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Publisher: INFINIVOX

Publication Date: 2020

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The 2020 Look at Mars Fiction Book

edited by Allan Kaster

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


  • “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” also 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 Chez 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 — A High Priest suffers hauntings after visiting an old, reclusive, wealthy woman on Mars.

  • “Falling onto Mars” by Geoffrey A. Landis — A penal colony on Mars violently clashes with a science base in this Hugo Award winning story.

  • “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” also 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 — A robotic crawler threatens the remote construction of a monument on Mars, by an architect on Earth, as it approaches the obelisk in this Locus Award winning story.

  • “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.

  • “The Emperor of Mars” also by Allen M. Steele — A laborer on a corporate-owned Martian colony transforms himself into royalty while coping with a tragedy on Earth in this Hugo Award winning story.

  • “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.

Paperback Book

414 pages


6 x 1.04 x 9 inches




1.35 pounds

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