. There are no aliens. It was written in that kind of tongue-in-cheek sci-fi way. That means the characters were not fully fleshed out, more like eccentric caricatures made for our amusement. Of course, the hardships aren't too threatening and everything works out just fine for everyone in the end. You never feel like anyone is in real danger. Like a said, more a fun play than actual characters with actual dialogue and relationships.

    15. I liked this book although it could have ended a few pages earlier than it did. I was not surprised to discover that it had first been a novella as the book nearly has two ends. The first one deals with the main antagonist and the second just did not fit in my opinion. That being sad it did put a great spin on the settler tale by setting it on mars and drawing comparisons with the old west. It is a short story and I can recommend it for those who like Sci-Fi.

    16. I just love Kage Baker. Vivid, clear, inventive, with Dickensian characters and a twisty-turny plot. Could not put it down. There's a tiny hint of the world that most of her books have been set it, but it doesn't feel overwhelmed by those plots and themes; it stands entirely on its own without any need to know that stuff. Big thumbs up.

    17. Another stellar Kage Baker story. Her characters and scenarios are uniformly excellent and imaginative. In this case, the palace intrigue and human interactions of the varied and diverse people involved in this tale of Martian colonization and erstwhile Terraforming efforts is fascinating and worthy of a read by anyone, irrespective of their genre preferences.

    18. This book was apparently adapted from a novella, so that explains the kind of herky-jerky feel it has. Although not Kage Baker's best book ever, it's still pretty darn good -- outstanding writing, unusual characters, and exciting happenings.

    19. Substantially expands and improves the novella. The characters are strong enough for this story of the founding of Mars Two to be a stand alone. Those who have read The Company series will know the colony's fate, which gives the novel a sad weight that I imagine it lacks for newcomers.

    20. Baker always exceeds my expectations. Her books are clever, funny, and full of heart. Thoroughly enjoyable. I can't wait to read the rest of the books set in this world.

    21. Barely a 3. I expected to like this a lot more than I did. I just could not get interested in it until midway and probably would have quit sooner if I had not been reading it for my SF group. The novel was created from a novella that won the Theodore Sturgeon award and was nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula, so maybe it was better in the shorter form . The characters were quirky misfits pioneering the settlement of Mars and trying to keep from being oppressed by bad big business and a weird [...]

    22. Kage Baker is so goddamn consistent in her awesomeness. I've read books by her that were set in Elizabethan England, uncolonized California and now Mars and each setting has been so well realized and tonally different that it's hard to believe the same person wrote them. If you have any interest in history or science fiction, I highly recommend giving her a chance.

    23. I'm not a regular science fiction reader, but I found this book charming - and I don't think that's a word I've ever used about sci-fi literature in the past. With a feisty middle aged bar-owning heroine, there's a wild west feel to it but with a distinctly feminist feel to it. A truly imaginative piece of story telling.

    24. A 'proper hard-SF' novel by the wonderful Kage Baker.Though is very loosely connected to the Company-series by one implied event (and one minor character) it can be read as a standalone novel - and should be read by anyone who likes novels that take place on Mars. I found it very credible and atmospherically outstanding.Highly recommended.

    25. Hilarious and fun. The narrator for the audiobook did a fantastic job for all the characters and their varied accents. The only drawback is that everything always seems to work out for the good guys fairly easily so while it's fun, I never got really invested into what was going to happen. It's a great light, happy read though. I'll definitely check out the rest of Kage Baker's work.

    26. Light and fluffy, mildly entertaining, fails to live up to the potential of its characters and setting.

    27. There are some books you can just sink into, and this is one of them. I read the whole thing in one evening. This is my first novel by Kage Baker and definitely not my last.

    28. Something rather miraculous happened. Last week, I checked out a book from the library by one of my favorite authors. I didn't recognize the title nor the description, and happily thought I had found a book of hers I hadn't read yet. So I took it home, put it on the dining room table and waited gleefully for the weekend when I could settle down in my jammies with a nice glass of something and my cat wedged into the chair beside me with this book. Only to discover, one chapter in, that I HAD alre [...]

    29. This was supposed to be another Company book by Kage Baker, but I really wasn't sure who the company was. I don't think it was the British Arean Company. I had a guess near the end, but it was still unclear.Having said that, this was a good old story about pioneers trying to make their way in the harsh world of the unknown, except it happened to be on Mars. I loved the characters and the general story of regular people fighting against the entrenched, corrupt interests.The British Arean Company [...]

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