Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved from " https: Articles lacking in-text citations from September All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata. Views Read Edit View history. And in the extension, you throw in a writer from Earth, a punk kid, the grand-daughter of one of the two men who found the alpha site and has his diary of clues, the sexy waitress, the man who got filthy rich buying and selling fossils, the scientist, and others.
There is also the truth of what happened to the two explorers neither died for the expected reasons. In fact, by the end things got so complicated that I was really having trouble keeping things straight. There's also a lot of consideration of souls. If you transfer your mind to an android body your flesh body is destroyed immediately , what about your soul?
What happens if your body is transferred to more than one android body? Which one is 'real'?
All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. I like Robert J. Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Dane Foster rated it really liked it Feb 24, Red Planet Noir has all of these elements in spades. Baines rated it did not like it. I learned a lot.
While this isn't my favorite of Mr. Sawyer's books, especially with the spaghetti strands of plot at the end, I still found it an enjoyable read, and I look forward to reading his next book. I totally get it. It's a mashup of 2 genres I love, Noir detective and Science Fiction I had every expectation that I was going to love this book. Maybe they were a bit too high, dreams of a Martian Blade Runner type of experience perhaps but this was definitely not the case.
By the end I was forcing myself to suspend disbelief just so I could get to the end. I won't give out spoilers abou I totally get it. I won't give out spoilers about what the Mars of tomorrow is like but I'll just say: I like Robert J. Sawyer but this one kind of left me for dead on the cold Martial sand.
Aug 18, [Name Redacted] rated it really liked it Shelves: A fun, solid sci-fi detective novel set in a future in which fossils have been discovered on Mars and human consciousnesses can be transplanted into immortal machines. It feels a bit cluttered and haphazard, what with the fusion of classic noir, Canadian gold rush, paleontology and Asimovian sci-fi elements, but that odd, incongruous melange is also what makes it so engaging. The protagonist is definitely not a GOOD man, but he's got a sense of honor and obligation to his clients which makes him A fun, solid sci-fi detective novel set in a future in which fossils have been discovered on Mars and human consciousnesses can be transplanted into immortal machines.
The protagonist is definitely not a GOOD man, but he's got a sense of honor and obligation to his clients which makes him worth following throughout the story. This is my second Robert J. Sawyer novel in as many weeks, and I think I'm picking up on a few constants which take me out of his stories. I enjoy his novels, but we'll see how long I can stand his repeated contentions that Canada is and will be!
It's one thing to love your homeland and sing its praises, but there's such a thing as going too far. View all 14 comments. Oct 01, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Classic Science Fiction with a touch of a private eye novel slammed together filled with clever Science Fiction ideas Why do people want to go to Mars?
For the fossils, of course None of this mining for minerals-- but ancient Martian fauna fossils are worth megabucks on Earth People transferring to new robotic bodies that don't need to breathe or eat, but have superhuman strength! The big red dome On top of that-- enough dead bodies to fill a Humphrey Bogart movie Clever at quips and gags A semi-adversarial relationship with the local desk sergeant.. A machine that shuts down robotic bodies, thereby ending the hope of eternity Enough chicks and romantic entanglements.. The first part of this novel was obviously a novella, as our hero solves a complex murder mystery and then watches it lead to a number of killings, etc.
Dec 14, Banner rated it liked it Shelves: Bottom line, this is a solid average work for Sawyer. Don't mean that as an insult, just an informed opinion. I recommend this as a fun, quick read; however, you will not find the depth and characterization that we come to expect from Mr Sawyer. This reads a little bit like a average Larry Niven story. A common theme is present, consciousness.
The ideas presented are interesting, but they are not as integral as I would have liked. The "gumshoe" aspect of the character was charming. Imagine Phili Bottom line, this is a solid average work for Sawyer. Imagine Philip Marlowe on Mars. Jun 04, Kurt Springs rated it really liked it. This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
Alex Lomax is the only private eye on Mars. People with enough money can transfer their conscious minds into an immortal, android bodies. This is an age where anything can be replicated. Much that was once valuable is now worthless. Their site has been lost for decades. Alex is a biological: He fled Earth to escape justice. The action is suspenseful, and some of the concepts are interesting. It once had liquid water and an atmosphere to support it. It may once have been home to primitive life.
Evolution on Mars came to an end billions of years ago. What if fossils of that life remained? What would they be worth to researchers and collectors? What if a mind could be copied onto computer chips? Would the android be the same person as the original?
Red Planet Noir is a combination work of crime fiction and science fiction written by American author D. B. Grady. The story starts off New Orleans with a broke. Red Planet Noir [D B Grady] on uzotoqadoh.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Indie Book Award for Science Fiction. Michael Sheppard.
Then add in the fact that the body is destroyed afterward. The background is interesting on the technical and scientific level. However, like many detective noir stories, the characters are formulaic and two-dimensional. This can either make the story boring or make it fun.
There is suspense, where anything can be waiting around the corner. While it was hard to get into, the story proved to be a fun read. Jun 05, Bryan Schmidt rated it it was amazing. Solid mix of noir and SF with captivating narrative voice and setting. Jun 08, Sooz rated it liked it. AND, i suspect he had a lot of fun doing so. Jun 14, P. Baines rated it did not like it. I really, really wanted to like this book. The premise was intriguing and the idea of combining an old-school detective story with sci-fi sounded like fun. Sadly, I was reminded why it is I don't read much sci-fi. There were a few laughs, but not enough to keep my interest.
By the end, I felt as if I had just wasted a week. A very disappointing effort from an award-winning novelist. I was expecting a lot more. I laughed out loud a couple of times. What I didn't like: Anger and frustration were shown by a swear or blaspheme. This started to annoy me after a while because this doesn't work. The author might as well have a character say: Feel empathy for me.
It was like being on a roller coaster that only goes downhill. The initial excitement was soon replaced by a sense of tedium. Too many names were thrown about and I soon lost track because there was no attention to detail. All the women were supermodel clones. While this stays true to the P. It was like listening to a series of stage instructions. She fell to the floor. The blonde reached for the gun and took aim This is described as being little more than an advantage for fossil-hunting!!
The author missed the mark here. This is a major plot point treated as an aside. If he wanted to incorporate something as desirable as immortality, he should have included some serious disadvantages, otherwise it just does not ring true. I was very disappointed. Judging from the other reviews, most people really like this book. I just didn't enjoy it at all. Some of the jokes were great, but the book as whole did not work for me. Jun 20, Jennifer rated it it was ok Shelves: Red Planet Blues was entertaining enough, and a quick read, but it never really excelled at anything, and therefore never came to life for me.
It also didn't end up being enough of a rip-roaring fun space adventure to make me overlook its mediocrity and enjoy the ride. In the end, it felt like a long string of action scenes that weren't keeping my attention, and I just wanted to finish the book and move on to something else. I think that Red Planet Blues might make an entertaining B-movie, but i Red Planet Blues was entertaining enough, and a quick read, but it never really excelled at anything, and therefore never came to life for me. I think that Red Planet Blues might make an entertaining B-movie, but in general, I wouldn't recommend it.
It also provided opportunities for the author to make old movie and music references in a self-satisfied manner. People laud Robert Sawyer for his hard science fiction, and I appreciated the scientific believability of his setting and story, but I wasn't overly impressed by his knowledge or imagination about the future. Any space enthusiast would be aware of Mars's reduced gravity and diminished atmosphere or could Google it or look it up on Wikipedia , and by extrapolation should understand, at least after the first explanation in the story, about some of the effects Sawyer feels the need to describe repeatedly.
The third thing that Red Planet Blues fails to excel at is raising complex, thought-provoking questions about what it means to be human in a time when the ability to transfer human minds into virtually indestructible bodies. While the issues are in Red Planet Blues , they're superficial, and the inclusion of androids is used more to make ridiculous fights, returns from the dead, and plot coincidences more plausible.
The author's bio makes him sound full-of-himself. I hope that his editor wanted him to make it like that, or that he was stuck in CV-writing mode, not that he just likes bragging about himself.
I just won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I'm quite excited and will hopefully receive the book in a few weeks. I'm actually a huge fan of Robert J. Several years ago, I switched from reading mostly fantasy, to mostly Science Fiction. Part of that reason was Robert J. I ended up picking up Illegal Alien and I was hooked immediately. After finishing it, I went out and found as many of his books as I could. Since then, I've been trying to find more and more Sci-Fi that questions I just won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Since then, I've been trying to find more and more Sci-Fi that questions the universe in a similar way.
I can't wait to start reading this book and plan on adding to my review once I finish it. So, I'm a few chapters in, and I'm pretty sure I've read the original novella this book started out as. Fortunately, it was long enough ago, that although the books is familiar when I read it, it's still foggy enough, that I don't really remember everything. That and the book expands on the novella, so I'm looking forward to reading the new parts.
Overall, an enjoyable book. It was definitely more mystery than SF and not the typical read for a Sawyer novel. I much prefer his speculative fiction though.
I want to read a book that asks questions about god and fate and humanity and this book was seriously lacking in that aspect. Take out Mars and the transfers and we have an ordinary detective story. Jul 29, Paola rated it liked it Recommends it for: This book was great! I've read "Flashforward" before, and I didn't really like it I thought it started dragging for too long , so I was scared that this book might turn out the same.
Clearly, it didn't, and I stayed up till midnight reading. Earth technology has long been able to synthesize previously valuable commodities, so these fossils instantly become the most valuable of collectibles; desperate treasure hunters flock to the Red Planet to take part in the Great Martian Fossil Rush. Lomax has been eking out a living amidst the failed prospectors, corrupt cops and other lost souls that populate New Klondike.
And walking among the human population is a growing number of what are called transfers human minds that have been downloaded into customizable robot bodies. These bodies can look like anyone or anything and they can ostensibly live forever. But Lomax's latest case looks like it might be too much even for him.
He's thrust into a situation where he's caught between a corporate rock and a criminal hard place, with no one he can truly trust on either side. Before he knows it, Lomax is swept up into a decades-old mystery that involves money, murderand perhaps the location of the biggest, baddest Martian fossil bed on the entire planet.
There's a richness of detail particularly in the descriptions of New Klondike that is particularly engaging. From the shady dive bars to the spaceships to the sweeping Martian plains, Sawyer paints a vivid picture. But it's his creation of Alex Lomax where Sawyer really shines. There's an obvious love for the noir detectives of the past here; by dropping this character into a future that is more grit than shine, the seedy spirit of literary gumshoes gone by is brought to glorious life.
Add to that a liberal dose of Sawyer's dry wit, awash with pop culture awareness, and you've got Sam Spade's spiritual cousin.