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Red Planet Blues

Sawyer, Robert J.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Red Planet Blues
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"Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such 'revelatory and thought-provoking'* novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella 'Identity Theft' and his Aurora Award-winning short story 'Biding Time,' and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper... Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush. Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers--lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he'll dig up... "The Globe and Mail"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0425256820
9780425256824
Branch Call Number: SF SAWYER 2013
Characteristics: viii, 356 p. ;,24 cm

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Anyone on Mars who can afford it has their consciousness implanted into an android. Private eye Alex Lomax can't afford it, but has to go up against these powerful cyborgs in a classic private eye novel on the Mars frontier.


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Jul 01, 2014
  • 6ATE4are rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining with plot twists and humor.

mildly entertaining, but suffers from being neither fish nor fowl. and occasionally too cute by half.

May 08, 2013
  • OldDarth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Incorporating the first 10 chapters of Robert Sawyer's Identity Theft into this book, the story continues in this book answering all the dangling threads. This is a fun SF/mystery/noire mash up that pays hommage to stories like The Maltese Falcon. The ability to transfer bodies to artificially constructed bodies keeps you guessing until the end who is whom. And who will live or die. This is a change of pace from Sawyer's previous novels as it does not contain any big idea concepts and is focused mainly on human motivations. Rob's next book returns to the big idea concept and a very fascinating one at that. I eagerly anticipate that one but until then this is an excellent change of pace. Will we ever get to see Alex Lomax again? I wonder as his story does not seem finished...

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