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Moving Mars: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2007
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This book is loosely related to several of Greg Bear's other books set in the near future of Earth and the Sol System: Heads, Queen of Angels, and Slant. Read them all!
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.
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.