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Red Planet Blues a book

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A Science Fiction Detective thriller by Robert J. Sawyer

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 … see full wiki

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Like a SciFi Mickey Spillane Novel!

  • Sep 17, 2013

Sawyer took one of his short stories from Identity Theft collection and expanded it to a full novel.  The first part is that exact story with Mars gumshoe Alex Lomax being asked by a "transferred" woman to find her missing husband who was undergoing a "transfer."  A "transfer" is scanning a person's brain to make a digital copy which is loaded into a type of cyborg body (note: if you want to argue the moral aspects of this you should check out Sawyer's book Mindscan).  Whereas the short tale ended with the wrap-up of that mystery, Sawyer uses it as the set-up to continue the story into a 356 page book.

Lomax is a likeable character even if he is "dark" at times when he skirts the law and may off a baddie without a care or even set up a scene to satisfy the Mars (New Klondike) Police Department.  In this book he has a type of Robot sidekick, Rory Pickover who is a tranfer of a paleontologist who is a fossil excavator looking to chart Martian fossils.  The baddies that come at them want the fossils for commercial gain.

The book moves at a pretty rapid pace and Sawyer does try to employ some cliffhanger chapter endings to keep everything going for the reader.  The science is a little week at times but just like the movie Total Recall, the reader simply does not spend too much time dwelling on things.

Overall one of Sawyer's better recent efforts, far better than his last one, Triggers.

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September 18, 2013
sounds like this book could be adapted to a screenplay
September 18, 2013
My thoughts exactly. Thinking about Total Recall. This one could be like that.
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