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Moving Mars

Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Greg Bear
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date 1993
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 448 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-312-85515-X

Moving Mars is a science fiction novel written by Greg Bear. Published in 1993, it won the 1994 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for the 1994 Hugo Award in the same category. The main focus of Moving Mars is the development of Casseia Mujumdar, the main character. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Tor Books is an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ...


Plot introduction

The book begins with a comparison of Mars to Earth, and continues into the story. Casseia Mujumdar is the narrator, and is old when she writes her account of Mars' past in the form of a diary. Students angered at the breaking of their contract with the University of Mars, Sinai, start a protest and plan to storm the university (only a small number of students). Eventually, Casseia emerges as a leader. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ...


The politics in this book deal with the "Triple", the combined economy of Earth, the Moon, and Mars. On Mars the first colonists formed families, which developed into larger family-units called Binding Multiples (BMs). The BMs were fashioned after the Lunar system, and were being threatened to be toppled out of power by Statists, people who want a unified Mars under a centralized government. This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article is about Earths moon. ... Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ...


The attempted coup by the students ends in a stalemate and the story picks up a few years later when Casseia is more mature. She does not necessarily regret her actions in the attempted revolution, but continues to be haunted by their consequences. She eventually emerges as a fledgling politician in her BM, and wins a trip to Earth with her BM's representative to discuss the situation between Earth and Mars, which is getting increasingly worse.


The situation between Earth and Mars is a scaled-up version of her experiences at the University years earlier. The students had their rights (seemingly) unfairly revoked and were trying to take them back by force if they had to. In the Earth-Mars, conflict, the Earth wanted the Martians to take on their centralized government system to promote more cooperation between the two planets. Martians saw this as tyranny, and their pioneer spirit resisted remote authority.


Meanwhile, one of Casseia's friends from the student revolution discovered a radical new technology that has the possibility of turning the tables on the conflict.

Preceded by
Red Mars
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Nebula Award for Best Novel
1994
Succeeded by
The Terminal Experiment
by Robert J. Sawyer

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