Moving Mars (Queen of Angels, #3) by Greg Bear

Moving Mars (Queen of Angels, #3)

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 Martians -- the second and third generations born on Mars -- have little lo...

Details Moving Mars (Queen of Angels, #3)

TitleMoving Mars (Queen of Angels, #3)
Release DateSep 5th, 2000
PublisherSt. Martins Press-3PL
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Moving Mars (Queen of Angels, #3)

  • Megan Baxter
    I kind of can't believe this book was nominated for a Hugo. I mean, Greg Bear is often a very good writer, and I've enjoyed previous books of his. Not this one, though. This one was just plain bad and there were several points where I thought about putting it down and walking away. When I was scrolling through my Hugo spreadsheet and realized that it had been nominated, I was flabbergasted.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to th...
  • 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...
  • Erin
    Now this is one of those books that was handed to me by a colleague and has sat unread on my bookshelf for possibly more than a year. But once I started reading, I was transported forward into Mars in the 22nd century. More of a political thriller with plenty of scientific information placed in to help the world building, humans don't appear to have evolved very much. Still lots of plotting and backstabbing and heartache. But it sure was a good s...
  • 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 th...
  • 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...
  • Karen’s Library
    Moving Mars is probably my favorite hard Sci-fi book I've read! Although the first half is mind boggling and full of politics and science that I didn't understand whatsoever, the 2nd half more than makes up for it with the breathtaking action. Again, as in the first six or ten times I've read this, as I flipped the last page, I let out the breath I've apparently been holding for hours! (Yes, I know I didn't really hold my breath for hours, but it...
  • Rui Carmo
    This thing about settling Mars always devolving into political strife has to stop...
  • 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 techn...
  • 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.
  • 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 lov...
  • Andy
    What a great read. You begin with a story, a psychology, an idiology and think, this book does a good job of understanding the human condition(s). Then the (red) rabbit hole deepens and you are taken into a science of scale that is wonderous and frightening. The results of which create the mess and subsequent liberation of Mars.I was truly enthralled the whole time. This book in itself could have been broken up into a few volumes and a number of ...
  • 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 fai...
  • Ushan
    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....
  • 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 o...
  • 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.
  • Betsy Braun
    Wow! An amazing tale of politics, personalities, passions and patriotism. A great lesson in developing new technologies that upset the balance of society. Great heroine, really challenging science. A whopping good read!
  • Jean Corbel
    Verbose, political acumen poor, characters stupid beyond ridiculous. Bear at his worse.
  • Warren Watts
    As a fairly regular reader of science-fiction, I had seen many of Greg Bears 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 dont 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. ...
  • 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 Be...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Stephen M Vakil
    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 coul...
  • 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.
  • David Brasher
    I quit reading this book at the point where the scientists made a discovery and learned that they had the power to do practically anything, just like magic. I wanted to read a hard science fiction book, not a badly-done fantasy.
  • Mike Franklin
    What Greg Bear does well is hard science fiction, what he doesnt do quite so well is intimate relationships between his characters and this is no exception; the first quarter of Moving Mars is an unnecessarily long drawn out account of the angst ridden first love of its main protagonist Casseia Majumdar. I found it painful to read and it almost stopped me continuing but Im glad I persisted because it did eventually develop into an excellent work ...
  • Steve
    Greg Bear put together a political thriller that morphs into a pretty deep science fiction book with "Moving Mars". There are some pretty heady ideas in here, but you've got to be patient to get to some of the wildest ones and plow through some cut-and-dry romance business along the way. Read this book if you like the idea of interplanetary politics or want to check out some life on Mars action without reading through how it was all set up.I'm in...
  • DaniLanglie
    This is definitely my favorite of all Greg Bear books I've read. I really liked the world-building, and I found the protagonist compelling and driven. Hard science fiction is never really going to be my thing, but I can appreciate when it's done well, and it's done well here.The novel started a bit slow for me. I wasn't a big fan of the first few chapters. Honestly, I find Charles pretty insufferable as a character, so it wasn't until Casseia was...
  • Steven
    I've owned this book for years. Whenever I started to read it, I lost interest or another book pulled me away. This time I finished it.The first 85% of the book was somewhat tedious for me, but that is what builds the foundation for the last 15%. The last 15% made me forget the tedious beginning. Mars is colonized by Earth. Economic needs keep Mars under Earth's control. By the third generation of Martians they want to become independent from Ea...