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Moving Mars
Greg Bear
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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. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the latest novel by the author of Eon ( LJ 9/15/85) and The Forge of God ( LJ 9/15/87), political theorist Casseia Majumdar and physicist Charles Franklin find a common destiny in their desire to see the colony of Mars independent of Earth's manipulations. Bear makes good use of the extended flashback to illuminate the lives of a pair of extraordinary visionaries who struggle to create a new world on an old planet. Contrasts between Earth's wasted potential and Mars's constant promise emerge through strong characterization and compelling prose. A solid purchase for any library's sf collection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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