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Old Mars


3.60  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Fifteen all-new stories by science fiction’s top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award winning editor Gardner Dozois

Burroughs’s A Princess of Mars. Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein’s Red Planet. These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction’s greatest wonders did not necessaril
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Bantam Books
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent collection of new "old style" SF adventure set on Mars. The Mars featured here is not the Mars of our current reality but that of myth, a world of red deserts, thin air, and exotic races and settings. Some beautiful writing and settings in this. I didn't find a single clunker in the bunch of tales, although certainly I had some favorites: The Ugly Duckling, The Wreck of the Mars Adventure, Swords of Zar-tu-kan, Out of Scarlight. All of the tales were fun, though. Highly recommen ...more
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Martian Blood by Allen M Steele
There is life on Mars. We invade. I liked this story

The Ugly duckling by Matthew Hughes
A good story about an archaeologist on duh, Mars.

The wreck of the Mars Adventure by David D Levine
Captain Kidd takes his ship and sails to mars. Yes, that was one for the imagination.

Swords of Zar-tu-kan by S.M.Stirling
A kidnapping. A rather meh story.

Shoals by Mary Rosenblum
It started off a bit boring, but then the Martians came and it turned good.

In the tombs of the Martian Kin
Metodi Markov
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, linz, favorites
Много приятен подбор на разкази свързани с Марс.

Издържани в духа на Бъроуз и Бредбъри, те ни пренасят на една древна магическа планета, люлка на стари и загадъчни цивилизации.

Най ми допаднаха двата приратски разказа - чудесен микс от идеи се е получил.

Paulo Vinicius Figueiredo dos Santos
Aqui está a resenha dos 9 primeiros contos. Não dá para colocar todos por aqui. Mas, as demais resenhas estão disponíveis no Ficções Humanas.

1 - Sangue Marciano (Alan Steele) - 4 estrelas

As histórias de John Carter se tornaram muito famosas nos EUA. As explorações nos rios de Marte, os combates contra jeddaks, contra tiranos e até líderes de seitas levavam os americanos à loucura nas décadas de 1920 e 1930. Até os dias de hoje vemos reflexos da obra de Edgar Rice Burroughs nos livros de muitos
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the romantics out there, this is a return to Ray Bradbury's Mars. What if there were canals on Mars and old civilizations. The editors invited a number of writers to author shot stories based on this theme. I found out it a great read.
Bob Milne
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Old Mars is a deliberately retro style pulp sci-fi anthology, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois. This is a collection that gleefully turns its back on things like Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and the rest of the Mars rovers to revisit a time when the canals of Mars were full of the promise of alien civilization.

The Ugly Duckling by Matthew Hughes was a fascinating story about a covert sort of archaeological expedition to Mars, complete with a little social commentary about ob
Бранимир Събев
3,5/5. Добър сборник, допадна ми, макар като го четях да имах чувството, че нещичко му липсва, нещо за да е супер, нещо във всеки разказа, ала какво... не мога да определя точно.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
One word: Disappointment. Why? Because most stories in this book (with the exception of one or two) are just average.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Old Mars is an anthology of short science fiction stories based about Mars. All of the stories are very enjoyable and some of them we quite riveting. Giving us a quick view into each author's style of writing and wetting our appetites, hopefully, for more to come. Below is an extremely brief synopsis of each short story contained in Old Mars

Introduction by George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin gives a detailed but intriguing history on the exploration of Mars, fact and fiction, as well as the h
Alex Sarll
An anthology of stories set on versions of the Mars we used to think was out there until the Mariner probes brought back the tedious truth. I say 'we' - for as long as I've been alive, it's been known that our nearest neighbour was beige and barren. I've never even read Edgar Rice Burroughs (though I thought the John Carter film was much better than report and Hollywood politics admitted). And yet George RR Martin's introduction, 'Red Planet Blues', still brought a tear to my eye as he reminded ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I have to say, for the most part, this book was a disappointment. It gets three stars as an average between the stories I loved (Martian Blood, In the Tombs of the Martian Kings, The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls, The Lost Canal, and The Queen of the Night's Aria) and the ones that I despised (particularly The Wreck of the Mars Adventure and Mariner -- honestly, I dislike naval stories). There were others that were simply lackluster and a little boring.

Despite that, I'm happy to have read the collecti
Ана Хелс
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Кой не знае дядо Мартина, дето ни залъгва от няколко десетилетия, че ще дойдат проклетите дракони и ще оправят цялата работа с ледените зомбита и злобните вестеровци, които от утробата на майките си се учат на великото изкуство Пре***и другарче. И Гарднър Дозоа ще ви е познат, ако си падате по компилации от задокеански разкази на фантасмагорични теми, особено в екип с белобрадия сериен убиец на любими книжни персонажи. И ето, че има техен сай-фай сборник и на български, след доста добрата, макар ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-adventure

Uma coletânea com altos e baixos. Muitas das histórias são À la John Carter, personagem criado por Edgar Rice Burroughs em 1912, ou seja, fantasia ao invés de SciFi..

"Sangue Marciano", de Allen M. Steele *****
O Dr. Al-Baz quer perfazer o levantamento do genoma marciano (Homo artesian, shatan) e compará-lo com o dos terráqueos (Homo sapiens, nashatan). O que Ramsey, o guia, faria se as consequências forem desastrosas ?

"O patinho Feio", de Matthew Hughes *****
Muito bem engendrado conto sobre um ar
I really enjoyed this collection of stories set in "Old Mars" - the consensus Mars of space opera and pulp fiction, rather than the Mars that our probes and robotic rovers have brought us. It is tellingly dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leigh Brackett, Catherine Moore, Ray Bradbury, and Roger Zelazny (of these, the only one I have not read at this point is Catherine Moore). The stories in this collection:

* "Martian Blood" by Allen M. Steel, with a guide to aboriginal Martians (who seem rathe
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mars

GRR Martin put together an anthology of short stories written in the style of pre-Viking Lander. Stories about Mars back when we thought the planet might hold ancient cities, an intelligent civilization, jungles and beasts, and, overall, offer up a new frontier for us to trample on that would provide adventures, riches, and, most importantly, a breathable atmosphere.

However, Martin didn’t just demand: “Bring me some old school pulp and a roast chicken leg!” – he asked for updates on the genre.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hit and miss like most other short story collections. For me the highlights were Matthew Hughes' "The Ugly Duckling" - an Archaeologist slumming with a mining company goes native- and the high seas adventures "The Wreck of Mars Adventure" and "A Man Without Honor" by David D. Levine and James S.A. Corey respectively. I did enjoy most of the other stories as well but there are no Great surprises here, all the writers have been doing solid work for a long time already.
Jyoti Dahiya
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What if Mars really had canals and Martians?

Long review coming up, story by story.

As George RR Martin says in the introduction, this is the 'old' Mars, the one in the imaginations of Percival Lowell, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury. The Mars with ancient canals so wide they are visible from Earth. Not the real Mars of barren lands and atmospheres thinner than ghosts. Short stories to evoke that utterly fictional Mars.

Let me go story by story. But to start with, I was greatly disappointed.
Robert Morganbesser

The best story in this anthology, the absolute best is The Ugly Duckling. Harking back to Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, indeed good enough to be part of that storied book, this is the cream of an uneven crop.
Петър Панчев
Марс от фантазията на класиците е възроден:
Цялото ревю тук:

Марс съвсем не е била планетата, която знаем сега - пуста и безжизнена, без и най-малката следа от живот (за момента е така). Към днешна дата десетки безпилотни апарати са изследвали Червената планета, ровейки из пясъците, без да успеят да намерят дори една бактерия, пък макар и фосилизирана. Все по-усъвършенствани мобилни лаборатории облъчват с лазери взетите проби и връщат назад лентата на исто
Johan Haneveld
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Maybe a smidgen more than three stars and for the most part at least entertaining, as with all anthologies (or most at least) this turned out te be a bit of a mixed bag. At least it was for me. I thought I would love it, to be honest, but that was because of a lack of self-knowledge on my part. A more honest self-evaluation showed me that I am a) not familiar with the genre this collection is harking back to, i.e. that of planetary romance and b) not that much of a fan of the larger than life he ...more
Христо Блажев
Имало едно време една планета на име Марс, цял един свят на червени пясъци, канали и безкрайни приключения…:

В последната седмица малкото свободно време поделих между Марс и Отвъдие (“Острието на Тишал” на Стоувър) и не съжалих нито за момент за това криволичене между двете толкова различни вселени. За продължението на “Героите умират” ще пиша скоро, имам още от него, а сега ще се спра на “Старият Марс”, сборник ретро-фантастични разкази под редакцията на
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Old Mars is a wonderfully nostalgic Short-story collection about Mars and its exploration in the human experience BEFORE the discoveries of the 1970's. Thus you will find included romantic tales of Mars according to the canon of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stanley G. Weinbaum, George Orwell,Leigh Brackett, Catherine Moore, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny et al. who envisioned a Mars with ancient alien civilizations, more atmosphere than actually exists, warmer temperatures than actually ex ...more
B.  Barron
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
MARTIAN BLOOD, by Allen M. Steele - ***
THE UGLY DUCKLING, by Matthew Hughes - ***
SWORDS OF ZAR-TU-KAN, by S.M. Stirling - ***
SHOALS, by Mary Rosenblum - ***
OUT OF SCARLIGHT, by Liz Williams - ** (Felt more Fantasy or Weird West)
THE DEAD SEA-BOTTOM SCROLLS, by Howard Waldrop - ***
A MAN WITHOUT HONOR, by James S.A. Corey - ** (Meh!)
WRITTEN IN DUST, by Melinda Snodgrass - **** (Excellen
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
A collection of stories based on the old ideas of Mars. The ERB's version of Mars and some of the stories hit the mark square on. In fact a few of them have people travel to Mars using ways that have a nod to John Carter. The collection had that pulpy feel to it and it was a lot of fun to read. Some great stories in here and some ok ones but not a single clunker in the collection at all. I won't be surprised if a story from the collection gets some critical nods but I doubt it will be one of my ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
Old Mars Review

TL;DR: If you want Old Mars short stories, this book is NOT for you.

I went into reading Old Mars excited. I am a massive fan of Victorian science fiction, Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom and similar swords and planet works. I read Songs of the Dying Earth which is a similar short story compilation curated by George RR Martin and was excited for something in a similarly dead genre of fiction.

I was disappointed. The first story wasn't a winner, which they can't all be but I found it o
Özgür Tacer
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Trigger Warning: this is not your average sci-fi story compilation. Well, the stories are average, but that's not the point. As hinted in the title, this compilation is a tribute to the golden age of science fiction, in which the stories are mostly about space explorers, mad scientists, bug-eyed monsters, ancient civilizations on Mars and so forth.

The problem with this one is denying the fact that unlike many sub-genres of literature, science fiction has a temporal character; meaning that it sub
Doug Lewars
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** Possible Spoilers ***

These short stories are a nod to the era of pulp sci-fi. In those times it was quite common for authors to chose Mars as a setting for their story. Then science determined that Mars was a lifeless desert and authors chose other venues for their work. But fiction is fiction and this set of authors decided to have some fun with the red planet once again and the produced a number of excellent stories that are fun to read. Martians come in all shapes and sizes. Many are cool
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of the stories are quite good, but the weaker stories feel repetitive for using the same setting without too creative reinventions, especially after having read the Mars Chronicles by Ray Bradbury that basically already contains many classic tropes of Mars lore.
Having a bit of knowledge about story writing techniques sometimes the twists weren't too surprising.
Sometimes the Mars was a more fantastic one, other times it was still kind of sciency despite the "Old Mars" theme, which was less "
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, ebooks, fantasy
Lots of fun, especially the stories where the author seems to have gone full-throttle. As usual in anthologies, some stories worked better than others. (I found myself skimming some.) Some I really enjoyed: "Out of Scarlight" (Liz Williams), "The Queen of the Night's Aria" (Ian McDonald), "The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls" (Howard Waldrop), "A Man Without Honor" (James S. A. Corey); "The Wreck of the Mars Adventure" (David Levine) is just delightful.
Lee Belbin
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
As one would expect, this was a mixed bag of short stories about mars. Some interesting ideas mixed with some decisedly odd ones such as pirates on boats sailing across the sand. I have a special distaste for SF that reverts to historical earth. A number of stories fitted this template. Three stars was generous. For a short read in the loo, this will be handy.
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George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,

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