Moving Mars

Moving Mars

Book - 1993
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In a scenario based on the colonization of our neighboring planet by corporate interests, discontent on the part of the second and third generations of the original colonists lays the groundwork for a revolution destined to last for decades

Blackwell North Amer
The young may not remember Mars of old, under the yellow Sun, its cloud-streaked skies dusted pink, its soil rusty and fine, its inhabitants living in pressurized burrows and venturing Up only as rite of passage or to do maintenance or tend the ropy crops spread like nests of intensely green snakes over the wind-scoured farms. That Mars, an old and tired Mars filled with young lives, is gone forever.
Now I am old and tired, and Mars is young again.
Our lives are not our own, but by God, we must behave as if they are. When I was young, what I did seemed too small to be of any consequence; but the shiver of dust, we are told, expands in time to the planet-sweeping storm....
Casseia Majumdar was a daughter of one of Mars' oldest, most conservative Binding Multiples - the extended family syndicates that had colonized the red planet. But her life was changed forever by the student protest of 2171. Those brief days of idealism forged bonds that would last a lifetime, and set the stage for a more dramatic act of revolution than anyone could have imagined.
Charles Franklin, too, was caught up in those days of passionate youth. A brilliant young physicist with a deep love for his native planet, he was forced to leave his world behind to gain the training he needed. And in those years, the political distance between Earth and Mars was growing wider than the empty reaches of interplanetary space.
Moving Mars is Greg Bear's brilliant conception of humanity's colonization of the red planet, with lovingly painted details and a grand historical sweep, embellishing an audacious scientific speculation.

Baker
& Taylor

In a scenario based on the colonization of our neighboring planet by corporate interests, discontent on the part of the second and third generations of the original colonists lays the groundwork for a revolution destined to last for decades. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 1993
ISBN: 9780312855154
031285515X
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 24 cm

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mexicanadiense
Feb 06, 2013

Although I wasn't impressed with the opening chapters and even considered cutting my losses after 25 pages or so, I'm very glad I decided to soldier on as the quality of the storytelling increased very quickly thereafter. If you like "hard" sci-fi in the vein of Arthur C. Clarke or even Ben Bova you should really get a lot out of this novel, which on the whole probably deserves to have won its recognition back in the 90s. Mr. Bear does a good job imagining a not-so-distant future of high technology and even higher human aspirations, then easing the reader into the narrative as glibly and seamlessly as Gibson did with Neuromancer. Also recommended by the same author: Blood Music

CrispinatorN Nov 23, 2012

Quite a strong piece from Greg Bear, Moving Mars is a very different style novel than the others on this list. Essentially a cross of hard SF and fantasy, Moving Mars tells the story of a fascinating female protagonist, Casseia Majumdar and her progression through Martian society.

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monikak1
Jun 12, 2012

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RichardPaul
Feb 09, 2011

Moving Mars
by Greg Bear c - 1993

Excellent!

Read this many years ago!

You should enjoy it as well!

RichardPaul

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