- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orb Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765318237
- ISBN-13: 978-0765318237
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 25.4 x 228.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moving Mars: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2007
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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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My only complaint has nothing to do with the story. The publisher should be ashamed and Mr. Bear indignant, with all the typos in this edition.
There is no excuse for the number of errors in this ebook. The publisher should make the needed corrections and issue us an update.
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).
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.