Red Planet Blues

Red Planet Blues

by Robert J. Sawyer
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Red Planet Blues 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Trinitytwo More than 1 year ago
SciFi noir at its best! I knew I was onto something epic when Star Wars was referenced in the first few pages.  Alex Lomax is a futuristic gumshoe with an endearing penchant for old movies, topless barmaids, (one in particular who has caught his eye and a tiny piece of his heart), and snappy comebacks. He is as funny as he is  fearless. Red Planet Blues started out almost ten years ago as a prize winning novella called “Identity Theft." I am so excited that Robert J. Sawyer decided to give Private Eye, Alex Lomax a second chance in the lime light! This book is such a superb romp on the red planet that I reread it for this review with the excuse that I needed to check facts. The truth of the matter is that I may have fallen slightly in love with Lomax. His self-deprecating  humor amid murder attempts and mayhem have completely won me over. If possible, I’d hop the next spaceship and journey to Mars just so I could hang out with Lomax and have a few drinks, cognizant of the fact that I’d be buying. Sawyer’s delightful combination of action and humor make this suspenseful tale of crime on Mars one of my top reads this year.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Alex Lomax is the only private eye on Mars. A fan of old private eye films, he tracks the guilty among Mars’s inhabitants: failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and rich transfers. 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. Then Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly began the Great Mars Fossil Rush. Their site has been lost for decades. Alex is a biological: someone who has not gone the android route. He fled Earth to escape justice. When a transfer client comes to his office looking for her husband, he finds for himself just how far some people will go to locate Weingarten and O’Reilly’s Alpha site or protect its secrets. Review: Robert J. Sawyer has written a science fiction detective novel in the same vein as The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep. The action is suspenseful, and some of the concepts are interesting. The background is based on some of the theories of Mars’s past. 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? 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. There is action. While it was hard to get into, the story proved to be a fun read.
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ACM More than 1 year ago
I love the genre-bending.  A hard-boiled PI case in a sci-fi world.  Well done on both fronts and quite enjoyable.
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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Sawyer took one of his short stories from Identity Theft collection and expanded it to a full novel. The first part is that exact story with Mars gumshoe Alex Lomax being asked by a "transferred" woman to find her missing husband who was undergoing a "transfer." A "transfer" is scanning a person's brain to make a digital copy which is loaded into a type of cyborg body (note: if you want to argue the moral aspects of this you should check out Sawyer's book Mindscan). Whereas the short tale ended with the wrap-up of that mystery, Sawyer uses it as the set-up to continue the story into a 356 page book. Lomax is a likeable character even if he is "dark" at times when he skirts the law and may off a baddie without a care or even set up a scene to satisfy the Mars (New Klondike) Police Department. In this book he has a type of Robot sidekick, Rory Pickover who is a tranfer of a paleontologist who is a fossil excavator looking to chart Martian fossils. The baddies that come at them want the fossils for commercial gain. The book moves at a pretty rapid pace and Sawyer does try to employ some cliffhanger chapter endings to keep everything going for the reader. The science is a little week at times but just like the movie Total Recall, the reader simply does not spend too much time dwelling on things. Overall one of Sawyer's better recent efforts, far better than his last one, Triggers.
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BruceD More than 1 year ago
This books was full of suspense and much more. Lots of charm, speculation and humanism (even for the robot 'transfers') around the main action line made this book a very interesting read.  I like Alex Lomax, the noir private eye a lotas he was true to the old style movie/book noir with his humor and touch of classic camp. This could make a very unique and fun movie with all it's action and personality.