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October on Mars

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Gardner Dozois and I have just learned that Bantam has scheduled our all-original retro-SF anthology OLD MARS for release on October 8 of this year. The anthology will feature fifteen original, never-before-published short stories and novelettes about Mars, story notes and author intros by Gardner, and an introduction by yours truly.

The setting will NOT be the real (but somewhat boring) post-Mariner Mars, but rather the Mars thatwe all loved as kids, the one with the canals and the dead cities and the myriad marvelous Martians.

Old Mars cvr rev

((Gotta love that retro rocket ship. I sure do)).

Here's the lineup of stories and contributors:

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. So circle October 8 on your calendars. Old Mars is lovely in the fall.

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leesalogic
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
This sounds great! Can't wait. :)
pulvatory
Feb. 13th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
James SA Corey
Yays; looking forward to it. (Although I did literally just buy SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH.) Is the James SA Corey set in the Expanse world?
kadaria
Feb. 13th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for this because I grew up on old copies of Bradbury's Martian Chronicles and R is for Rocket from our local library (your cover even looks a little like that old copy of R is for Rocket). They are still two of my favorite collections that I re-read and I hope that your collection has that retro feeling of interplanetary exploration and adventure before there was even a man on the moon.
Igor Oliveira
Feb. 13th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Dear Martin
WARNING: Massive fan-comment. You probably want to skip this. I mean it.

Well... I'm feeling quite a bit silly writing this, but what the hell, let's do this, shall we?

George R.R. Martin, I can't begin to thank you! My name is Igor, from Brazil. From age twelve I've taken an interest in reading, and from this came my love for writing. Ever since that time I've written many stories, discarding every one of them, one after another. I had the dream to eventually make my own book, but I never made it half-the-way. That is, until I read your books.

A Song of Ice and Fire is a GREAT series. You did a great job capturing the points-of-view from different characters. From the naive Jon Snow to the cunning Tyrion Lannister, each one of them is a character of it's own. And the plotting, the warring, the fighting... all of it captivated me.

You gave me inspiration. And it let me create my own book series.

"Aço e Sombra" (or Steel and Shadow as it's name would be in English) is the first book of the series "O Confronto dos Deuses" (The Clash of Gods), a (heavy) fantasy series describing the events of the second Age of Shadows, the conflict between the fallen God of Fire (Gallashkulah) and the Goddess of Moon (Lauvida), told by the point-of-view from different characters in different parts of the world.

I own this to you. Without reading your series, I would never have made it this far. The first book is done, with around 400 A4 pages, published on an amateur site (though I'm trying to get a local publishing house to publish it). The second book of the series, "Coroas de Sangue" (Blood Crowns) is under work right now, with around 50 A4 pages of work done.

Words are not enought to describe how gratefull I am, George. In my book, I've made many references to your work. Futhermore, in the beggining of the book, there's also this:

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(Translation: I thank many people which works and ideas motivated and inspired the creation of this book and his countless characters. Special thanks to the creator of the acclaimed series "A Song of Ice and Fire", George R.R. Martin, which works inspired deeply the creation of this one. I dedicate this work to my brothers, my uncles, my grandparents, my friends, my father, but, above all, my mother, the person who helped me the most during all the road I went to come to this book.)

Well... I think I've dragged myself quite too long here, eh? Well... let's finish this. George, I said it before and I'll say it again: thank you, man, I mean it. You are the King of Fantasy. I'm a young boy and know nothing of the world, and I don't know if I'm gonna be sucessful or not with this book, but man, I do hope I will. Perhaps one day, if I make sucess with this (doubt it) I will maybe manage to talk to you during lunch or something (doubt it too) eh? I'll even pay it, should this day come!

Well, this is it. Sorry to bother you and take your time. Go enjoy youself now, Martin, and if anyone bothers you, kick 'em in the knees! Unless that's me, of course.

P.S.: I've put all this text on a comment simply because I don't know your email and don't know where to find it. Yeah, I'm just that idiot! It's a natural talent of mine.
grrm
Feb. 14th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: Dear Martin
I am glad my stories helped inspire your own.

Good luck with your book.

And keep writing.
apostle_of_eris
Feb. 16th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: Dear Martin
*there* is the egoboo that counts!
insurrbution
Feb. 18th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear Martin
He's inspired the way my own series is being told, as well. It's a long, long ways off, but I hope readers here will get to read it also :)
Casey Wittner
Feb. 14th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
Holy crap, Mike Resnick! I hope the full title is "In the Tombs of the Martian Kings: Lucifer Jones Goes to Mars."
scarlettina
Feb. 14th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
I was a first reader for davidlevine's story, so I've been hearing about this anthology for a while now. I can't wait to read all of the others in the book. Congrats on getting a pub date; give Anne Groell my best; and know that I'll preorder the book as soon as it's available for same. Yay!
cyberalien
Feb. 14th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good read. Can't wait to get my hands on it. Congrtatulations!
memyselfandrye
Feb. 14th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
George, is it true?
That Mars is the real setting for aSoIaF, you know, after the white walkers and their frozen god flood across the world? The "canals" that we thought we saw were the remnants of the Wall. Maybe Curiosity will dug up some dragon glass. Is Olympus Mons the site of the Valyrian Doom? I'm kidding of course. Or am I?
Mark Stackpole
Feb. 15th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Red Planet Blues
I know titles can't be copyrighted, but Robert Sawyer has a novel coming out this April with the same title as your introduction: "Red Planet Blues". Is Bantam OK with cross promotion with TOR?
p.s. Howard Waldrop = you've sold one copy to me.
tripleneck
Feb. 15th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm just as excited about this anthology as the Dangerous Women one. Thanks for more good stories to read!
sacredeyeguy
Feb. 15th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
Mars Fan
My first sci-fi book was "The Martian Chronicles" and I've been a fan of Mars ever since. Greatly looking forward to it!

I beg to differ about post Mariner Mars as 'boring,' at least for those of us space-nerds who get excited by alien landscapes and mysterious geological features. Images and data from the recent Rover missions have been extraordinary. (Ok, no canals or ruined cities, but there are those strange blueberries!)
vikjha
Feb. 19th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
this should be good... hopefully the new Cosmos w/Neil de Grasse Tyson will start up by then it would be a great combo

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