by Greg Bear
Cover Artist: Wayne Barlowe
Review by Paul Haggerty
Orb Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318237
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
When in the course of human events, one planet tries to exert undue control over another, the smaller planet sometimes has to resort to desperate measures. This is the status quo of the world of Moving Mars by Greg Bear. Mars has been settled for a hundred years or more and the founding families have formed a networked society with complex obligations and privileges. But to Earth, there's no single point of contact to deal with. And having to herd the Martian cats to get any kind of deal made is driving them crazy. Obviously the only thing to do is to trick them into giving up their way of life and create a unified planetary government. And if trickery doesn't work, then there's always force. Earth may have out grown it as a nasty habit of lesser society's, but let's not forget that old habits are extremely easy to pick back up. From official release/information:
Amazon.com: In this 1995 Nebula Award-winning novel, a revolution is transforming the formerly passive Earth-colony of Mars. While opposing political factions on Mars battle for the support of colonists, scientists make a staggering scientific breakthrough that at once fuels the conflict and creates a united Mars front, as the technically superior Earth tries to take credit for it. Backed against a wall, colonial leaders are forced to make a monumental decision that changes the future of Mars forever.
(Source: Orb Books)