Reviews of In the Courts of the Crimson Kings (2008)
Review by johnafair (2009-03-01)
Although written by S.M. Stirling and otherwise bang-up-to-date in attitudes and science, this is an unabashed homage to the stories of Leigh Brackett and her stories of an ancient civilisation on our sister world of Mars. A Mars that is definitely dying, but whose biological technology is incredibly ancient and far in advanced of Earth's (but it *was* Earthmen who'd gone to Mars, not the other way round. As the Earthmen constantly reminded themselves :-)).
Stirling's Martians were an interesting creation, genetically modified in their own ways better to fit their niches in life but still able to throw up rebels (though the concept of the bureaucrats rebelling for stability was a nice touch.).
Like Ms Brackett's own works, it's a pity that Stirling's Mars does not really exist.
(This review refers to the 2008 version titled “In the Courts of the Crimson Kings”)