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Red Planet Blues Hardcover – 26 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256824
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Robert J. Sawyer is an absolute master of science fiction, and "Red Planet Blues" just adds more luster to his already towering reputation."--Mike Resnick, Hugo Award-winning coauthor of "The Cassandra Project"
"In "Red Planet Blues," Sawyer has found a highly original and fun way to pay homage to the great hard-boiled detectives of the past."--seattlepi.com
""Red Planet Blues" resurrects the noir mystery, the gold-rush western, and the science-fiction adventure and the result is a unique, fun story that keeps you guessing, keeps the pages turning, and manages to put a smile on your face every few pages, in spite of the pulse-pumping action and adventure."--"Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show"



Robert J. Sawyer is an absolute master of science fiction, and "Red Planet Blues" just adds more luster to his already towering reputation. Mike Resnick, Hugo Award winning coauthor of "The Cassandra Project"
In "Red Planet Blues," Sawyer has found a highly original and fun way to pay homage to the great hard-boiled detectives of the past. seattlepi.com
"Red Planet Blues" resurrects the noir mystery, the gold-rush western, and the science-fiction adventure and the result is a unique, fun story that keeps you guessing, keeps the pages turning, and manages to put a smile on your face every few pages, in spite of the pulse-pumping action and adventure. "Orson Scott Card s InterGalactic Medicine Show"

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From the bestselling author of FLASHFORWARD, meet the only private eye on Mars! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I love Robert Sawyers books, they are engaging and explain science in an entertaining way as well as expanding to the "what if".

This book is a departure from his normal style, it's a detective novel in space. The idea is OK, the story is good enough but it's the use of detective clichés I thought was a bit below Mr Sawyer.

That said, it is a decent enough read, just not one of his best so don't judge his output by this alone, or the USA TV version of "Flash Forward", which seemed to have almost no similarity with the book.
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Red Planet Blues" by Robert Sawyer is slightly different from the more Space Opera styled Science Fiction novels I normally read. The book is an interesting take of the 1940's era pulp noir detective novel set that has been expanded from his earlier short story entitled "Identify Theft". It tells the story of a PI named Alex Lomax working on a frontier gold rush styled town on Mars. When Lomax gets involved in a missing android case he can't anticipate the adventure he is going to embark upon which leads him to unravel a decades old mystery surrounding the location of a mother lode of valuable Martian fossils.

In terms of the story, it was a fun read and the world that Lomax has created was particularly interesting with its gritty, dark feeling and a subtle sense of desperation. It is very soft on the Science Fiction side of things which I think works well alongside the novel's pulpy feel. Despite this softness, Sawyer does still try and tackle some interesting issues such as souls and how they are affected by the transfer of people's consciousness into android bodies was nice to see although it isn't really an original concept.

There are a couple of weak points in the novel, the first of which is linked to the structuring of the plot. The novel feels like a collection of three individual short stories the author has tried to shoehorn together rather than being a well-structured overall story. In addition these three elements all felt very similar, Lomax would investigate a little before initiating some form of action packed chase and stand-off. I would have appreciated seeing a little bit more thought and development being evoked which may have helped avoid the repetitive feeling.
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The this books main thrust is a private investigator novel placed on Mars in the next century, the philiosphical conundrums around mind uploading and what it actually means to be an uploaded mind in a machine body were the most interesting parts of this book. Sawyer (as usual) mixes some interesting philosophy into his yarn.
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The usual brilliance from Mr Sawyer - do I feel a Mr Lomax trilogy coming?
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This is for a present so I can't comment on the content. It was requested by the person so I imagine they will be very happy when they receive it. Thanks
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