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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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One of the things I love about scifi is the contemplation of new modes of movement of humanity out in to the cosmos. This book delivered .Published 19 hours ago by Mike Smith - dominoconsultant.org
Not being a woman, I have no idea if my sense of the realism of the principal character, Casseia Majumdar, is accurate or not. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jack B. Hughes
Greg Bear is a true heir of Heinlien. This great story mixes coming of age, romance, marriage, politics and hard science.Published 16 days ago by Charles Nefzger
One of the best sci-fi books of all time. I consider this book to be on the level of Foundation and Dune.Published 1 month ago by Eli Boaz
I like Greg Bear. Even his lesser efforts are generally good reads, and thought provoking. This is not one of his lesser efforts. It is, though, quite classic Bear. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. P. Cotta Jr.
On the "science" side he was fine, but on the human narrative side he was terriblePublished 3 months ago by DanD
Grabs you up and you keep reading. Granted, after you put it down, you may have a lot of questions like "hey wait a minute how did they go from this to that and I didn't... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bea Idness
An enjoyable combination of "hard" SF and a political novel. The quality of writing is above average for this genre and the plot is something more than a convenient... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Albin