Red Moon
IT IS THIRTY YEARS FROM NOW, AND WE HAVE COLONIZED THE MOON. American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, 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 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. She is the 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 to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything - on the moon, and on Earth. RED MOON is a magnificent novel of space exploration and political revolution from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson. For more from Kim Stanley Robinson, check out: New York 21402312AuroraShaman

Red Moon Details

TitleRed Moon
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherOrbit
ISBN-139780316262378
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Red Moon Review

  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Having loved Kim Stanley Robinson's previous novels, I jumped at the chance to read this one. The story is a fascinating one which explores the current international relations between the U.S. and China, relations that are becoming increasingly more hostile. It takes place both on the Moon and on Earth, with wonderfully vivid descriptions that immerse you in the settings. Refreshingly original, stunning, with an authentic portrayal of the Chinese culture, something I have always been intrigued b Having loved Kim Stanley Robinson's previous novels, I jumped at the chance to read this one. The story is a fascinating one which explores the current international relations between the U.S. and China, relations that are becoming increasingly more hostile. It takes place both on the Moon and on Earth, with wonderfully vivid descriptions that immerse you in the settings. Refreshingly original, stunning, with an authentic portrayal of the Chinese culture, something I have always been intrigued by, this novel was exhilarating!At its core, this is an exceptionally thrilling murder mystery, and there were many intense and suspenseful moments littered throughout the novel. Although this was entertainment of the highest order, I felt that some of the author previous books were actually more successful in terms of the exploration of different topics. There is certainly plenty of action, the three main characters are beautifully painted and each very different from one another. With a writing style that is easy to follow and engage with, exploration of politics and artificial intelligence within the context of the story and colonisation and its causes and effects, this was an exciting and unputdownable speculative sci-fi work. I look forward to reading more from him in the future. Highly recommended.Many thanks to Orbit for an ARC.
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  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    January 1, 1970
    Red Moon is quality science fiction. I've often found myself enjoying the marrying of this particular genre with the Chinese culture and this was no exception as it proved to be interesting, entertaining and also a little educational. At it's heart it is a murder mystery which I certainly got caught up in, it just didn't rock my world like some sci fi has recently.Now I am new to the author. I have heard spectacular things about Aurora in particular and funnily enough picked it up at the shop ab Red Moon is quality science fiction. I've often found myself enjoying the marrying of this particular genre with the Chinese culture and this was no exception as it proved to be interesting, entertaining and also a little educational. At it's heart it is a murder mystery which I certainly got caught up in, it just didn't rock my world like some sci fi has recently.Now I am new to the author. I have heard spectacular things about Aurora in particular and funnily enough picked it up at the shop about a week before this arrived. I put that on hold in favour of this but after chatting with a few of his fans have heard various comments suggesting that some of the elements of Red Moon have been explored before, and more successfully, in previous books. While I don't see myself going back to the beginning I enjoyed Kim's writing and the themes being explored so I will definitely be picking up Aurora again and giving it the time it deserves.I received an Advance Reading Copy from Orbit. It did not affect my review.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    A new book by Kim Stanley Robinson is always good news and I jumped on this as soon as it arrived - a fascinating story that follows growing hostilities between China and the US, and particularly within China itself, as it plays out on the Moon and on Earth. Three people are caught in the middle - an activist (inconveniently heavily pregnant), a celebrity travel reporter and an American engineer. The wonderful descriptions of the habitats on the Moon are the novel's greatest strength for me - or A new book by Kim Stanley Robinson is always good news and I jumped on this as soon as it arrived - a fascinating story that follows growing hostilities between China and the US, and particularly within China itself, as it plays out on the Moon and on Earth. Three people are caught in the middle - an activist (inconveniently heavily pregnant), a celebrity travel reporter and an American engineer. The wonderful descriptions of the habitats on the Moon are the novel's greatest strength for me - original and stunning. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights.
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  • Christine Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. If it was written by anyone else, I probably would have loved it. It was painfully light on science, and read like it was ready to be adapted for Netflix. And I would watch every second of that.
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    DNF.
  • Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    A slow start. I read 25 pages and put it down and had to start back from the beginning a month or two later. It's a character study but tons of stuff happens. And our 3 main characters really don't make a lot of sense. Well actually the online travel show ex-poet super-connected feng shui master makes a certain amount of sense. And a re-write of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress complete with newly formed AI. So there's a lot going on in this one. But it is readable and it is fully written - it doesn A slow start. I read 25 pages and put it down and had to start back from the beginning a month or two later. It's a character study but tons of stuff happens. And our 3 main characters really don't make a lot of sense. Well actually the online travel show ex-poet super-connected feng shui master makes a certain amount of sense. And a re-write of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress complete with newly formed AI. So there's a lot going on in this one. But it is readable and it is fully written - it doesn't seem to be a sketch. And it has some interesting tech and interesting politics. It is near-future which is always risky and is also right now. Not bad, perhaps the best Robinson I've read in awhile. Reviewed from an ARC - Advance Reading Copy.
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  • David Harris
    January 1, 1970
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book (thanks Nazia!)Stross's Laundry Files are now, I think, his most numerous and long lasting series, running to eight or nine novels (with The Labyrinth Index) and several novellas and short stories (depending how you count the stories in The Atrocity Archives, the first book).While always having at its centre The Laundry itself, the UK's occult service ("occult secret service" would be a tautology, no?) which is lovingly portrayed wit I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book (thanks Nazia!)Stross's Laundry Files are now, I think, his most numerous and long lasting series, running to eight or nine novels (with The Labyrinth Index) and several novellas and short stories (depending how you count the stories in The Atrocity Archives, the first book).While always having at its centre The Laundry itself, the UK's occult service ("occult secret service" would be a tautology, no?) which is lovingly portrayed with all its bureaucratic quirks and terrors, the books really come into their own in disassembling and rebuilding the Lovecraft mythos to fit a world of coders, geeks and cubicles. Stross has lots of fun with this (and with geek culture more generally) but there's no disguising the cosmic horror that increasingly hangs over these books.As The Labyrinth Index opens with a particularly chilling execution scene, CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN is active and the Laundry has fallen, with the Black Pharaoh, N'yar Lat-Hotep, assuming power as the UK's Prime Minister. The New Management is in charge, the lesser of two evils, apparently. Well, at least it's a change from the previous Government, and should liven things up? They can't really be that bad?I mean, things can't get any worse, can they?Can they...?I really take my hat off to the way Stross has followed through the logic of power politics to root his Lovecraftian singularity in a firmly credible, modern day setting. The world of the Laundry Files is not all crazed cultists in the woods but well-financed televangelists, crooked bankers and, of course, venal politicians. Very much like our own. And over the series the cast of characters in these books has expanded to reflect this, Stross introducing not only new human members of the Laundry staff but elves, vampires and superheroes too, all of it plausibly done with explanations for everything rooted in the idea that computation is magic.In The Labyrinth Index, the Prime Minister commands His servants to investigate why the US President has gone missing. A complex, if desperate plan is devised to infiltrate the United States (with the US equivalent of the Laundry referred to as the Nazg├╗l, the line "One does not simply walk into Mordor" can be deployed unironically...) The activity here is underpinned by the usual meticulous degree of research, and it could, you know, all perfectly well work, given the premise of computational demonology.Central to all this is Mhairi, the PHANG who did actually appear in The Atrocity Archives but then faded from sight for a while. She has the central role in this book, as Baroness Karnstein, the new PM's fixer but is supported by, for the first time, pretty much everyone we've met so far (including an elven vampire necromancer who's on the autistic spectrum. Great to meet you, Marisol!) In fact almost the only regular characters we see little of are Bob, who has new responsibilities as avatar of the Eater of Souls, and Mo. Hopefully they'll be back again soon but in the meantime it's good to see this story told through other eyes. Mhairi is an engaging lead, concealing a fair amount of her history from us but also clearly wracked by shock and guilt that she has to consume blood to live.Guilt is fairly widespread in fact as the very act of submitting to N'yar Lat-Hotel takes its toll, even if He is a relatively sparing Lord. In the USA the Black Chamber have taken a different tack, and for once it's hard to argue that our friends in the Laundry are on firmer moral ground, even if the entity they deal with seems less far reaching in His evil. All choices are bad, everything leads to ruin, seems to be the subtext.But while the world merrily rattles off to Hell in its accelerating handcart, we can still have some fun - the bone violin plays a good jig - and The Labyrinth Index serves plenty of that up, whether you're into a solid, clever plot, sly humour with a point (there's a running gag about the problems in the US - when people go to sleep, they forget who the President is, allowing his enemies to write him out of reality. So there are plenty of allusions to those who know what's going as being "awake"... but not everyone wants to be awake...) or just excellent storytelling.At the same time, the book moves us forward into Stross's Apocalypse. The tipping point in this universe was reached, I think, a couple of books ago, but so far it hasn't been clear what exact form the catastrophe might take. Now things seem to be getting clearer, and the pace picking up.In short this series shows no sign of tailing off, rather it seems to be getting stronger and stronger. I really can't wait to see what Stross serves up next.
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  • Jonna Higgins-Freese
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I confess I'm not currently reading -- yet. Picking it up in 4.5 hours -- but I can't wait to read for 30 minutes before heading back to another work event this evening!
  • Haroonal Khan
    January 1, 1970
    Completed reading Red Mars a few months ago and loved it. Plausible landing, exploration and habitation of Mars, success and failures. Looking forward to reading Green Mars, which explored colonisation and terraforming. Then onto Blue Mars --> Red Moon.
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