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The Empress of Mars

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The Empress of Mars

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Author: Kage Baker
Publisher: Asimov's Science Fiction, 2003
Night Shade Books, 2003
Series: The Company

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Sturgeon Award winning and Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novella.

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 England.

The story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2003 and appeared as a chapbook later that year. It is included in the anthology Best Short Novels: 2004, edited by Jonathan Strahan. It was later expanded into the novel The Empress of Mars (2009).

Listen to the author read this story at Green Man Review.


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