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by Todd McLaren,S. M. Stirling

  • ISBN: 1605140708
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Author: Todd McLaren,S. M. Stirling
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Playaway (2008)
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 273
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In the parallel world first introduced in S. M. Stirling's The Sky People, aliens terraformed Mars (and Venus) 200 . When these three meet, the foundations of reality will be shaken-from the lost city of Rema-Dza to the courts of the Crimson Kings. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

In the parallel world first introduced in S. Stirling's The Sky People, aliens terraformed Mars (and Venus) 200 million years ago, seeding them with life-forms from Earth. Humans didn't suspect this until the twentieth century, but when the first probes landed on our sister worlds and found life-intelligent life, at that-things changed with a vengeance. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

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Right away I'm drawn in, I want to know what goes on in these courts of these Crimson Kings and exactly who or what .

Right away I'm drawn in, I want to know what goes on in these courts of these Crimson Kings and exactly who or what are the Crimson Kings. Well, I read it and now I know what goes on in the courts of the crimson kings. Pulse pounding action and enthrallingly good sci-fi. In the second book of what I think is a duology the action moves to Mars (where Binkis traveled at the end of The Sky People) to the court of the Crimson Kings and the intrigue of the martian people. The book starts slowly, at least the first half was slow to me as I kept on expecting more connection with the first book and the pacing seemed off, perhaps because of my expectations.

A sequel to Stirling's The Sky People, In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is set in the same counterfactual Solar . One, the storyline from "Sky People" with Binkis continued and it added nothing but confusion

A sequel to Stirling's The Sky People, In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is set in the same counterfactual Solar System inspired by the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Stirling's Mars is a reimagining of Burroughs' Barsoom with its canals, airships, and sword fights. One, the storyline from "Sky People" with Binkis continued and it added nothing but confusion. Two, the Martian way of speaking was difficult to follow at times and probably unnecessary.

Todd McLaren adopts the tone of an objective but interested reporter, deftly presenting long passages of explication without lagging. Excerpts from the Encyclopedia Britannica that head chapters stay properly in the background. In understated tones, McLaren makes the formal, sometimes stilted speech of the Martians sound like natural speech. He also creates well-differentiated accents for a number of the Terrans. Trade Ed., Tantor Media, 2008.

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In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is a 2008 alternate history science fiction novel by American writer S. The story takes place on the planet Mars in an alternate universe solar system where probes from the United States of America and. The story takes place on the planet Mars in an alternate universe solar system where probes from the United States of America and the Soviet Union find intelligent life and civilizations on both Venus and Mars. The book is heavily influenced by the works of writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, and Leigh Brackett, among others.

Playaway is the easiest way to listen to a book on the go. An all-in-one format, the player and content are combined in one 2 ounce unit and it comes with everything you need to start listening immediately. No separate player needed, no CDs, no downloads - just press play! "In the parallel world first introduced in S. M. Stirling's The Sky People, aliens terraformed Mars (and Venus) 200 million years ago, seeding them with life-forms from Earth. Humans didn't suspect this until the twentieth century, but when the first probes landed on our sister worlds and found life -- intelligent life, at that -- things changed with a vengeance. By the year 2000, America, Russia, and the other great powers of Earth were all contending for influence and power amid the newly discovered inhabitants of our sister planets. Venus is a primitive world. But on Mars, early hominids evolved civilization earlier than their earthly cousins, driven by the needs of a harsh world growing still harsher as the initial terraforming ran down. Without coal, oil, or uranium, their technology was forced onto different paths, and the genetic wizardry of the Crimson Dynasty united a world for more than 20,000 years. Now, in a new stand-alone adventure set in this world's 2000 AD, Jeremy Wainman is an archaeologist who has achieved a lifelong dream: to travel to Mars and explore the dead cities of the Deep Beyond, searching for the secrets of the Kings Beneath the Mountain and the fallen empire they ruled. Teyud Zha-Zhalt is the Martian mercenary the Terrans hire as guide and captain of the landship Intrepid Traveller. A secret links her to the deadly intrigues of Dvor il-Adazar, the City That Is A Mountain, where the last aging descendant of the Tollamune Emperors clings to the remnants of his power... and secrets that may trace their origin to the enigmatic Ancients, the Lords of Creation who reshaped the Solar System in the time of the dinosaurs.
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Gashakar
I'm not a big fan of alternative history, but I love old time Mars stories so I gave this a try. A little hard to get through at first, especially when Martians are talking--it's the old Why use one word when six will do. But the story builds nicely, the main characters are interesting, and it won me over. Can't quite figure what the hell happens at the end when it seems like another planet pops out of nowhere, but that wasn't enough to spoil the book for me. Liked this enough to buy the Venus version, The Sky People. There's supposed to be a third book coming, and I guess I'd buy that too.
Konetav
In this book Mr Sterling does what he does best: build a world that is entirely alien, bending some scientific truths, though using many little details, like a pointilliste painter, who will use many tiny strokes of colour to draw a complex image. There is no fluff here, only essential bits that viewed together make up the whole image. His alien science is credible and truly odd, and so are his characters. This work, together with his novels on the Domination of the Draka, are world-class science fiction. You will read it more than once. What better compliment for an accomplished wordsmith could one find?
Gholbimand
This is one of SM Stirling's best alternate reality novels. Teyud za-Zhalt, the central character, is a female Martian warrior, and she is up there with the first Stirling female heroine I fell in love with years ago: Shkai'ra Mek Kermak's-kin. But she is not the only strong character. And beyond the interesting plot and well choreographed action scenes we can always count on Stirling for, there is a unique and beautiful use of language that marks the Martian culture. And a fascinating twist on what constitues "technology".
Short version: If you are an SM Stirling fan, you'll love this one.
If you're not, there's still a good chance you'll enjoy it.
Abywis
A sequel to Stirling's The Sky People, In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is set in the same counterfactual Solar System inspired by the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Stirling's Mars is a reimagining of Burroughs' Barsoom with its canals, airships, and sword fights. However, Stirling's Martians are the mutant descendants of people brought from Earth millennia ago. They are masters of genetic engineering, and have now established diplomatic relations with modern Earth nations.

A pair of American explorers and their enigmatic Martian guide become entangled in a brutal struggle for the Crimson Throne, while battling landfaring pirates, and animal life seemingly inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

Fans of Burroughs' Mars stories and their clones by other writers should appreciate this updated version. Fans of Frank Herbert's Dune might like it too.
Opimath
The best SF adventure novel I've seen in some time! In PESHAWAR LANCERS, Stirling created an alternate history in which Talbot Mundy adventures could be set. Here he's done the same thing for the classic SF Solar System. Aliens have terraformed Mars and Venus long ago, so post-WWII telescopes and space probes reveal the steamy primitive Venus and the ancient dying Mars of the classic SF writers. This is a two-volume set, with THE SKY PEOPLE (Venus) nominally the first novel. But the true Barsoomian can read CRIMSON KINGS first, or as a stand-alone without critical loss. And read it you must: here is travel across ancient, dying Mars, swordplay and a princess to be rescued. This sort of SF has seldom been done better in the past 100 years. The science is well thought out, and there's more: as a bonus for the fan of classic SF, Stirling includes TWO prizes in this box of crackerjacks. There's an opening chapter in which the classic SF writers get to watch on television the landing of the first Mars probe. This chapter alone is worth the hardcover price for those who know who "Leigh" "Beam" and "Robert" are in this context. But wait, there's more! The main story is studded with classic SF references as in-jokes. Among others, remember atmosphere plants? Rodents of Unusual Size? They're here, and they're not what you think. Just buy the book. You won't regret it. But buy the hardcover, because you'll want to read it a lot.
Sha
"Crimson Kings" is sort of a sequel to "The Sky People" but I read it first. It intentionally borrows tropes and imagery from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury, but with Stirling's usual alternate history spin.

Some reviewers criticized Stirling in "Sky People" for being sexist, but again, he was writing the kind of book ERB might have written had he been born in 1950 and Venus had turned out to be habitable. In "Crimson Kings," SPOILER ALERT the "damsel in distress" is actually the main male character and the tough-as-nails, omni-competent hero is female. Nice reversal.

I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons. One, the storyline from "Sky People" with Binkis continued and it added nothing but confusion. Two, the Martian way of speaking was difficult to follow at times and probably unnecessary. I loved everything else. The descriptions -- which in "Sky People" I found overlong and tedious -- were wonderful. The characters were believable and developed as the narrative proceeded. There were two scenes that brought tears to my eyes, and that's rare for me with a book.

If you haven't already read "Sky People," I recommend that you skip it and read "Crimson Kings." Now, if Stirling would just write a sequel based on the unexpected and intriguing conclusion of "Crimson Kings" ...

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