Red Dust

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It is the second year of the Emperor's silence, and a terraformed Mars is dying - the high, cold deserts expanding as lakes shrink and forests wither: But in a newborn spring, a young man sets out from the Bitter Waters danwei - unaware that his journey will carry him to the far ends of the planet... and beyond. A lowly Contract Agronomist Technician with a blood connection to the ruling Ten Thousand Years, Wei Lee's life-path is forever altered when he chances upon the crashed spacecraft of a runaway female ...
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It is the second year of the Emperor's silence, and a terraformed Mars is dying - the high, cold deserts expanding as lakes shrink and forests wither: But in a newborn spring, a young man sets out from the Bitter Waters danwei - unaware that his journey will carry him to the far ends of the planet... and beyond. A lowly Contract Agronomist Technician with a blood connection to the ruling Ten Thousand Years, Wei Lee's life-path is forever altered when he chances upon the crashed spacecraft of a runaway female anarchist. Agreeing to transport the prisoner deep into the Martian wild at his powerful kinsman's request, Lee soon discovers he has been cruelly betrayed - and that he, his charge and the future itself are all seriously imperiled. And so begins the strange odyssey of Wei Lee - as he follows the words and music of a rock 'n' roll demi-god across dry river and dust sea, toward an inevitable confrontation in information space with the true lord of the living and the dead. For myth, circumstance, and a viral kiss have transformed Wei Lee from man to reluctant deity - setting him adrift in a remolded world of cowboys, tribal Yankees and feral children... anointing him savior of a red planet doomed by a dread conspiracy of religious destruction born on a machine-run green wilderness called "Earth."

An agricultural researcher in internal exile on a politically repressive Mars rescues a survivor of a crashed spaceship. His captive infects the researcher with strange cultures that protect the researcher and set him off in search of his missing parents. As he travels he finds himself the central figure in an exploding revolution against the cruel Martian government.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is not so much a story of character as of place-specifically, the partially terraformed planet of Mars, nearly 600 years in the future. Through a kiss, Wei Lee, an ``itinerant agronomist technician,'' is infected with technoviruses that give him godlike attributes. One of the many side effects of the viruses allows Lee to tune in directly to the broadcasts of ``The King of Cats'' (Elvis by any other name) as Lee races around the planet, attempting to affect his own destiny and to release the trapped water that will make Mars fertile. During his journeys, Lee is rescued by yak-roping cowboys, meets with mutant dolphins, changes the nature of cyberspace and learns how to act heroically. McAuley (Eternal Light) is most successful in his wonderfully lively technology and in the way he melds the philosophies of the various cultures (Tibetan, Han, Yankee) that populate his Mars. The story bounces so swiftly from cavern to cyberspace that glitz, glitter and intriguing technical puzzles handily conceal the lack of depth; though this makes for a disorienting trip, it also ensures an exhilarating one. (Nov.)
Carl Hays
The early 1990s have witnessed a profusion of Mars-related sf, from Kim Stanley Robinson's "Red Mars" (1993) and "Green Mars" to Greg Bear's terraformation spectacle, "Moving Mars" (1993). Now one of the brighter lights in a new generation of innovative hard-sf practitioners adds his voice to the Martian forum. Here, after centuries of stifled terraformation efforts, the Martian landscape is reverting to its native red dust, and many of its citizens are voluntarily relinquishing their bodies to merge with a ubiquitous computer mainframe. While contemplating his own future, agronomy technician Wei Lee becomes caught in the cross fire of warring political factions when he rescues a captured female soldier from the enemy asteroid belt. As the devious agenda of his government is exposed, Wei Lee becomes a linchpin in changing the planet's ultimate destiny. McAuley's far-reaching vision comfortably brings together such diverse elements as cloning, nanotechnology, cyberspace, and novel political ideologies. Hard sf at its imaginative best.
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In this science-fiction odyssey, myth, circumstance, and a viral kiss alter the life-path of Wei Lee from mortal man to a reluctant deity who has been anointed savior of the Red Planet. By the author of Eternal Light.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688137939
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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