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Greg Bear is "a writer who is rapidly redefining the shape of the modern hard science fiction novel" (Keith Ferrell, Omni Magazine), and in Moving Mars he explores one very plausible scenario for the future of Earth's neighboring planet. Mars is a colonial world governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, brave, and intelligent, but held...more
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Published February 22nd 2008 by Brilliance Corporation (first published 1993)
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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
Lisabet Sarai
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,...more
Jason Ashlock
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
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.
Sean
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
Bryan
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...more
Mk
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
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.
Nicholas Barone
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...more
Warren Watts
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
Charl
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,...more
Dana
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
Christopher
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...more
Eli
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
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
Barry Behrmann
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Steve
Whole lot of stuff going on in this book: fascinating vision of Martian present and long past, love and romance, family, politics, youthful radicalism, human self-destructiveness, imaginative new physics. Yes, a bit overwhelming with all these themes, coupled with a bit slow until the last 20% or so. How slow? While Cassie, who narrates the story first person, and other key characters strong and engaging, they seem to evolve passively and predictably. All the same well worth it for the unique vi...more
Peter
An amazing surprise: A few years ago I came off Kim Stanley Robinsons Mars Trilogy with an appetite for more Mars. Walking into a bookstore there was a book called Moving Mars by Greg Bear. I knew off him, but had never read any of his work.

I was mesmerized by the far thinking plot of political struggle of the Martians as they try to seperate themselves from the domination of the Earth/Moon system. It actually made for good "continuation" of Robinsons colonization trilogy, because when we meet t

...more
James Boling
Second Read:
Wow. I can still remember a lot of details about a lot of books I have read a long time ago. But I wouldn't have known I had read this already - I didn't remember much at all beyond the title concept.

Incredible technology ideas in this book. And Bear kept this one relatively clean; I have put more than one of his down due to graphic sexual themes.

I am not one to try to get deep messages out of fiction; I just read to enjoy. But I can imagine that the author could have been speculatin...more
Bob
Readable and exciting, but the various science fiction elements involved (early Martian life and geology, interplanetary travel, and quantum physics) are connected by an improbable plot. He would have done better to separate these into stories, like Blood Music or semi-independent narratives, like Queen of Angels.
Jeff Brateman
It took a while to get going, and the chronology took away from how interesting the book could have been. I was reminded by The King of Torts by Grisham, where nothing happened, followed by several years, and then something still didn't happen. It wasn't until halfway through the book that I got excited to find out the real story and the meaning of the title.

Other than that, the concepts were interesting, and the drama unfolding was gripping. I liked the technical aspects in MM, and felt that i...more
Ilya
This is supposed to be a hard science fiction novel, but its characters move Mars 10,000 light-years just by the force of thought 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) wo...more
Steve Rippington
From a very slow start, Moving Mars builds up to a surprising page turner when it comes to the final furlong. Steeped in intrigue, Bear has painted a very intelligent picture of the politics of the future which are still quite believable despite the time that has elapsed since this was written. My only major criticism would be that the main character is not particularly likeable in the first half of the book, although my sympathy towards her grew as the story evolved. The best thing in this book...more
Brianna
Sep 05, 2010 Brianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, poli-sci majors
This has been one of my favourite sci-fi novels since I discovered sci-fi as a teenager. (It took me 3 reads to stop forgetting the implications of the title before I got to the last half of the book.)

The story is a reluctant politician's coming-of-age during a colonized Mars' coming-of-age. Bear paints Earth as the British tyrant to Mars' own "American Revolution", and it works very well.

There's hard science here too, but not so much that the storyline was lost. I've read some reviewers saying...more
Angela
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...more
Ohnojono
I just didn't like any of the characters enough to really care...
MacGregor
So, I finished this all of 5 minutes ago, and I'm just blown away. I liked Blood Music and Forge of God, but this one was incredible. Bear has an appreciation for the mystery and wonder of the human and the cosmic, and weaves them in a way that would make Arthur C. Clarke proud. Since reading Red Mars, Mars has become a sort of minor fascination for me, and I had been eyeing this book on my shelf for far too long. I should probably work more on this review later, but I had to get some thoughts...more
Liz
A few too many swear words in the beginning that almost made me put the book down. Then there was not a peep out of the flowery language field through the entire rest of the book. Then at the very end he had to drop the f-bomb. Ugh. My most hated swear word and of course it had to be at the end. I know this is not much of a review. The book was interesting with a little too much immersion into the world and technical lingo of physics and a laissez faire attitude toward traditions in intimacy whi...more
Netanella
An awesome book from beginning to end. It's the story of Casseia Majumdar, a Martian who enters a career in politics during a time when Mars seeks to gain independence from an increasinly hostile Earth bent on preserving her hold on Mars's natural resources. The book has everything you want for a great read - interesting characters you actually care about, politics, society, romance, physics - it kept me up late more than one night trying, not wanting to put it down. I'd recommend this to SF rea...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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