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- Print Length: 515 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy; First edition (April 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J3EU3VA
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On the whole, this is a fun book. It's not too serious, but not too light either. I couldn't really buy into the characters and their motivations were sometimes obscure. I liked some of the science babble. The political stuff did not strike me as believable. Still, I don'r regret reading it.
While incorporating sufficient “nuts and bolts” for the hard core SF fan, Bear also engages us in human drama. He explores politics and culture as shaped by the realities of the extrapolated future. He also addresses age-old tangles of love and relationships. In the future, as now and in the past, it is almost impossible to get right.
The “moving Mars” of the title involves (and I don’t think this requires a spoiler alert) using cutting edge science to move Mars, which is threatened with extinction by Earth political forces, to a safer place thousands of light-years distant. In true classic SF tradition, this seemingly impossible feat is shepherded by a small group of brilliant scientists while the clock is ticking down to the end of the world (as the Martians knew it).
I find it a brilliant idea executed brilliantly. Published in 1993, it won the 1994 Nebula Award for Best Novel. I believe that to be a well-deserved honor.
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Moving Mars is an excellent book, exciting, thoughtful, and despite the incredible nature of events, grounded in science we can extrapolate back to where we are.
I have enjoyed many Greg Bear books but Moving Mars in MP3 format will not be one of them. If you're buying this, stick to the paperback.
The social and political stresses between Earth, Mars, and within Mars itself are all detailed in the usual Bear style, complete with deep characters, scary weapons, and a decent pace that if you're not careful will keep you up late to read "just one more chapter".
Grab it if you can; it's not exactly one of the easiest books to get hold of.