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Name: Ares Express

Author: Ian McDonald
Year: 2000


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Genres/categories: Science fiction

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A Mars of the imagination, like no other, in a colorful, witty SF novel, taking place in the kaleidoscopic future of Ian McDonald's Desolation Road, Ares Express is set on a terraformed Mars where fusion-powered locomotives run along the network of rails that is the planet'??s circulatory system and artificial intelligences reconfigure reality billions of times each second. One young woman, Sweetness Octave Glorious-Honeybun Asiim 12th, becomes the person upon whom the future'??or futures'??of Mars depends. Big, picaresque, funny; taking the Mars of Ray Bradbury and the more recent, terraformed Marses of authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Greg Bear, Ares Express is a wild and woolly magic-realist SF novel, featuring lots of bizarre philosophies, strange, mind-stretching ideas, and trains as big as city blocks. REVIEWS '??Ares Express is a long, adventure-filled, extravagantly colorful, often funny, quite moving, highly imaginative, excellently written story, set on a glorious Mars built partly of sharp-edged Kim Stanley Robinson-style extrapolation, but mostly of lush, loving, Ray Bradbury-style semi-SF, semi-Fantasy, Martian dreams.... I loved it wholeheartedly.'? '?? SF Site '??Hugo-winner McDonald'??s virtues have long been underappreciated by major North American publishers... McDonald'??s fantastic Mars is vividly detailed and owes much to Bradbury'??s Martian stories. Despite a bit of hand waving around technology that is glibly indistinguishable from magic, this sequel is entirely worthy of its rightly lauded predecessor [Desolation Road].'? '?? Publishers Weekly '??One of the strangest, weirdest, fantastic reads of your life.'? '?? SF Crowsnest '??McDonald is clever, lyrical... snarky, and utterly wondrous. The characters would be completely unbelievable in our world, but in theirs they are inevitable...'? '?? Night Owl Reviews
This book is part of the "Desolation Road Universe" series.
Here are some other books from this series:
Desolation Road
First published 1988
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