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Moving Mars: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2007
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“If anyone is the complete master of the grand-scale sf novel, it's Bear....[Moving Mars] is also told extremely well with nothing lacking in either scientific soundness or literary excellence.” ―Booklist
“Long, epic in sweep, and scrupulous in its details....The novel's best moments involve Bear's ingenous biological and physical speculations, which do not simply color the narrative but...shape and inform its texture.” ―Washington Post Book World
“Bear's Mars is one of the most vividly realized of the areological novels...He has the gift of implying a whole background with high-resolution but subtly-signaled background details, again built into the language of the milieu rather than in more obtrusive devices.” ―Locus
“Moving Mars is an accomplished, thoroughly mature novel that should be placed at the top of anyone's ‘to be read' stack.” ―Science Fiction Age
“Bear, on of the stars of contemporary SF, shows the heights to which SF can reach in this sprawling, literate, science-laden saga.” ―Kliatt
About the Author
Greg Bear is the author of some of Tor's bestselling titles, including Eon and The Forge of God. He has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards for his novels and short fiction. Bear lives in the Seattle, WA area with his wife, Astrid, and their two children.
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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.
Instead we are grounded in a Mars society which is established, a frontier colony of Earth, ruled by independent extended family groups. The basic tenets of life on Mars are told in passing, the fact that Martians have as many words for sand as Eskimo have for snow makes total sense. The reluctance of Martians to venture topside is also logical. Their foray's to the surface are similar to the Earth man's relationship with the sea.
The meat of the story is in two parts. On the one hand is the perpetual struggle for power that frames all our lives. Earth based alliances are demanding a centralised form of Government on Mars to give more control over Martian activities and to simplify the processes of trade and colonisation. The Martian's, used to their independence, resist the fall into a centralised authority. But the Earth has unlimited resources, vile weapons and seems to be able to stamp it's will onto fledgeling Mars.
But the other strand, the heart of the Science in this book, revolves around a way to alter the universe which opens doors to new and powerful weapons, interplanetary communications and exciting travel possibilities. Earth suspects that Mars knows something, and uses every tool at their disposal to winkle it out.
Will Mars be dragged back under Earth Control? Will Earth have to destroy Mars? Will the Martians unleash damnation upon the Earth? Is there another solution. Of course the title is a bit of a give away, but the book draws you in to a will they won't they at the end.
This is a good solid piece of work, with believable science and more believable colonisation of Mars and the Moon. The progress of society on Earth also makes for interesting reading. Bear has a great imagination and an ability to make possibility seem real. A really worthwhile read.