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Red Planet Blues

by Robert J Sawyer

Penguin Group Canada | March 25, 2014 | Mass Market Paperbound

Red Planet Blues is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.

Robert J. Sawyer presents a noir mystery set on a lawless Mars in a future in which everything is cheap and life is even cheaper...

The name’s Lomax—Alex Lomax. I’m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.
 
I’m trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers—lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I’ll dig up…

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 1.25 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143180118

ISBN - 13: 9780143180111

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An 'out-of-this-world' mystery novel Overall, this book succeeded in giving you the 'feel' that you are on a futuristic planet Mars that's been 'lived-in' and this adds to the atmosphere of the story. Red Planet Blues is an extension on a previous short story written by Robert J Sawyer, with the first 10 chapters covering the short story, and the remaining part of the book covering an extension of sorts of the original story. Well written and while it's not a mind-blowing novel, if you like a decent mystery, detective story, this will be a fairly good read with some interesting concepts to think about such as what would it be like if we could live forever. I'd give it 3 out of five for the mystery part and 4.5 out of 5 for the creativity.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Red Planet Blues

by Robert J Sawyer

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 1.25 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143180118

ISBN - 13: 9780143180111

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Robert J. Sawyer presents a noir mystery set on a lawless Mars in a future in which everything is cheap and life is even cheaper...

The name’s Lomax—Alex Lomax. I’m the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded here in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.
 
I’m trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, tracking down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, the corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers—lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when I uncover clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what I’ll dig up…

About the Author

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa on April 29, 1960, but raised in Toronto. In 1980, while still in high school, Sawyer submitted a short story to the the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which was running a contest for light show ideas. Sawyer didn't win, but the Museum purchased his story Motive anyway and it ran for 192 performances. Sawyer went on to attend Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, majoring in Radio and Television Arts. In September 1979, he had his first piece of fiction published at the end of his first year, in Ryerson's literary annual, White Wall Review. Sawyer graduated from Ryerson in 1982. Sawyer was hired back the following semester to teach television studio production techniques to second- and third-year students. In the four months interim, he worked for minimum wage at the local SF bookstore, spending all his earnings on books. From 1984 to 1992, while teaching, Sawyer also coordinated a social group of Toronto-area science-fiction writers founded by SF editor Judith Merril. He established a Canadian region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and in 1998, served as that organization's president. Sawyer also retained freelance nonfiction writing contracts, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, press releases and brochures for corporations, newsletters for government departments. He churned out vast amounts of promotional materials and over 200 articles for computing and personal-finance magazines in a span of
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Editorial Reviews

"In Red Planet Blues, [Sawyer] has successfully used his wealth of science-fiction lore to create an intriguing mystery novel, one that is bound to have readers hoping for more." - Waterloo Region Record
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