- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (22 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575602139
- ISBN-13: 978-0575602137
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,799,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Red Dust Paperback – 22 May 1997
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Red Dust is a Science Fiction adventure story set on a terraformed Mars in the far future.
About the Author
Paul J. McAuley won the Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel and has gone on to win the Arthur C. Clarke, British Fantasy, Sidewise and John W. Campbell Awards. He gave up his position as a research biologist to write full-time.
He lives in london.
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Red Dust is set on a far future Mars dominated predominantly by the Han Chinese, the Tibetans are an underclass who labored for generations to make Mars more like Earth, while the "Yankees" have developed into a nomadic people who sail across seas of dust; the "Sky Roaders" want to see the Mars terraforming project finished and are outlawed for their beliefs. Earth is depopulated and its environment is gradually reverting back to its pre-human condition, all under the supervision of The Consensus, who posses high technology which they use to parley favor with the rulers of Mars. "The Ten Thousand Years" as they are know, have halted the planets terraformation under the demand of missionaries from The Consensus, called "Conchie's".
The asteroids are anarchist regimes filled with rebels and dissenters from all over the system; one such rebel known as Miriam Makepeace Mbele makes planet fall, only to be found by a Han technician named Wei Lee, who is also a descendent of one of The Ten Thousand Years.
Wei Lee is infected by his new friend with a nano-virus which imparts him with great powers: they then set off on a great journey, with the aim of breaking the domination of The Ten Thousand Years and allowing the Martians to complete the transformation of their world. This quest forms the bulk of McCauley's book. Wei Lee is a strange yet likable protagonist, his love of Old Earth styles and Elvis Presley, make his a superb point of view through which the reader can enjoy the diverse and weird characters he encounters. Wei Lee and Miriam eventually, with the help of a young girl, inspire open rebellion against the Mars Government and their Consensus allies.
Red Dust is a rambunctious read, full of surprises and brimming with ideas. McAuley doesn't always hold the readers attention, but here in one of his earlier books, he shows he is willing to take big risks in an effort to produce something unique. One of the best Mars books of the 90's.
A total lack of focus here makes Red Dust McAuley's weakest novel to date - a novel with a plot difficult to understand and characters impossible to like.
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