Mass Market Paperbound
352 pages, 6.85 × 4.34 × 1 in
March 25, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0425256413
ISBN - 13: 9780425256411
Read from the Book
ONEThe door to my office slid open. “Hello,” I said, rising from my chair. “You must be my nine o’clock.” I said it as if I had a ten o’clock and an eleven o’clock, but I didn’t. The whole Martian economy was in a slump, and even though I was the only private detective on Mars this was the first new case I’d had in weeks. “Yes,” said a high, feminine voice. “I’m Cassandra Wilkins.” I let my eyes rove up and down her body. It was very good work; I wondered if she’d had quite so perfect a figure before transferring. Peo¬ple usually ordered replacement bodies that, at least in broad strokes, resembled their originals, but few could resist improving them. Men got more buff, women got curvier, and everyone modified their faces, remov¬ing asymmetries, wrinkles, and imperfections. If I ever transferred my¬self, I’d eliminate the gray in my blond hair and get a new nose that would look like my current one had before it’d been broken a couple of times. “A pleasure to meet you, Ms. Wilkins,” I said. “I’m Alexander Lomax. Please have a seat.”She was a little thing, no more than 150 centimeters, and she was wearing a stylish silver–gray blouse and skirt but no makeup or jewelry. I’d expected her to sit with a fluid catlike movement, given her delicate features, but she just sort of plunked herself into the chair. “Th anks,” she said. “I do hope you can help me, Mr. Lomax. I really do.”Rather than immediately sitting down myself, I went to the coff ee¬maker. I filled my own mug, then offe
From the Publisher
Incorporating the Hugo & Nebula award–nominated novella “Identity Theft”
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 lives in Toronto. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, as well as the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for mystery fiction. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. He is also the author of the WWW Trilogy (WWW: Wake, WWW: Watch, WWW: Wonder), Illegal Alien, and Triggers.
“Robert J. Sawyer is an absolute master of science fiction, and Red Planet Blues
just adds more luster to his already towering reputation.”—Mike Resnick, Hugo Award–winning coauthor of The Cassandra Project
“In Red Planet Blues
, Sawyer has found a highly original and fun way to pay homage to the great hard-boiled detectives of the past.”—seattlepi.com
“Red Planet Blues
resurrects the noir mystery, the gold-rush western, and the science-fiction adventure and the result is a unique, fun story that keeps you guessing, keeps the pages turning, and manages to put a smile on your face every few pages, in spite of the pulse-pumping action and adventure.”—Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show