Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Allen Steele's 2010 novelette "The Emperor of Mars" wins Asimov's Readers' Award

Congratulations to veteran Martian science fiction & fantasy author Allen Steele, whose 2010 novelette “The Emperor of Mars” (free read, pdf) just won an Asimov's Science Fiction magazine Readers' Award! Published in the June 2010 issue, “The Emperor of Mars” revolves round a roughneck stationed on a near-future Mars, who, after suffering severe emotional trauma, develops some unusual reading habits, which leads to some rather erratic behavior, as he devolves into Emperor Jeffery the First, sovereign monarch of the Great Martian Empire, warlord and protector of the red planet!

Artwork by Andreas Rocha
If you don't have time to read "The Emperor of Mars," you can download & listen to an unabridged 47-minute reading of it, narrated by Nathan Lowell with cool cover art by Andreas Rocha (pictured above), as it was podcast in the recent No. 168 issue of UK-based StarShipSofa: The Audio Science Fiction Magazine!

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