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Moving Mars (Queen of Angels #3)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,516 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Moving Mars is a story of human courage and love set within the greater saga of a planetary liberation movement. Mars is a colonial world, governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of the Earthly powers to keep the best new inventions for themselves. The young ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Orb Books (first published 1993)
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Flyss Williams I read it as a stand alone and loved it, there was no need at all to read any of the other books before hand. It worked fine on its own. Of course I…moreI read it as a stand alone and loved it, there was no need at all to read any of the other books before hand. It worked fine on its own. Of course I do now want to read all of the others :)(less)

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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. This is a fantastic novel. Greg Bear gives the reader a very well rounded view of a future Mars (and Earth) and provides fascinating ideas about a variety of topics, including future politics (both Earth and Mars), artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and genetic engineering. I enjoyed the way Bear addressed each of these topics and made them both accessible and very interesting. All of the above is enough to highly recommend this book. However, when you add in the "major sc ...more
Jason Ashlock
Jan 06, 2011 Jason Ashlock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the slowest burns, but with a very bright ending. You could say the majority of the book (400 pages) is all backstory and character development, if not the entire thing. All so the last 100 hundred pages can stitch up the story nicely with emotion, action and all--even a little nostalgia (it's a long book). The main character was nicely set up over time. Very epic. She made a few leaps in skill level that could be a little unbelievable but the author kept her humble enough. Same could be ...more
Christopher
Sep 20, 2007 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Bear's MOVING MARS was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1993, sold well, and was acclaimed by some reviewers. I loved every word of Kim Stanely Robinson's Mars trilogy, and wanting to learn more about the Red Planet, I read MOVING MARS. I was nearly instantly disappointed.

MOVING MARS concerns a rebellion of the people of Mars against a hostile government on Earth. Central to this event is the discovery of a small team of Martian scientists that space-time is malleable and objects can be easi
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Sandi
Enjoyable hard science fiction novel about the coming of age of the Mars colony both politically and scientifically and how Mother Earth reacts to the changes. Thought the main plot was very interesting and loved all the political machinations but did get a bit bogged down during the scientific explanations. Listened to the audio version read by Sharon Williams.
Rui Carmo
Jan 24, 2015 Rui Carmo rated it it was ok
This thing about settling Mars always devolving into political strife has to stop...
Lisabet Sarai
Mar 10, 2012 Lisabet Sarai rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the author's vision of the Mars landscape and his back story about the planet's former life forms really grabbed me. On the other hand, the characters seemed like robots, and the (long) narrative felt plodding, without a sense of rising crisis (even though the actual events are cataclysmic).

I tend to prefer minimalist scifi, where everything flows from a few premises about future technology or society. MOVING MARS, on the other hand,
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Charl
Jan 07, 2013 Charl rated it it was ok
Shelves: y2013
I'm not into drama and character development, or long, elaborate social development stories. I'm much more interested in the new tech, the scientific breakthrough, or just a good action tale in a sci-fi setting that couldn't possibly be told in any other setting.

Unfortunately for me, Mr. Bear takes a long time setting up and developing his characters and the socio-political background for his Mars colony. If that's your cuppa, you'll probably love it.

If, like me, that just doesn't interest you,
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Warren Watts
Mar 29, 2012 Warren Watts rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
As a fairly regular reader of science-fiction, I had seen many of Greg Bear’s novels on the shelves at my local library. I can be rather narrow-minded when it comes to exploring new authors. I vaguely recall having read at least one other Greg Bear novel; so long ago I don’t even remember the title. My local library has a very limited selection of science fiction available and I had pretty much exhausted all the novels by authors I regularly read. I’m glad I did choose the book; it was an enjoya ...more
Stephen M Vakil
Aug 23, 2015 Stephen M Vakil rated it it was amazing
Like the old adage about boiling a frog. I enjoyed the overall writing style and direction of the plot early on, even if I felt like a sleepy student in a science class occasionally. Slowly the imagination and developments sucked me in, and then at one point I became the frog boiling in a pot of water, unable to escape and riveted (ribbeted?) by the intensity and vision of the plot as the final 1/4 of the novel blistered and enthralled me. I could barely tolerate waiting to see how it developed, ...more
Sean
Aug 12, 2011 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Moving Mars was a more modern take on mutually assured destruction that managed to be terribly entertaining without reminding me of all the other Cold War sci-fi novels. Bear smoothly integrates the sci-fi musts, new technology and environments, with the new political situation arising between a socially advanced Earth and relatively backward colony Mars. The main character is a likeable, realstic and strong female Martian interested in a career in studying Martian/Earth relations. The story fol ...more
Ilya
Feb 08, 2015 Ilya rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is supposed to be a hard science fiction novel, but its characters move Mars 10,000 light-years just by the force of thinking about quantum logic. Quantum logic is an actual field of study in physics; unlike classical logic, it allows one to reason about such propositions as "The electron is less than 1nm from the proton" and "The speed of the electron is less than 1km/s"; the truth of both propositions cannot be determined at the same time. Thinking hard about it (or about anything else) w ...more
Bryan
Aug 28, 2010 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, sf
Reading this book is a unique experience, as it varies from VERY BORING to AMAZING every couple hundred pages.

Maybe it's two books in an awkward dance, with author Greg Bear unable to tweak the pacing enough to bring more balance to the novel.

Don't get me wrong - when this book is good, it is VERY VERY GOOD! One of the finest books you'll read.

But when it's boring, it's several hundred pages of boredom. And unfortunately, the dull parts occur fairly early. I wonder how many people gave up on thi
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Chris
Nov 16, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
Meh. The first third of this book is near unreadable. If you can struggle through that it opens up into a fast paced political thriller with some rather insane physics assumptions baked in. The main conflict of the book revolves around the concepts of mutually assured destruction, colonialism, and game theory. The problem is that it's just about bonkers. For a hard sci-fi book it had some problematic assumptions. It didn't help that I hated one of the main characters.

If you want to read a good M
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Angela
Oct 03, 2010 Angela rated it it was ok
I'm giving two stars for some interesting ideas about science and technology.

The "tell don't show" style of the author really detracted from my enjoyment of the story. The first part of the story seemed like a list of barely related events. The main character, who wasn't the most interesting person in the story by far, always seemed to be irritated about something. It was rarely clear what she had to be so mad about.

This same story told in third person about the main scientist in a more detaile
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Trey
Sep 18, 2015 Trey rated it liked it
Kind of a weird book. If I could have given multiple ratings to different parts of this book it would have been 4* for the beginning, 2* for the middle and 3 to 4* for the end. Overall I would say this is a pretty good book for anyone interested in sorta near futurish colonization of the solar system. Also would be a good book for if you have just finished reading a really awesome series and any book you read next would appear sort of dull regardless.

It started off pretty awesome with the whole
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Nikola Tasev
Feb 07, 2015 Nikola Tasev rated it did not like it
I love science fiction, I love colonization stories, I love Mars. I had doubts about the author, but hey, how bad can you mess up such a story?
Well, very badly. Let's start with the style. Maybe Greg Bear never heard of "show, don't tell", or maybe he decided to use it on the important stuff like the main heroine's teen dramas, but not on, you know, the history, politics and important events. We don't get news reports, we get to read what Greg Bear is telling us is happening.
And even this tellin
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David
Sep 28, 2015 David rated it it was ok
In the front of the book, the publisher printed excerpts from several reviews. One said, "After a deceptively slow start in which Mr. Bear sows the seeds of his piquant premise..."

I guess it was "deceptive" in that briefly it seemed like the story would be about a political movement on Mars, then for a significant section it seemed as it it might be a personal drama with the Martian colony as a backdrop, then is seemed... There are a few background elements which have some relevance later in the
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Mk
Apr 28, 2009 Mk rated it really liked it
Hot damn Greg Bear knows what good is. Its not often I consciously love the protagonist of a first-person narrative. Casseia Majumdar was a very intriguing heroine, determined to lead Mars into its first actual government. Moving Mars details an arms race between two neighboring planets and that shit scares the fuck out of me.
Bria
Oct 28, 2008 Bria rated it really liked it
If you are having trouble getting in to this book, please, as a personal favor to me, stick with it. It is worth it! Eventually you will discover that you are still reading it without even noticing, and that its pages are wet with the salty tears of your unbridled optimism's disappointment that it is not real.
Aaron Harvey
Sep 24, 2013 Aaron Harvey rated it it was ok
Basically a tell not show young adult novel with a sudden extended burst of mumbojumbo science-talk at the end. I only finished this book due to the rather good review consensus here. Don't make my mistake.

If you're interested in Bear I recommend Slant.
Nick
Mar 01, 2013 Nick rated it did not like it
If it takes more than a 100 pages to pick up the story, it's time to drop the book. I would not suggest this book to anyone.
Ken Doggett
Oct 29, 2015 Ken Doggett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved/hated this book. Its primary concern in the early going is the development and growth of its main character, Casseia Majumda, until she's ready to take on the cataclysmic event that ends the book. The plot begins with Mars in an advanced settlement phase, not yet terraformed, but with many colonies of diverse cultures vying for political dominance. As it develops there are also intrusions into Martian politics, some of them lethal, by Earth factions wanting to maintain political dominanc ...more
Googoogjoob
Jan 20, 2016 Googoogjoob rated it liked it
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David
Apr 23, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The sub-title for this book, if it were non-fiction, would be The Memoirs of Casseia Majumdar. And like most memoirs, I found it dull. Sure, Casseia took some nice trips, did some cool things, and they would've been fine for ordinary people, but as a work of fiction, it wasn't all that entertaining. At least for the first 290 pages.

Don't get me wrong. I thought Casseia was a fantastic character, probably worthy of being included on the list of Top 100 characters of science fiction (if such a lis
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N
Aug 31, 2014 N rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) ''I had never been very comfortable with large ideas---astrophysics, areology, all seemed cavernous and dismal compared to the bright briefness of human history. In my studies I focused on the intricacies of politics and culture, human interaction; Charles I think preferred the wide-open territories of nature without humanity.''

2) '''Earth is really something,' Orianna said with a wonderfully languid blink. 'I see it a lot more clearly now that I've been to Mars.'''

3) ''The Moon hung clean si
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Nicholas Barone
Jul 25, 2011 Nicholas Barone rated it really liked it
I'd probably place Moving Mars right next to Blood Music as my favorite novels by Greg Bear. The story is set in the same universe as Queen of Angels, Slant, and Heads - some 130-140 years after the events of QoA and Slant, about 50 years after the events of Heads. The story references the events of Heads, and Jill (the first self aware AI and a main character in QoA and Slant) puts in a brief appearance, but like the other three novels, the plot of Moving Mars stands on its own.

The story follo
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Dana
Apr 14, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I actually read this book for the first time back in either middle school or early high school. I remembered liking it, so I bought it for my boyfriend when I saw it in a used bookstore many years later while in graduate school. I just reread it, and it is fascinating to me how much of it I didn't remember. What I had retained from the first reading was just a sense, a feel, an impression of what life would be like on Mars. I had grown up watching Star Trek and Babylon 5, so this was fun and int ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/520887.html[return][return]This Nebula winner is the autobiography of Casseia Majumdar, Martian stateswoman, who is at the heart of an independence struggle that ends up with the entire planet escaping not just politically but physically from the rest of the solar system. All kinds of resonances in here from sf's history - the three that came immediately to mind were Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, also his Red Planet and Asimov's very early short story, "The ...more
Eli Bishop
Nov 16, 2013 Eli Bishop rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-sff
As a huge fan of Greg Bear, I was surprised and dismayed by how much I really did not dig this book. There's no shortage of interesting ideas about Mars and physics and human society in the next couple of centuries, and Bear hangs them on a plot and a character that stand a chance of being involving, but the effect for me nearly all the way through is dry, airless— it's framed as a memoir by someone late in life, but it reads like the kind of memoir that's ghostwritten by someone without much in ...more
Christopher
Feb 16, 2011 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Very good science fiction! I didn't fully grasp the notion of 'Hard Sci-fi' until this book. I had heard the term but it didn't to describe sci-fi books I had read. After reading this book, I came to understand the term and realize that most or all of the sci-fi I have read up till now would be considered 'soft sci-fi'. WHile the story is pretty good, the science is what makes it great. It is rare that I feel awed at an authors depth and breadth of knowledge, but I often found myself feeling tha ...more
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.

http://us.macmillan.com/author/gregbear
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