Red Moon

Red Moon

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It is twenty-five years since China established the first colony on the moon, and the lives of three people are about to collide. American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip there, his purpose to install a communications system for China's Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding. It is also the first visit to the moon for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any traveler. Finally, there is Chan Qi. Daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. She is on the moon for reasons of her own, but when she attempts to return home to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything - on the moon, and on Earth.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316262378
0316262374
Branch Call Number: F ROBINSON
Characteristics: vii, 446 pages ; 25 cm

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Nanten
Sep 10, 2019

Incredible book! I liked it even better than the Mars trilogy, and can’t wait for the next book in the series. A page-turner which presents many avenues of thought about humanity, cultures and the future. Very appreciative of the author’s skill and detail; knowledge of history and trends; portrayal of China; and love of science, philosophy, poetry and story.

KSR is a master storyteller. His novels keep getting better and better and better. Great book!

JessicaGma Feb 14, 2019

I got really annoyed by the ending as it just stopped very abruptly where I thought it may go somewhere else....at any rate, it was a good near future novel, and I feel like it could have a sequel, but it felt more like a short story where you leave unsatisfied by a twist.

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atwood_benner_cho
Jan 31, 2019

An interesting projection of what Chinese politics could look like in 2047, while really being a commentary on what's happening now. The way some things are described is a bit pedantic, but I suppose the author or editor figured people wouldn't know Chinese history? The pacing is a bit funny, too, but near the end of the book things are getting interesting.

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johnulee
Jan 01, 2019

lot of unexplained connections and too many coincidences.... action happens too quickly, i.e. couldn't happen that fast, misses a lot of the detail that goes into the action that would make it more plausible. But an interesting read on politics, not necessarily chinese politics....

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tjdickey
Dec 22, 2018

Red Moon reverberates with Yin and Yang: male and female, parent and child, moon and earth, empire and colony, Asian and Western, harming and restoring nature, even weaving in quantum entanglement.
Kim Stanley Robinson as ever, also offers strong underlying commentary on ethical issues on the frontiers of science (AI, machine learning, general intelligence), as well as politics (the surveillance state, economic injustice mirrored in both East and West, and the divisive politics of internal Chinese infighting approaching a Party Congress).

MWBalderstone Dec 03, 2018

Kim Stanley Robinson has been an author at the forefront of modern science fiction and his latest offering is further proof, if any was needed, that he still has so much to give the world of sci-fi. A compelling story that flows between Earth and the moon as it follows its three central characters who meet in peculiar circumstances and wind up at the centre of a revolutionary moment of a planetary scale. Ultimately, the book functions as a metaphor for the conflict that exist in 21st century political institutions as populations across the world are losing faith in the forms of government that presently govern them; the metaphorical nature of this book is particularly salient in the book's conclusion. Red Moon is another great piece of work from one of Sci-fi's modern masters.

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blacksmith_tb
Nov 19, 2018

This was a lot of fun, very much the normal Robinson themes, plus lots of interesting ideas about where China is heading, more optimistic than the "surveillance state" arguments we typically hear.

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7626dee
Nov 17, 2018

Excellent writing only downer is that this is obviously one of a series since there is no ending-reader is left hanging waiting for the next book. Good way for the author to sell books, sci-fi is famous for trilogies, hard on readers. One of the best writers in the field today.

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