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This retro science fiction anthology of all-new short stories evokes images of Mars when it had not yet become the inhospitable Red Planet we know it as, but in the days when it was still a world where creatures teemed around the canals that made paths through the desert. Among the fifteen contributors to this collection edited by genre masters George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois are Michael Moorcock, Liz Williams, Michael Resnick, S.M. Stirling, Melinda Snodgrass, and Ian McDonald. An anthology for devotees of the Golden Age.

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“Strong, fun and evocative.”Tor.com
 
“A fantastic anthology . . . Pulp magic lives in these pages.”Bookhound
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345537270
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 230,484
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin
An iconic American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, George R.R. Martin is best known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Biography

As a child growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin displayed an early interest in "the writing life" by selling monster stories of his own invention to the children in his Bayonne neighborhood. In high school he became an avid comic book collector and began to write for comic fanzines. He sold his first story to Galaxy in 1970 when he was 21 years old.

Martin received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation he served two years in VISTA, then worked as a teacher and chess tournament director in the Midwest, while continuing to craft award-winning short fiction. His first full-length novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. A dark, lyrical sci-fi tone poem set on a doomed world without a sun, the book was nominated for a Hugo Award.

Throughout the 1980s, Martin worked in television, writing for science fiction- and fantasy-themed shows like The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. At this time he became involved with Wild Cards, a long-running anthology series composed of "mosaic stories" written by multiple authors and set in a shared universe. In addition to editing the series, Martin has contributed stories to the Wild Card books.

In 1996, Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first installment of his magnum opus, the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. Set in the Seven Kingdoms, a realm resembling medieval Europe, the internationally bestselling series has provided the ultimate showcase for Martin's formidable world-building and characterization skills.

During the course of his long, prolific career, Martin has accrued every major literary prize for science fiction or fantasy writing, including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Daedelus, and Locus awards. But what endears him especially to his readers is his extraordinary accessibility. A tireless participant in genre conventions and festivals, he maintains a cordial relationship with his fans through his website and blog. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Good To Know

Christened George Raymond Martin, the author has this to say about his unusual name: "I arrived short one 'R' but fixed that at my confirmation 13 years later."

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service from 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation.

Martin was class valedictorian of his high school. In 1970, he graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University.

In the mid-1970s, Martin supplemented his income by directing tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Fe, NM
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 20, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bayonne, NJ
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

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    The Original Mars of Sci-Fi Old Mars is a collection of newly w

    The Original Mars of Sci-Fi

    Old Mars is a collection of newly written fiction that harkens back to the greats including Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells, and Phillip K. Dick and will transport you back to a time when Mars was the hot topic of pulp sci-fi. I have been waiting quite a while for some fresh writing on an old Mars archetype, and although I identified with some stories more than others, I didn’t find a single one that disappointed me. I am overall very impressed with how these new stories so distinctly reincarnate the character of a retro Mars.  

    Full of suspense and subtle psychology, this substantial collection of stories pays homage to a Mars that exists no more. A real page-turner from cover to cover! If you like this book, you should also check out The Best of Phillip K. Dick since he was a pioneer of this Mars atmosphere.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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