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Martians, Come Back

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One more down and done and in the pipeline.

OLD MARS, a new anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories about Old Mars (not the real post-Mariner Mars, but the one we all loved as kids, with the canals and the dead cities and the various flavors of Martian) is complete, and has been delivered to our editors at Bantam.
When we know the publication date, you will too.

The anthology will feature fifteen original, never-before-published short stories and novelettes, story notes and author intros by Gardner, and an introduction by yours truly. Here's the lineup:

RED PLANET BLUES (Introduction) by George R.R. Martin
MARTIAN BLOOD, by Allen M. Steele
THE UGLY DUCKLING, by Matthew Hughes
THE WRECK OF THE MARS ADVENTURE, by David D. Levine
SWORDS OF ZAR-TU-KAN, by S.M. Stirling
SHOALS, by Mary Rosenblum
IN THE TOMBS OF THE MARTIAN KINGS, by Mike Resnick
OUT OF SCARLIGHT, by Liz Williams
THE DEAD SEA-BOTTOM SCROLLS, by Howard Waldrop
A MAN WITHOUT HONOR, by James S.A. Corey
WRITTEN IN DUST, by Melinda Snodgrass
THE LOST CANAL, by Michael Moorcock
THE SUNSTONE, by Phyllis Eisenstein
KING OF THE CHEAP ROMANCE, by Joe R. Lansdale
MARINER, by Chris Roberson
THE QUEEN OF NIGHT’S ARIA, by Ian McDonald

Gargoo and I had a lot of fun putting this one together, and I hope you folks will have as much fun reading it.

And now... fasten your seat belts and rev up those rockets, boys and girls, we'll be blasting off for OLD VENUS next... arrival scheduled for about a year from now.

(We make no promises about OLD URANUS).

Comments

( 29 comments )
forcewatcher
Aug. 24th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Classic science fiction! WOO HOO!!!
dragonborngurl
Aug. 24th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
cool like mars..
can't wait!! Your sense of accomplishment is shared with our sense of pleasure, now THAT'S kismet, huh???

:)
sakaea
Aug. 24th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Definitely another book that goes on my "must buy" list!

I've loved Mars stories since getting into Heinlein in high school; I'm sure this one will go on my shelf of "best anthologies."
hobnailedboots
Aug. 24th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not too sure how I'd feel about stories from Uranus, but I look forward to the anthology!
Jason Mellott
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong that when I saw the title "In The Tombs of the Martian Kings," my first thought was, "Is this a King Crimson reference (Their most popular song is called "In the Court of the Crimson King.")?"
sistercrow
Aug. 25th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
I immediately thought of "In the hall of the mountain king".
pocosin_flower
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!
f4f3
Aug. 24th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
You had me at "Waldrop".
Brad Carpenter
Aug. 24th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yes! This sounds fantastic. The Dead Sea-Bottom Scrolls- great title. And, me, well I'm a Lansdale fan for life!
tripleneck
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
I've really enjoyed your anthologies. So sign me up for this'un, too. Now I have this & Dangerous Women to look forward to. I wonder which will hit the bookshelves first?
Mark Stackpole
Aug. 24th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Howard Waldrop - I missed you!
Mark Trevors
Aug. 24th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Huh.
Funny, Robert J Sawyer has just written a new novel that happens to be called "RED PLANET BLUES."
sourbillytipton
Aug. 25th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Continued Success
One less monkey off your back.
I hope to hear The World of Ice & Fire, and Dunk and Egg 4 being sent to the editors soon. Possibly Worldcon?
sue_bursztynski
Aug. 25th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Will it be available in Australia at the same time as the US? I'm currently re-reading Bradbury's Martian Chrnicles and I have Burroughs' A Princess of Mars on ebook, all ready for a reread, so I'm in the mood for Old Mars. Sounds like fun!
attilathepbnun
Aug. 25th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Swashbuckle-with-rayguns, yeah!!
fanoffun
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Keep it up. You're inspiring a new generation. I could count all the books I've ever read on one hand before I became hooked on ASOIAF. I ran through all five in a little over a month. The last book I read before my reawakening was Dream catcher by Stephen King and that was ten years ago while I was in Kenya. My iPad is now loaded with a virtual library of Tolkien, Poe, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickens and even Plato. Like countless others, I've started to brainstorm my own stories ideas. If nothing else, It's very therapeutic. I found myself on auto pilot today while I was lost in my imagination.
yagalahai
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
(RED PLANET BLUES)
I'll be counting the days. Good stuff. :)
thefirstalicat
Aug. 25th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Congrats on the new anthology! You've got a number of writers I love, and whose stories will no doubt surprise and delight me; and the work that you and Gardner do together is always interesting (I'm extra-happy at the moment because of just finishing GD's 29th Annual Collection - hope you get Kij in an original anthology too one day!) Another book to pre-order on Amazon.ca because, alas, there's no good English-language independent bookstore that can bring in genre stuff left in Montreal, as far as I know there's only one indie English bookstore at all now, sad to say....
gager
Aug. 25th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
Glad to see Michael Moorcock was included - his Kane of Old Mars homage to Burroughs brings him to my mind any time "Old Mars" is mentioned.
Ameer Lahrim
Aug. 26th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Hey George, I have a request! Can you PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE start the update page again where you update your writing progress? It will be amazing if you do! Thanks for making the first adult book I have ever read AWESOME! (I'm 14 and on A Storm of Swords by... oh wait.... That's you! Thanks again!)
pulvatory
Aug. 26th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Is the Corey short story related to "Expanse"?
And, if so, does it take place after, during or before the trilogy? Just wondering; thanks in advance for an answer.
Scott Glennon
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
I really wanted to come downtown this weekend. I am bummed that I couldn't. Well, maybe a conversation in the future?
justjohn
Aug. 27th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
You know what planet could do with this treatment? New York CIty
I was just watching a couple Spider-Man movies, and reflected that one thing that series has over the DC universe is that DC has Metropolis and Gotham, but Spider-Man has New York City.

There are tons of SF renditions of the place, from I Am Legend through Neil Gaiman's take within A Game of You. And there's Chronic City by J. Lethem, with its off-camera tiger stalking Manhattan.

I only lived there for a short stretch of my childhood, in the late 1960s. It was mostly in Queens, tho my mother got an apartment on the east side of Manhattan, and we'd read to each other from the just-released Ballantine paperbacks of Lord of the Rings. My older sister strode the streets in bare feet.

In the Eighties, I passed through Grand Central with a whole recording studio in my duffel bag and shared a spare shrimp salad bagel with a panhandler -- I'd forgotten NY deli portion sizes when ordering. And later, but before the Disneyfication, I got my first listen of Warren Zevon's Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner while watching a live sex show just off Times Square.

My point to this longer-than-intended bit is that everybody has their own New York City, from Tom Wolfe to Kinky Friedman. And how far could they stretch it?
uglychicken
Aug. 27th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Great line-up, and always great to see a new Waldrop story. Surely he has enough for a new collection by now? Been ages since the last one... Heart Of Whitenesse, wasn't it?
Michael McCoy
Aug. 27th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
How do you juggle all these damn projects at once?
This, Dangerous Women, Rogues, World of Ice and Fire, and The Winds of Winter? My goodness.
grrm
Aug. 27th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: How do you juggle all these damn projects at once?
Well, it should be pointed out, I have help on almost all of these.

On THE WORLDS OF ICE & FIRE, I am working with the wizards o' Westeros, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson.

On ROGUES, DANGEROUS WOMEN, OLD MARS, and OLD VENUS, Gardner Dozois is my co-editor.

On LOWBALL, it's Melinda Snodgrass.

THE WINDS OF WINTER is the only one where I am flying solo.
merylmarie
Aug. 29th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Anything Mars is good for me! Thanks for the new fix. It will help pass the time til TWoW. :)
benjaminmarsh
Aug. 31st, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
special editions?
Any chance of a nice limited edition release of this book like the Subterranean Press ones you have done previously? If so will we get a heads up here about the release/order details?

Unfortunately here in New Zealand it is hard to find your anthologies on the book shop shelves.
fee_parisienne
Sep. 9th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I really look forward to this. The imaginary-worlds versions of Mars occupy a large and interesting section of my mental map, and this sounds like a nice visit back there.
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