When Lizzie Choi receives a message from her brother telling her that he’s dead, she assumes it’s a joke. Lizzie, an employee of the powerful Everlight Corporation, already has to live under the cloud of her mother’s misdemeanours and could do without her brother, Shiv, adding further complications.
By the time she realises that this is no joke and comes to understand what is being demanded of her, she knows she’s in trouble. The last thing she wants to do is travel to Mars and take Shiv’s place in a criminal undertaking, especially one of such magnitude and danger, but…
The pace never lets up in Jaine Fenn’s The Martian Job, as pulp action SF collides with high concept science fiction, paying homage to classic movie The Italian Job along the way.
Perhaps Jaine’s finest work to date, it would be hard to imagine a better way to kick off NewCon’s third novella series. “Liberty Bird”, the last piece Jaine wrote for NewCon Press, won a BSFA Award.
“For me, the novella was improved from good to excellent by the conclusion which, like all the best endings, was logical but unexpected… I liked it as it went along and I loved it by the end. The Martian Job could have appeared in Astounding or Galaxy or one of those other great Science Fiction magazines of the 1950s and it would have made the cover.” – SFCrowsnest
Available as a paperback and a numbered hardback, limited to just 100 copies, signed by the author.
The book also forms part of a slipcase set, featuring signed hardbacks of all four titles in Novella Set 3, with Jim Burns' combined artwork as a wraparound.