Old Mars

Old Mars

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Fifteen all-new stories by science fiction's top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award winning editor Gardner Dozois

Burroughs's A Princess of Mars. Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Heinlein's Red Planet . These and so many more inspired generations of readers with a sense that science fiction's greatest wonders did not necessarily lie far in the future or light-years across the galaxy but were to be found right now on a nearby world tantalizingly similar to our own--a red planet that burned like an ember in our night sky . . . and in our imaginations.

This new anthology of fifteen all-original science fiction stories, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, celebrates the Golden Age of Science Fiction, an era filled with tales of interplanetary colonization and derring-do. Before the advent of powerful telescopes and space probes, our solar system could be imagined as teeming with strange life-forms and ancient civilizations--by no means always friendly to the dominant species of Earth. And of all the planets orbiting that G-class star we call the Sun, none was so steeped in an aura of romantic decadence, thrilling mystery, and gung-ho adventure as Mars.

Join such seminal contributors as Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, Joe R. Lansdale, S. M. Stirling, Mary Rosenblum, Ian McDonald, Liz Williams, James S. A. Corey, and others in this brilliant retro anthology that turns its back on the cold, all-but-airless Mars of the Mariner probes and instead embraces an older, more welcoming, more exotic Mars: a planet of ancient canals cutting through red deserts studded with the ruined cities of dying races.


James S. A. Corey * Phyllis Eisenstein * Matthew Hughes * Joe R. Lansdale * David D. Levine * Ian McDonald * Michael Moorcock * Mike Resnick * Chris Roberson * Mary Rosenblum * Melinda Snodgrass * Allen M. Steele * S. M. Stirling * Howard Waldrop * Liz Williams

And an Introduction by George R. R. Martin!

Praise for Old Mars

"Strong, fun and evocative." -- Tordotcom

"A fantastic anthology . . . Pulp magic lives in these pages." -- Bookhound
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780345537270
Characteristics: xx, 486 p. ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 16, 2014

reminded me why I have read less and less science fiction over the last 25 years. Kind of sad, really.

May 16, 2014

well, this was interesting, but a painful reminder of why I've read less and less science fiction over the last 25 years.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at YPRL

To Top