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The 2020 Look at Mars Fiction Book

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edited by Allan Kaster
 

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This collection puts together 20 of the best science fiction stories about Mars published over the past two decades by top-notch authors of the genre and edited by Allan Kaster.

 

  • "An Ocean is a Snowflake, Four billion Miles Away" by John Barnes
  • The rivalry between two documentarians, filming on Mars, puts them in peril as the planet is being terraformed.
  • "Martian Heart" by John Barnes
  • A colonist provides a moving account of his life on Mars to inspire a new generation of Martians.
  • "Mars Abides" by Stephen Baxter
  • The first man to step foot on Mars recounts his life’s story as mankind ends its colonization of the planet.
  • "The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini" by Chaz Brenchley
  • A gravedigger uncovers many secrets at the burial of a hanged British nobleman on a Victorian Mars.
  • "Hanging Gardens" by Gregory Feeley
  • Two young girls are desperate to survive on the surface of Mars after their commune’s underground compound is destroyed by comet strikes.
  • "The Martian Job" by Jaine Fenn
  • The greatest heist known to humankind, with many a double-cross, is pulled on the largest corporation on Mars.
  • "The Rise and Fall of Paco Cohen and the Mariachis of Mars" by Ernest Hogan
  • A corporation building New Las Vegas on Mars grooms a janitor for rock stardom to improve worker morale.
  • "The Vicar of Mars" by Gwyneth Jones
  • An elderly High Priest suffers hauntings after visiting an old, reclusive, wealthy woman on Mars.
  • "Falling onto Mars" by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • In this Hugo Award winning story, a penal colony on Mars violently clashes with a science base.
  • "The Monoliths of Mars" by Paul McAuley
  • Pilgrims, tourists, and locals visit the many monoliths of Mars to commune with their unknown builders through radio bursts.
  • "Wyatt Earp 2.0" by Wil McCarthy
  • A rough and tumble Martian mining town reconstructs a lawman from the Old American West to restore order.
  • "Digging" by Ian McDonald
  • A project has been undertaken to create a breathable atmosphere on Mars constructing a valley so deep that the planet’s thin atmosphere will be forced into it.
  • "The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars" by Ian McDonald
  • The lives of a young Indian construction worker and an old Estonian cosmonaut collide during the terraforming of Mars by quantum machines.
  • "The Cascade" by Sean McMullen
  • An affair between a shy robotics postdoc and an adventurous young woman change the destiny of the first landing on Mars.
  • "The Martian Obelisk" by Linda Nagata
  • In the Locus Award winning story, a robotic crawler threatens the remote construction of a monument on Mars, by an architect on Earth, as it approaches the obelisk.
  • "The Emperor of Mars" by Allen M. Steele
  • In the Hugo Award winning story, a laborer on a corporate-owned Martian colony transforms himself into royalty while coping with a tragedy on Earth.
  • "Martian Blood" by Allen M. Steele
  • An Egyptian-American astrobiologist travels to a Martian aboriginal settlement to prove his theory that life on Earth originated on Mars.
  • "Terminal" by Lavie Tidhar
  • An improbable group of astronauts are slingshot to Mars in cheap one-person, one-way jalopies.
  • "How to Become a Mars Overlord" by Catherynne M. Valente
  • An amusing step-by-step program enables potential potentates to find the right Mars to rule over.
  • "La Malcontenta" by Liz Williams
  • A young girl defies the conventional role she’s fated for on Mars.