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Moving Mars [Kindle Edition]

Greg Bear
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Sacrifice, revolution, the promise of freedom. These flood into the life of Casseia Majumdar, daughter of the Binding Multiples. Rebelling against her conservative family, the colonists who occupy Mars, Casseia takes part in the brewing revolution sparked by student protests in the year 2171. Meanwhile, her love life is in a very precarious situation, with her beloved Charles Franklin's seeking to merge his mind with the most advanced artificial mind. MOVING MARS is a science-fiction look at love and war, family and conviction, heart and mind . . . 


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Amazon.com Review

In this 1995 Nebula Award-winning novel, a revolution is transforming the formerly passive Earth-colony of Mars. While opposing political factions on Mars battle for the support of colonists, scientists make a staggering scientific breakthrough that at once fuels the conflict and creates a united Mars front, as the technically superior Earth tries to take credit for it. Backed against a wall, colonial leaders are forced to make a monumental decision that changes the future of Mars forever.

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Nebula Award winner Bear has long been known for novels of stunning scientific extrapolation and high literary quality from his early novel Blood Music to his more recent Queen of Angels . This new novel of Mars is his finest yet. Bear follows the unlikely career of Casseia Majumdar of the Majumdar Binding Multiple (a sort of cross between an extended family and a corporation) as she goes from lukewarm student activist to president of the fledgling Federal Republic of Mars. Beginning as a coming-of-age story, with Casseia encountering corruption as well as courage and determination in a student uprising, the narrative then becomes a fine, taut and realistic political novel, as Casseia travels to Earth as part of an ambassadorial retinue, and later serves as second in leader Ti Sandra's push for Martian unification. As conflict heats up between upstart Mars and Mother Earth, Bear introduces a wildly intriguing hard-science idea, and the novel spins into a tense science fiction thriller. Bear offers a fast-moving plot; realistic, appealing characters; a vividly imagined future Earth awash in "tailored microbes," nanotechnology and dirty dealing; and the most believable evocation of the workings of politics and science in any recent science fiction novel. It all adds up to a blowout of a book, perhaps the best of the recent Mars novels, and certainly one of the best sf novels of the year.
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  • File Size: 1318 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812524802
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (April 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J3EU3VA
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But where are you going to put it? October 13, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Heh, small joke. Sorry. I've seen this book for years, but always held off on buying it, seeing it as just another of those Mars books that seem to crop up every few years. Yeah, I like the idea of colonizing or visiting our red neighbor but that doesn't mean I have to read every book that someone decides to write about it. But I finally got around to it, since it seemed different enough from such works as Kim Stanley Robinson's great trilogy and just finished reading it and, well, I was wrong. This is a great book, full of ideas and interesting characters that you can sympathize with, if not relate to (in a sense) and while it doesn't rank with the famed Mars trilogy (Bear's writing just isn't as poetic or piercing as Robinson's), Bear gets major credit for crafting such an epic, wide ranging piece and managing to contain it all in one book. What's it all about though? Indeed, it's about Mars, and how Earth is trying to keep the poor colonists under the heel of their boots, and since Mars is mostly divided up into factions of different families, Earth doesn't need to do all that much to keep the status quo going. Then comes the student revolts, which really don't amount to all that much in the end, except that they introduce the two most important characters in the book, Cassie and Charles, who will go on to change Mars. People sometimes complain that the first hundred or so pages of the book devoted to the revolts aren't really that important to the main story, and they aren't. But that isn't the point, it's there to lay down the foundations of the characters and without that foundation it becomes that much harder to fathom where they are at the end. Read more ›
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's it. I've read this book and I can die happy. December 6, 1999
By Jeff
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To say that Moving Mars is a good book would qualify as the largest understatement of my life. It was a great book, an amazing book, possibly even the best hard sci-fi novel that I have ever read. What could possibly cause such admiration in a reader, you ask? I shall tell!
The story admittedly starts out slowly. The reader is left wondering exactly what a student revolt at a Martian University has to do with anything. The first 100 pages, while far from boring, don't give you a glimpse of the marvels in the rest of the book. However, once you pass that mark, their is no going back. Cancell all of your appointments and call in sick at work, you will not be able to put this book down.
Greg Bear masterfully weaves together a plot full of political intrigue, character interests, imaginative future technology (that actually makes sense when explained! ), and of course the threat of total armaeggedon.
I don't want to give away too much, but by the end you will no doubt consider yourself a Red Rabbit (Martian) and be so wrapped up in the lives of the characters that you will almost forget that we are still confined to this lonely planet Earth.
Bear's portrayal of the not-so-distant future is truly monumental. I have read a great many hard sci-fi novels and this one outshines them all, with the possible exception of Forge of God (also by Greg Bear).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a future . . . ! September 16, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A desert planet with an ancient history of very un-Earth-like life, a frontier world that mixes social conservatism and radical experimentation, this is Mars in the late 22nd century. Casseia Majumdar is, she thinks, an ordinary person just trying to find her niche in life, beginning with student rebellion against Statism and progressing through her emergence as a key leader in a redesigned Martian political system. Parallelling her own development is the rise of Charles Franklin, her first lover and theoretical physicist extraordinaire. In its theme and style, this story reminds me most of John Varley's _Steel Beach_ and Heinlein's _The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress_ -- but while it has all the exciting detail and deep, rich texture of the former, it's far more subtle and sophisticated than anything Heinlein ever managed. The feel of the world's overwhelming strangeness and almost unimaginable complexity 175 years from now is accomplished very smoothly, almost sneakily, without ever overexplaining things. The physics "feels" right. And the characterization is always spot-on. And the title of this thing should be taken literally. Putting it simply and baldly, this is a perfectly marvelous book. It is by far the best thing of Bear's I've read and it's one of the best sf novels I've read by *anyone* in several years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I just got through reading this book, one of the few that I have time to read each year. I totally enjoy the way Bear puts together a story, interweaivng the destinies of individuals in the ecololgical, political, and demographic tapestry that becomes the plot. I felt myself sympathising with Casseia Majumdar as she followed a group of protesters into taking action against an unwanted government ( I found it a bit irnoic that she would one day become the leader of the very kind of goverment that she was opposed to in her earlier and naive youth). It turns out that this was not the book that I thought it was when I began to read it (the sequel to The Forge of God) However, I am very glad that I got it wrong and had the opportunity of reading this one. I really hadn't expected them to use the "tweak" to move them as far as they did, just far enough to warm Mars up and wake up the atmosphere was all I'd hoped for. WOW! what and ending and a powerful statement to Man's primative nature and how high we aspire to evolve; that in doing so we must leave the very cradle of our existance and strike out on our own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very well written and thought provoking book. Must read for hard SF fans.
Published 10 days ago by Colin G. Onita
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fascinating premise & well developed characters, but seemed to move somewhat turgidly.
Published 19 days ago by Dee Anna S. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Another SF masterpiece
The one has the hallmarks of another classic. Fully developed histories and political systems, adaptation of current science to supplement an imaginative and complex ecosystem,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bokonen
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Wading Thru the First 2/3rds for the Finale.
This is a tough book to review. There's a terrific fast moving story in this book that, until the last third of the volume, keeps getting interrupted by sometimes very lengthy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by commeca
3.0 out of 5 stars and with more politics than I like. Interesting concept tho once you...
I found it a little slow going, and with more politics than I like. Interesting concept tho once you got to it.
Published 1 month ago by jdiff2004
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
A fast read and very entertaining...you will be very happy that you have chosen this book...have fun and enjoy the ride.....
Published 2 months ago by john lamb
4.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the authors better works of hard science fiction and...
This is one of the authors better works of hard science fiction and had no sequels. i've noticed that well written books don't need sequels unless they are serialized in novels.
Published 2 months ago by jimsam
2.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but...
I enjoyed the first four-fifths of this book, which features a likable protagonist and an interesting political situation between Mars and Earth. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Colonists of Mars evolve
Shades of Foundation! Earth practices mercantilism. Mars feels the pressure to accept their terms. Casseia, a young Martian PolySci major, is a central character. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, unengaging and unbelievable characters
I picked up this book looking for something new. I love science fiction and have really enjoyed novels like Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and novels by Peter Hamilton and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Tyrrell
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Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books, spanning thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy, including Blood Music, Eon, The Forge of God, Darwin's Radio, City at the End of Time, and Hull Zero Three. His books have won numerous international prizes, have been translated into more than twenty-two languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Over the last twenty-eight years, he has also served as a consultant for NASA, the U.S. Army, the State Department, the International Food Protection Association, and Homeland Security on matters ranging from privatizing space to food safety, the frontiers of microbiology and genetics, and biological security.


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