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Red Moon

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  329 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews

American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China's Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding.

It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he
Hardcover, 446 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Orbit
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Brad Guy Frank? As in Frank Chalmers maybe? If so, Robinson would have to retcon his own history. By the blurb, it's "30 years from now", or about 2048. By…moreFrank? As in Frank Chalmers maybe? If so, Robinson would have to retcon his own history. By the blurb, it's "30 years from now", or about 2048. By 2048 Frank Chalmers had been on Mars for almost 20 years.

Or am I jumping to conclusions? 'Cos I do that a lot.(less)
Mike Tehnicaly,this novel is a sequel to his earlier work Antartica but it can be read as a stand alone novel.

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KSR is one of my favorite writers and even if I don’t always find the subject of his books to my liking, at least I enjoy his beautiful writing. This is the first for me which I did not like.

In a few words, it’s a heavy socio-political debate, with multiple references from Chinese culture and history, built apparently on a murder case on the Moon.

Page after page, following the convoluted path of the two main characters, an American and a Chinese, I kept wondering what happened to KSR writing st
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having loved Kim Stanley Robinson's previous novels, I jumped at the chance to read this one. The story is a fascinating one which explores the current international relations between the U.S. and China, relations that are becoming increasingly more hostile. It takes place both on the Moon and on Earth, with wonderfully vivid descriptions that immerse you in the settings. Refreshingly original, stunning, with an authentic portrayal of the Chinese culture, something I have always been intrigued b ...more
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Many readers will recognize in Kim Stanley Robinson the writer known for thought-provoking science fiction stories, especially for his award-winning Mars trilogy. How he is known to enlighten readers through hard science while having a wonderful grasp on character development is not uncalled for, and rare are the times his books do not spark an interest within the community. After all, everyone has to wonder what new story the man has to tell wi
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Red Moon is quality science fiction. I've often found myself enjoying the marrying of this particular genre with the Chinese culture and this was no exception as it proved to be interesting, entertaining and also a little educational. At it's heart it is a murder mystery which I certainly got caught up in, it just didn't rock my world like some sci fi has recently.

Now I am new to the author. I have heard spectacular things about Aurora in particular and funnily enough picked it up at the shop ab
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new book by Kim Stanley Robinson is always good news and I jumped on this as soon as it arrived - a fascinating story that follows growing hostilities between China and the US, and particularly within China itself, as it plays out on the Moon and on Earth. Three people are caught in the middle - an activist (inconveniently heavily pregnant), a celebrity travel reporter and an American engineer. The wonderful descriptions of the habitats on the Moon are the novel's greatest strength for me - or ...more
Christine Thompson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. If it was written by anyone else, I probably would have loved it. It was painfully light on science, and read like it was ready to be adapted for Netflix. And I would watch every second of that.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3,5 stars.

Despite some expert touches,mature understanding of politics ,vivid descriptions of lunar landscapes,very realistic depiction of near future and compelling characters,Red Moon is to long,uneven and a little boring.If you are Robinson fan (like me),then this novel is a must read,while to others I would recomend his much better books like Aurora or his epic Mars trilogy.
Patrick DiJusto
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Kim Stanley Robinson (henceforth, KSR) is one of the greatest science fiction writers who ever lived. He started writing novels in 1984, and one after another he kept hitting them out of the park. BAM! The Three Californias trilogy! BAM! The Mars Trilogy! BAM! Antarctica! Years of Rice and Salt! BAM!

And then in 2009 he released Galileo's Dream. Which I didn't care for.

And then he went right back to hitting them out of the park again! BAM! Science in the Capitol trilogy! BAM! 2312 BAM! Shaman. B
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 I thought this was great but I know why it’s not higher rated; as always KSR is very political which turns many off, plus he’s a socialist! So this has the usual KSR stuff but now we’ve expanded to the moon which gets caught up in the politics on Earth. I loved how this focuses on China, and I got an inkling into the different ways the Chinese mind views their country, history and philosophy so bravo. The plot moved quickly, lots of action. Plus we watch an AI evolve!
Nov 02, 2018 added it
Need to mull on this one a bit. An interesting and ambitious story but a little directionless. Review soon.
David Harris
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to Orbit for an advance copy of Red Moon.

Red Moon is a story of epic proportions, told through quite a narrow perspective. It's a story of the future, and necessarily science fiction, but also a story of people and politics, of the future of Earth and some of the great nations upon it. And also, of course, a story of the Moon.

Our guide into this story is Fred Fredericks, an engineer visiting the Moon to set up an entangled quantum communications device for a Chinese client. (In 2047
Hiu Gregg
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Red Moon is an interesting, ambitious, and very political book.

Set in the year 2047, Chinese and American space agencies have established bases on the moon for scientific research; the Chinese with a large colony on the south pole, and the Americans with a smaller colony on the north pole. Two of our main characters — communications engineer Fred Fredericks and travel reporter Ta Shu — are travelling to the moon for the first time, and we get to experience the wonder of that visit through their
Doctor Science
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hugo-poss-2019
Probably my favorite KSR so far. It's about the Moon, it's about China, it's about our present global politics. Rotating POV where one is autistic. It's a novel of ideas (of all kinds), but also about revolution, changes in political and earthly climate, poetry. Very likely to make my Hugo-nomination ballot.

I would really like to see a review from someone who's spent a lot of time in China and really understands it. The China stuff--characters, politics, worldview--seems plausible to me, but I k
Adam  McPhee
But now it appeared that everywhere in the world governments were suffering a crisis of representation. Possibly this was because it was all one system, which one could call global capitalism with national characteristics, each variation around the Earth marked by the remaining vestiges of an earlier nation-state system, but still making together one larger global thing: capitalism. When it came to those national characteristics, China had the Party, the US its federal government, the EU its uni ...more
Eliot Peper
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson is an epic science fiction novel that extrapolates the crisis of representation—that growing suspicion that our leaders are failing to represent us. The story follows the rebellious daughter of a Chinese powerbroker, a neuroatypical quantum engineer, an aging documentarian, an AI designer, and a frustrated Secret Service agent who all get drawn into a maelstrom of geopolitical intrigue that escalates toward all-out war. As they race between Earth and newly establ ...more
I liked all of this. I loved some of this. Especially this:

"Decay is inherent in all compounded things, persevere diligently." These were the Buddha's final worlds, or so they tell us."Continued perseverance futures," says the Yijing. Of course anything alive has to persevere, that's the definition of life. So these encouragements are possibly a bit stupid; I often feel that way, I should give up on them. Stating the obvious can sometimes be helpful, but usually, it's only irritating. One towns
Bryan Cebulski
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, solarpunk
Reading Red Moon made me feel like I wasn't paying attention when I swear I was. It feels like so much happens between the pages. There are whole murder mystery and political rebellion narrative arcs that are just off the in the periphery, happening far away, brought up and resolved in somewhat casual lines of dialogue.

I mean, there's a lot I like about it. Like, when's the last time a science fiction novel cited Edward Said? And despite his leaning on them too much at times, I enjoy KSR's diatr
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

After reading Aurora, I was kind of dreading reading Red Moon. But I am happy to report that no dread is needed while reading Red Moon.
John Day
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprisingly disappointed.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is only the third book by Robinson that I have read, so I may be judging it against too few examples. That being said, I found this one had more action and more dialog than the others that I have read. It wasn't as preachy, for lack of a better term, than others. However, I was quite disappointed in the ending, which seemed jarring and out of place.
Jul 18, 2018 added it
Shelves: own, arc, dnf
A slow start. I read 25 pages and put it down and had to start back from the beginning a month or two later. It's a character study but tons of stuff happens. And our 3 main characters really don't make a lot of sense. Well actually the online travel show ex-poet super-connected feng shui master makes a certain amount of sense. And a re-write of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress complete with newly formed AI. So there's a lot going on in this one. But it is readable and it is fully written - it doesn ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Red Moon (an admittedly clever play on the title of his most seminal work, Red Mars) is set in the 2040s in a future where the People’s Republic of China is the leading force in settling and developing the Moon. The story follows three primary characters – Ta Shu, a superstar poet/vlogger; Chan Qi, the pseudo-leader of a movement pushing for reforms of the Chinese government back on Earth; and Fred Fredericks, an American quantum communications engineer who is about as blank as a blank slate can ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was about 25 percent finished with this book, I read an NPR review that I disagreed with in some aspects. The review was outwardly favorable yet critical because the author interrupts the story many times to discuss various topics of interest to him (and presumably to his readers).

This is fine with me. "Red Moon" is not supposed to be an adventure thriller that follows long-established patterns found in trade literature. And there is no set of laws engraved in stone about how someone shou
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
i was toying around with a 2 star review here but even though the story was insanely dull and contained next to nothing that I ended up caring about, I had to keep this in perspective with the other 2 star ratings and realize this is still Kim Stanley Robinson writing so I mean it's not bad writting, it's just soooo far below what I would expect after reading the rest of his books that I was left dumbfounded when I finished that last page. There is a part of me that honestly feels like this boo ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars is probably closer to the mark here. While I enjoyed it well enough, I'd put it a bit behind New York 2140 (the previous KSR novel) but way ahead of Aurora (the second-to-most recent one).

The title will certainly get the attention of longtime KSR fans, but do not be misled, this is not a story about a bunch of long-lived geezers involved in elaborate soap opera relationships while terraforming the moon and discussing political philosophy. (Well, there's a bit of the latter actually!) T
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kim Stanley Robinson fans
This book moves at a slow simmer, even though early on an American quantum mechanic working for a Swiss company transporting a quantum communication device to the moon is accused of murdering a Chinese official that ordered the device and is taken into custody by the Chinese military. Even though it has some of the earmarks of a thriller, in some ways it seems more of a character study.

In addition to Fred Fredericks, we also meet Ta Shu, a former poet who now produces travel videos and posts th
Brad Bell
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I know this book will be polarizing to a lot of sci-fi fans but that’s be expected from Kim Stanley Robinson, his books never follow a template or play into what we think as traditional sci-fi. This book while taking place mostly on the moon, focuses mostly on the earth and the economic, political and societal upheaval that Robinson has arise out of desperation in China, and the shadow that castes over everything including the new scientific discoveries on the moon.

The book spends a lot of time
Jon Stone
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A minor, relatively breezy entry from KSR. The (very) near-future setting makes this read like current events at times, to its detriment. The author's research on Chinese politics seems thorough, and descriptions of Beijing and Hong Kong feel accurate to my experiences in those cities --- that is, as a white American with very little clue what's happening at any given moment. That the author masks this confusion by making the fish-out-of-water protagonist autistic and unable to read emotions or ...more
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his
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“the passenger compartment of this one goes right to the moon. The booster stage will come back down after your launch and land right over there.” She pointed across the concrete” 0 likes
“Analogies always deceive more than they reveal; I am no fan of analogies, I do not use them. Even metaphor, that mental operation we use with almost every word we speak, is slippery and deceptive. I always speak as plainly as I can.
And yet language, and therefore thought, is a strange and imprecise game of metaphors and analogies, one that we must play to stay alive.”
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