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Moving Mars (Queen of Angels #3)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  4,952 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Sacrifice, revolution, the promise of freedom. These flood into the life of Casseia Majumdar, daughter of the Binding Multiples. Rebelling against her conservative family, the colonists who occupy Mars, Casseia takes part in the brewing revolution sparked by student protests in the year 2171. Meanwhile, her love life is in a very precarious situation, with her beloved Char ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 28th 1999 by eReads.com (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
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
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
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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,
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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
This thing about settling Mars always devolving into political strife has to stop...
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,
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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
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 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
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
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
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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Nikola Tasev
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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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.
Aaron Harvey
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
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.
David
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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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
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
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
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
Sara
Excellent and gripping. I just reread it; apparently first read in 1997 because a Chicago Metra rail stub was in it as a bookmark (!) but I barely remember it. Well drawn characters. Great to have the first person narrator not a scientist, but learning about science (including through an "enhancement") so the reader has an easy relatable gateway to the physics, geology, etc involved. The pace is perhaps a bit too slow in building and a bit too rapid in the dramatic scenes, but otherwise great!
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
Robert
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 technol ...more
Joy Felix
Deus ex Machina ending, and a bad one at that. I was pretty disappointed with the book - it had potential, but failed on so many levels. Save your money and buy Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series instead. Be hard Sci/fi or be fantasy. Don't write hard Sci/fi up until the last hundred pages and then switch to fantasy. He might as well have written that dragons and unicorns magically saved the day.
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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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