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THE EMPRESS OF MARS: A NOVEL by Kage Baker, illustrated by J.K.Potter. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2008. 1st edition hardcover & 1st SIGNED/LIMITED.

First came Edgar Rice Burroughs' view of the Red Planet, then the romance of Leigh Brackett, the poetic visions of Ray Bradbury, and the hard sf underpinnings of Kim Stanley Robinsonís trilogy. Now, added to that estimable list, we have Kage Baker, who makes Earthís nearest neighbor all her own.

When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet. Outcasts, misfits and dreamers emigrated there in droves--only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldnít 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. Itís 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.

Based on the Hugo-nominated novella of the same name, The Empress of Mars is a rollicking novel of action, offworld romance and high adventure.

The Subterranean Press edition of The Empress of Mars is the true first edition, preceding the trade edition by several months.

Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED edition of 448 copies. Fine in near fine dj.