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The Empress of Mars: A Novella

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  186 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
"There were three Empresses of Mars. The first one was a bar at the Settlement. The second was the lady who ran the bar; though her title was strictly informal, having been bestowed on her by the regular customers, and her domain extended no further than the pleasantly gloomy walls of the only place you could get beer on the Tharsis Bulge. The third one was the Queen of En ...more
Hardcover, Novella, 110 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Night Shade Books
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Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This book is the epitome of why I love novellas! It is imaginative, cheeky, fast-paced and more daring than any self-respecting full length book could be! Please find the time to read it. I promise you'll fall head over heels in love with Mary, Empress of Mars!
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: night_shade-own
This was an edition of 500 copies.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A quirky look at the perseverance of the human spirit when faced with the hardships of life on Mars. Highly skilled scientists and technicians find a way to eke out a living on the planet that they have come to call home while establishing a society among the misfits that have been brought in as settlers and battling the unfeeling bureaucracy that has abandoned all of them in the name of profit. Replete with oddly appealing characters and imaginative solutions to age-old problems, The Empress of ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm aware Ms Baker expanded this novella into a full fledged novel, but it's been ages since I read a short form fiction piece, so I wanted to check out the original, shorter version first.

I learned of its existence from a Doctor Who trivia article (about an episode of the same title, which, nevertheless has nothing to do with this novella), and thought it sounded pretty interesting.

And indeed, it was! Very enjoyable.
I liked its tone which was somewhat...humorous, but without being "quirky".

I us
Shaun Duke
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Empress of Mars is most certainly an experiment in expectations. Having read Baker's The House of the Stag (and loving it, by the way), and being wholly unfamiliar with her Company novels, I had expected The Empress of Mars to be another adventurous, incredibly internalized story, only with spaceships and other science fiction furniture instead of magic and half-demons. Only, that's not what I got. Instead, The Empress of Mars provided me with more of Baker's ability to craft character and a ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kage Baker is one of those author’s that I always mean to read but never get around to doing it. I’ve always been intrigued by her Company novels but intimidated by the prospect of jumping into a new series. The Empress of Mars is listed as being a Company novel, and the cover certainly mimics the the other Company but new readers should rest assured that The Empress of Mars feels like a standalone work and I never felt at a loss for having missed out on other Company novels.

The plot is fairly s
Clay Kallam
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Kage Baker recently died, and will be sorely missed -- and not just for her ability to write long series of wonderful novels, as her eight Company books proved. She could also write stand-alone novels, though this one comes with a twist: it’s an expanded version of her award-winning 2003 novella, “The Empress of Mars.”

To make it simple, Baker also calls this one “The Empress of Mars” (Tor, $25.95, 304 pages), and it’s an old-fashioned space opera about pioneers on Mars who try to coax a living,
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lisa, Nanci
A humorous, intelligent science fiction novel for adults. Mars is in the still-young stages of colonization, and all manner of characters think to start over on the red planet. Mary Griffiths, thwarted scientist, runs a successful tavern (the Empress of the title) modeled after an Irish pub, and her daughters, all with different fathers, are responsible for a good bit of the drama in Mary's daily life. The regulars in the pub are more intriguing in their variety and histories. Politics, religiou ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Empress of Mars - Kage Baker
Short story in The Company universe; SF; 9/10
This was a fill-in story to Baker's Company series, showing the creation of the situation on Mars that is seen in The Life of the World to Come (at least, I think it's that book). It was a short, neatly told tale with a pleasant cast of characters (at least some of which I'm pretty sure were cyborgs doing their part to set things up as required). I enjoyed it a lot and I'm glad I got hold of it and got to fill in that b
While I enjoyed reading this book I would be hard pressed to say what it was about. Sure, things happen to the characters in the book, but I'm not sure that I would call a series of things happening to people a plot. I must say I enjoyed reading a science fiction book with an unconvential heroine - they're hard to come by in this genre. This book is popcorn though. Delicious, unconventional popcorn.
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Born June 10, 1952, in Hollywood, California, and grew up there and in Pismo Beach, present home. Spent 12 years in assorted navy blue uniforms obtaining a good parochial school education and numerous emotional scars. Rapier wit developed as defense mechanism to deflect rage of larger and more powerful children who took offense at abrasive, condescending and arrogant personality in a sickly eight- ...more
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