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Polar City Blues
Katharine Kerr
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Polar City Blues (Polar City #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  300 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Polar City is the capital of Hagar, one of the few worlds on which the tiny, human-dominated Republic sits, squeezed between the Interstellar Confederation and the enormous Coreward Alliance. When an alien from the Confederation Embassy is murdered, Police Chief Bates faces an explosive situation.
Published (first published August 1st 1990)
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Nippy Katz
More like 3 1/2 stars than 4. It's a solid police procedural in a science fiction setting. Kerr writes believable dialogue and can develop characters. She knows how to move a plot along. The science fiction interest is primarily from a planet that has almost no water and the way the population adapts. She throws in two alien civilizations that are hostile to each other and who both would like to take over the human occupied region. The planet where the story takes place is occupied by 2 species, ...more
Jeff found this at the Library sale of books, it was a good find! I have really enjoyed it! It is an old fashioned science fiction story with several different alien species (but the action is focused on the humans) with an alien landscape (off earth colony) political intrigue (several species living together on the planet) cops and underground power brokers or operatives" who know the city better than anyone, Artificial Intelligence that becomes more and more aware, a space chase to save yet an ...more
Ice Bear
Great title, average read.
A really good sci-fi. Shows that the best books are about normal people in abnormal circumstances. The characters are really three dimensional and I like the crime/agent novel plot. The "universe" Kerr have built in this story is very credible and have some things that other sci-fi writers often forget or avoid, like social tension, racism, poverty and misery. She even manged to make the alien species credible, a thing many sci-fi writers fail to do.
A murder mystery, set in the future. I read this in high school, and really liked it. In fact, I had the feeling that it was part of a series, or maybe I just hoped it was, but never could find any more. I loved the pairing of the psychic and the cop (a novel idea at the time), I really just enjoyed all the characters, normal, telepathic, and alien.
I liked this book a lot. The alien enclave, the artificial intelligence, the registered Psychic Mulligan who cannot play baseball, where he was a star and Bobby Lacey, the ex fleet officer who knows everything that is happening in Polar city.

Its just a fun fun read, which is probably why every 5-7 years I crack it open and read it again.
Enjoyable read once you get past the annoying "ghetto speak" and random multiple viewpoints of mostly irrelevant characters in the beginning. Improves once things settle down and the viewpoint switches between the main protagonists police chief Al and Lacey The AI's stole the show though!
En helt schysst sf-bok. Kerrs första i genren, men det syns tydligt att det inte är hennes första bok. Starka karaktärer och fängslande handling. Ingen stark hit på något sätt, men allmänt läsvärd och intressant. En bra sommarbok helt enkelt.
Polar City Blues is a very competent crime thriller, and the alien angle in it works very well. The second book is not of the same caliber, but well worth reading if you like the first book.
Combines science fiction and baseball and deals with a bit of a twist: a strong female character and a male character who doesn't appear as strong, but is someone worth caring about.
Shannon Clements
Despite the inital awkwardness of the present tense narrative and dialect, it was an amazing story, one of the best I've ever read. Another winner for Ms. Kerr.
Really enjoyed this Futuristic novel. Learned a bit about American Baseball too !!!
Read the german edition in the early 90s.
Douglas Pine
very cool premise lots of fun
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Born in Ohio, 1944. Moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and has lived there ever since. Katharine Kerr has read extensively in the fields of classical archeology, and medieval and dark ages history and literature, and these influences are clear in her work. Her epic Deverry series has won widespread praise and millions of fans around the world.
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