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:
I had to snatch this one up right away. Love me some Mars stuff in this vein.
Charles -- good stuff, and best of luck with it. :)
Randy, thanks, man. I hope you enjoy. I think there's a kind of nice twist you might appreciate.
Cool exploit! 🌠. Aloha, Charles
Excellent. I will be getting this soon!
I'm about to finish the current eBook I have going, which means I can leapfrog this one to the top of the electronic TBR pile. Looking forward to it!
Cloudia, much appreciated.
Tom, I've just read the intro to pirates so far. Should get to it soon.
Chris, thanks for the post on FB. Much appreciated.
I don't read sci fi but Mr. RK does...I will pass the recommendation on.
Charles, I'll be picking this up soon. Good cover and title.
Congratulations, Charles. You are a busy man.
Sage, I hope so.
Riot Kitty, I tend to read a bit of everything.
Prashant, thanks. Lana helped me alot with the cover. I found the images and she helped me put them together.
Patti, way too busy at times.
Bought it. I'll try reading it (remember, Charles, I'm on-screen reading challenged) on the laptop this afternoon. Having read this author before :-) I'm sure it will be great!
Richard, thanks, man. Hope you enjoy. It isn't super long. It's a longish short story, about 8,000 words or so.
Got it! Now to fit it in the schedule.
Congratulation yet again! Looks very entertaining.
Keith, I'm trying to catch up a bit on Kindle reading now. I'm way behind myself.
Eric1313, hey man. Haven't seen you in a while. Hope you are well.
Got it, and will review. I'm sure it's my kind of story.
Bernard, thanks, man.
Charles-interesting sounding concept.
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