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Red Moon

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  194 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 too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any
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)
Murilo Queiroz If it's a stand-alone book, it's a pretty bad one, because the book doesn't have a proper ending, it just "stops" without any closure.

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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
Let's be real here. I didn't come to KSR's dinner table for a simple adventure story.

I always come to eat a novel so rich with ideas that I tent to forget that there's a core story underneath all the cool bits of political revolution, economic warfare, the problem of representation, quantum intelligence, cultural identity, and of course... CHANGE.

But like a rice dish with WAY too many spices, the core story to this novel is somewhat overwhelmed by this plethora of great ideas.

Did I enjoy the ch
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
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
A geopolitical allegorical story using the trappings of mid-21st century colonization of the Moon.

Fred Fredericks, a quantum mechanic, as he arrives at the Chinese moonbase at the Moon's south pole where he gets caught up in an assassination, nearly dying himself. He gets linked up with a pregnant young Chinese woman, Chan Qi, who has her own problems with the authorities. The story follows the two of them as they bounce between the Moon and various places there, China on Earth and back to the M
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

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
Rachel (Kalanadi)
This was a bit disappointing - not a bad story, not badly told, but rather average, a little too vague, and not what I thought I was getting based on the title. Red Moon? Well, it's about a possible social/economic revolution in China, so I get the "Red" bit. But the fact that the characters get ping-ponged back and forth from the Earth to the Moon didn't seem to matter that much. They're on the run - just some of it is in a more exotic and alien setting than others.

So, frankly, I was bored. I n
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and half stars

(my apologies for mistreating the English language)

Excellent ideas, good characters, but not a great-great story, or not enough captivating for me at least, if we except the last chapters. In two thirds of the novel it seems that the worldbuilding deserves a better plot (or more epic maybe) but at the end the whole story improves and all haves more sense.

As usual in the author, there are frequently infodumps (generally they are interesting and does not disturb the reading),
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

We open with a murder on the Moon (which is largely Chinese). Strange characterization of one of our main characters - does he receive any at all? By far the most interesting narrator is the elderly poet/travel guide Ta Shu. Suffers a bit at the end from deus ex machina. (view spoiler) Very abrupt ending.
 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.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: speculative
Too formulaic, too transparant. It seems like KSR is stuck in automatic mode in this part of his carreer - or maybe by now I know him too well as an author. Either way, I'm sad to say I DNFed after about 100 pages, totally bored.

Longer reviews & analysis on Weighing A Pig...
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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Moon kicks off on the moon but quickly starts hopping locations! :D With Red Moon being an analogy to China and rebellion which becomes clear as the book shows it colours! :D The book is told primarily from the perspectives of Fred Fredericks an American Quantum Computer Engineer, Ta Shu a Chinese travel celebrity/blogger and through Chan Qi who is almost from what one one could consider royalty in China as she is the daughter of Chan Guoliang the Finance Minster! :D The characters are all v ...more
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 23, 2018 rated it liked it
108th book for 2018.

I love KSR. I started reading him when he first started publishing short stories and so am always happy when he publishes a new book.

Unfortunately, this is not one of his better books. His characters are OK, but even more one-dimensional than normal. My favorite character in fact was a primitive AI. His descriptions of the Moon was OK, but again nothing really special.

The plot itself is (largely) a strange sort of roadtrip, bouncing a pregnant Chinese activist/princeling an
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
Debbie Notkin
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best page-turner Kim Stanley Robinson has ever written, without sacrificing any of the depth and complexity I read his books for. The year is 2047, the moon is inhabited – mostly by Chinese scientists, but also some American scientists and some multicultural anarchists. The primary viewpoint character, Fred Fredricks, is a clueless tech guy who is basically running an errand to the moon. Through no fault of his own, he gets accused of a murder which is part of a very complicate ...more
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
Nov 02, 2018 added it
Need to mull on this one a bit. An interesting and ambitious story but a little directionless. Review soon.
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
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I normally love the author's work, but this book did not work for me.

One of the main characters was too obviously the fish out of water used by the author to explain everything, and this character's constant inability to accept anything or solve any problems without asking for an explanation, or sudden leaps of unsupported exposition was incredibly wearying.

Most of the references to the Chinese (people, politics, culture) read like the diary of someone who excitedly visited the country once, an
Viv JM
DNF @ 5 hours. Just not grabbing me right now.
I found that the beginning had some interesting parts and the end had some interesting parts. But the middle was so boring. If about 100 pages or so of this book had just not have been in it, I would have loved this book. But instead there was tons of times where I had no idea what I was reading. I reread so much.
The book blurb promisest that "Red Moon is a magnificent novel of space exploration and political intrigue" but no, magnificent is too far a reach for this novel which burdens a weak cast with the herculean task of melding China's socio-political history with a future where it's the dominant space power on the eve of its next cultural revolution - where the displaced internal Chinese migrants rise up to demand a voice.

The action passes back and forth between two characters the author feels comf
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
This is a great audiobook and a quick listen. I knocked it out in 6 days. KSR is great at developing AI characters. I loved the advancement of I-330. This definitely seems to be a continuing theme in his works. His exploration of their development and the difference in their understanding of the cosmos really makes his works stand out. I could see the challenge of this accidentally coming off incredibly hokey but he succeeds in making I-330 believable.

I've now read three KSR novels. Red Mars an
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
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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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