The Empire of Sol!
Some say it lay in an ancient past.
Some claim it will rise in a distant future.
But one thing is clear. What rises must fall again. And no one knows what will crawl from the ashes.
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In the last days of empire, Mars became a pleasure planet for the wealthy and powerful. Every vice was permitted there, every hunger satisfied. But what happens when an empire collapses and the wealthy stop coming? What happens when the machines that fed humanity’s dreams for so long are left on their own? What dreams might rise in them?
The Machineries of Mars tells a tale of battle and honor on the red planet. If you like stories written in the tradition established by Edgar Rice Burroughs and expanded on by such writers as Alan Burt Akers, Leigh Brackett, Gardner F. Fox, and S. M. Stirling with his In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, then The Machineries of Mars may just be the kind of Sword and Planet adventure you’re looking for.
--- By the way, another tale from this lost anthology is also available as of today. Check out Tom Doolan's blog for more information: