THE EMPRESS OF MARS
Based upon the Hugo-nominated novella of the same name, this is a fast-paced and humorous romp with magnificent characters. Each character is drawn with care, their interactions are stellar and the familiar machinations in the background are a welcome lagniappe. Fans of Baker won't want to miss this.
The Mars colony, founded by the British Arean Company, is full of misfits, outcasts and dreamers. It was practically abandoned by the BAC when it became apparent that it wasn't going to be possible to terraform the planet cheaply and turn a profit, but the remaining settlers have cobbled together a society of sorts. At the center of this society is Mary Griffith, the proprietor of the only place on Mars to buy a (relatively) decent pint of beer, the Empress of Mars.
What initially appears to be a random collection of characters quickly coalesces into a glittering clockwork, from swindlers to dreamers and everyone in between, as a new world is born at the Empress of Mars. (TOR, May, 304 pp., $25.95)