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In the Courts of the Crimson Kings

de S. M. Stirling

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Sèrie: The Lords of Creation (Book 2)

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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. 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.… (més)
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    A Princess of Mars de Edgar Rice Burroughs (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: In the Courts of the Crimson Kings is an homage to Burrough's Barsoom books.
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In this novel, Mars isn't the dead world that is our second nearest neighbour but the home of an ancient civilisation that is fighting a rearguard action against the decay of the planet. Jeremy Wainman is a terran archaeologist who has made it hs life's work to uncover the secrets of this ancient world and Teyud is the mercenary hired by the American delegation to kep him safe out in the Deap Beyond but the secrets of Teyud's blood would shake the Court of the Crimson King. This is a planetary romance straight out of the annals of the pulps of the 40s, particularly the stories of Leigh Brackett, with enough additional twists by Stirling to make it his own millieu.

A great read. ( )
  JohnFair | Jan 4, 2015 |
Get this one from your local library. While it is a good sequel to the Sky People it is not worth spending your own money to get. This book ties up some lose ends left over from the Sky People . Yet it does not give any reasons for the actions of THe Lords of Creation. May be this was done to get the reader interested in a possible third book. Yet the tie into the SkyPeople is not well done.
Striling has some fun with his iteration of the Martian language . These injected some humor for the careful reader. The exploration of biological technology was interesting to a point but its been done before in the Martian Chronicles. Also why is Mars always portrayed as as a dying culture? Yet the idea of a culture dying because of a lack of resources was explored in a meaningful way. The love story was nice but not spectacular. In short a nice summer read but not worth owning ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Every B Mars movie and the John Carter series all rolled into one with SM Stirling's usual flair. I'm surprised that the author of the Princess Bride doesn't sue regarding the ROUS. We fear you even to the loosing of our bowels!
  CarriePalmer | May 2, 2014 |
Amazon preorder
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Very boring beginning, but it picked up somewhat at the end. ( )
  Guide2 | Sep 4, 2012 |
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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. 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.

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