The Plot

(Critical Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Settlers on Mars develop a largely self-sustaining culture and economy that draws Earth’s suspicions and envy. Ultimately, they must move their planet to avoid mutual destruction. The story, told by Casseia Majumdar, begins when she impulsively joins students at the University of Mars in demonstrating against the Statist party, which wants to bring Mars under centralized control. The Statists are attempting to undercut the decentralized power of the Binding Multiples, the business clans that control the planet. Although the demonstration apparently fails, the Statist insurgents eventually flee to Earth.

During the demonstration, Casseia meets Charles Franklin, with whom she forms a close bond. She rejects his courtship, however, when she learns that he has applied to establish a Quantum Logic link with an Earth computer in order to study quantum physics.

Continuing her study of Govmanagement, she has the opportunity to join a group that travels to Earth to testify in the U.S. Senate concerning Mars’s economic links with Earth. After a journey of months in a fusion-powered craft, her group reaches Earth, which in the late twenty-second century has never been happier, despite an extraordinarily high population density. Constant therapy enables people to live in relative harmony, product and resource shortages are solved by efficient recycling methods, and political decisions are based on economic benefit.

Leaders on Earth seem...

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Literary Techniques

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

In Moving Mars Bear employs a first-person narrator, Casseia. The novel traces the maturation of Casseia, paralleled by that of a...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Moving Mars treats highly topical questions of genetic engineering and biotechnological intrusion into human life which should provoke...

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Social Concerns

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

In Moving Mars, Bear raises serious questions about the positive effect upon human values of science and technology by describing a...

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Literary Precedents

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Moving Mars lies within both the familiar, realistic tradition of literature, and the tradition of hard science fiction. Bear...

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Related Titles

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Moving Mars is a loose sequel to the novels Heads (1990) and Queen of Angels (1990). Both depict a twenty-second century, with Heads set on a...

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(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Both abridged and unabridged editions of Moving Mars are available on audiocassettes, read by Sharon Williams and published by...

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