.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Tillabooks: Will's Book Blog

Sunday, November 16, 2008

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling

In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling. New York: Tor, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-7653-1489-5

More and more authors seem to be writing fiction that blurs the traditional lines between science fiction and fantasy. In this novel, Stirling imagines an alternate universe in which scientifically advanced aliens terraformed Mars and Venus, and planted humanity there. Mars, apparently, had an advanced civilization when intelligence had yet to evolve on Earth. Now Earth's science has developed enough to visit those planets.

This is the tale of a couple such travelers, and their adventures on an Edgar Rice Burroughs style Mars, replete with swords and sorcery. Well the former, at least, if not the latter. While traveling around in the Martian outback, they make friends (and one of them falls in love) with a Martian princess who is about to come into her own. It's an entertaining yarn. Definitely recommended.

Labels: , , , ,


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home