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Heirs of Mars: A Science Fiction Thriller (English Edition) Formato Kindle

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Lunghezza: 253 pagine Miglioramenti tipografici: Abilitato Lingua: Inglese

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The dream that was the Mars colony has become a nightmare for the children born there.

Asher roams the vast canyons of Mars in search of dying souls ready for digital reincarnation. But his strange profession has its perils. Rogue robots and grieving humans who fear the newborn clones have hunted Asher and his friends for years, claiming the lives countless innocents, including his daughter. Stalked relentlessly across the harsh Martian deserts by both men and machines, Asher must lead his fellow cloners and the persecuted clones to end the first war on Mars.

With the help of the beautiful Claudia Cruz, famed hostess of the most popular children's programs and racing shows on two planets, Asher takes on guerrilla soldiers, angry mobs, and even the clones he's trying to protect, who have gone insane in their new artificial bodies.

Heirs of Mars follows the lives of six men and women (not all of them human) from the dusty wind farms of the Valles Marineris to the shining city of New Troy, and from the ancient tunnels beneath the Noctis Labyrinth to the sandy highways where daredevils race on single-wheeled motorcycles for a fleeting glimpse of fame and freedom.

"This book reminded me of my love of the genre, and this author impressed me on many fronts. I am going to read so much more Joseph Lewis"!
-- DragonLady Review

"It's a brilliant book, a compelling story, well-told."

"A fresh take on the tried and true concept of the social aspects of cloning and robots akin to Asimov or Heinlein."
--JL Stratton

"Fabulous...This is a great read. Fast, and gritty, and engaging."

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  • Editore: Copper Crow Books (21 novembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0049H94G6
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8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0xa141f150) su 5 stelle Original and creative piece of work 26 novembre 2010
Di GraceKrispy (MotherLode blog) - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
It's the middle of the 22nd century, and humans have been occupying space on Mars for well over a century. For as long as anyone can remember, the war between man and machine has been a integral thread to life on Mars and there is no end in sight. Human birth rates have fallen on Mars, and cloning becomes the most logical option to allow the collective intellect of humans live on. Meanwhile, the Cartesians, or "mechs," are programmed to follow "Mother's" orders to wipe out the human race, and cloners are at the top of the list. Asher is one of those cloners who is part of an underground rebellion. Haunted by his past, he's trying to strive for a future that will allow him some peace and give all humans hope. With the help of Claudia, a local Martian celebrity, Asher comes up with the idea to create the perfect weapon against the machines. No one will be the same when the Martian dust settles on this battle of clones, humans and machines. One way or another, this war will end, but who will be around to see the results?

Joseph Robert Lewis has written a compelling book that follows the lives of 6 sentient beings during the days leading up to the end of the war. Each chapter tells a piece of the adventure from one of those beings' reference points. The chapters are clearly marked, and I found this to be a very effective way to give us a more complete picture of what was going on in the minds of the humans, clones and machines involved in this war. The premise of the story was really intriguing, and brought up some interesting concepts; cloning people minutes before they die to save their knowledge, machines that seem almost human and yet they're not, Mars being a viable habitat for people when Earth is not enough. With the changing viewpoints and the engaging concept, this was an easy book to get into.

In addition to the main theme of hope and redemption, there were several underlying themes. For example, what qualifies one to be a person? Seeing the individual thoughts and feelings of three different types of beings, the question is raised- what makes someone (or something) a person? With their synthetic bodies and brains saturated with the memories and experiences of another, are clones closer to humans or machines? Are machines who make choices independent of their programming more like humans than machines? Is it possible for all three types of beings to coexist, and are their goals really all that different?

I found this to be an interesting read. Although the story moves along at a fairly good pace, I found the ending to be somewhat abrupt. When I saw the epilogue, I wondered if I'd missed something in the story. When I turned the last page of the epilogue, I was expecting more. I had taken the journey through the last part of the war, and I wanted a little something else at the end to give me more closure. I'm honestly not exactly sure what form that would have taken, but I felt a bit letdown by the ending. Some of the transitions and relationships between characters were a little difficult for me to follow at times as well. I'm not sure if that's because we were following so many characters (each of the six characters had at least one or more partners associated with them), or because of a lack of development in the writing of the characters. It wasn't a major flaw of the story, and just a minor complaint on my part.

Overall, a good read for anyone who likes speculative science fiction, and for anyone who thinks about the future of machines and clones, and what it will mean for the human race.

4 /5 stars @ MotherLode blog
10 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0xa1ac9fb4) su 5 stelle Highly recommended science fiction novel! 20 dicembre 2010
Di Thomas Carroll - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
Asher Radescu was the last man to emigrate to Mars. On this harsh world, he has lost virtually everything that held meaning for him at the hands of rebellious, sentient robots or "mechs." A mech attack claimed the life of his daughter and also exposed his wife to a lethal dose of radiation that spell her imminent doom (and moved her to drive him out of her life). Yet Asher presses on alone as a "cloner," one of an elite group of scientists who transfer the memories and psychological wiring of talented (but dying) humans into synthetic beings to serve the needs of the colony and live among the humans.
The colony, its buildings, and vehicles are imaginatively created by the author as a setting for a conflict that sweeps the reader into the action as Asher and a courageous but unlikely heroine, Claudia Cruz, choose to fight the murderous mechs when the colony's organized leadership cannot.
The reader is challenged to consider what defines humanity and life in a world where machines and clones have the memories and skills, but not the personalities, of their donors or creators. Even the humans of the future have an increasing measure of synthetic replacement parts. If we have synthetic knees, hips, heart valves, and cloned skin and organs today, is it so far off that the fraction of original parts will decline markedly?
The author's glimpse into the future, the ambiguities we are shown about life and humanity, and the riveting action make Heirs of Mars a compelling and exciting read.
6 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0xa1a3dce4) su 5 stelle Heirs of Mars: A Dubious Inheritance 18 luglio 2011
Di PopcornReads - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
Disclosure: I was given this novel by the author through another web site.

I have one caveat to my review below: I believe it's critical to read Heirs of Mars: Prelude before reading Heirs of Mars because the storyline will be much harder to follow without the context of those character studies and back stories.

Quite a few authors have envisioned what it could be like when men eventually colonize Mars. Some of those visions are a utopian fantasy. Heirs of Mars is not one of those visions. Joseph Robert Lewis takes a hard, gritty look at how colonization might realistically look given Mars' harsh environment, given how governments like to cut corners, and given how humans react to their environment and unknowns.

People always fear what they don't understand, and those biases and prejudices often lead to inhumane behavior. That is likely to be just as true on a planet that's colonized as it is on Earth, which Heirs on Mars demonstrates all too realistically for its human/non-human population segments. In addition to other issues this novel addresses, for me the big question that has to be examined in a world with clones and AIs is, "What is humanity and what defines someone as human?"

This novel kept me riveted from the beginning. It's as much an excellent fast-paced action/adventure as good science fiction and will likely appeal to both kinds of readers. I became as invested in the lives of clones, like Selene, and "good" AI mech/robots, like Holm, as I did humans like Asher and Claudia Cruz.

A note for non-science oriented readers: The AI/robotics/technology is not heavy-handed in this novel, and is very easy to follow. The novel is about personalities and plot, not scientific theory; however, it has enough AI technology in it to also please AI and tech junkies - a very nice balance!
7 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0xa165d294) su 5 stelle Fun action book (warning, plot spoilers in full review) 18 marzo 2011
Di Adrian Adams - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle
I was lucky enough to receive this book free from the author in exchange for a review, so I thank Joseph Robert Lewis for making that possible.

Heirs of Mars is a science fiction book that takes place in a future on Mars (I know, you didn't see that coming) where the colonists are stranded on a dying colony. Receiving no further support from Earth, and not producing enough offspring to support their lifestyle, the colonists begin relying upon "clones" to take care of their needs. The main character, Asher is a "cloner," his job is to basically seek out desirable dying people and store their memories and personalities to be placed in a robot body so that they can carry on their work after their death. This is a fairly taboo job, many of the Mars colonists don't agree with cloning.

Against him are the "Cartys" (Carties?), basically robots that were built (not cloned) for human use and then through a complex computer takeover, became sentient and anti-human.
Warning: The rest of this does contain some plot spoilers

The book has a lot of action, and the story was a great idea. I would probably give it 4 to 5 stars if it wasn't that the story plays out like a B rated action film. A perfect example of this is when Asher kills one of the bad guys towards the end of the story. He says something to the effect of "in the movies, the bad guy's head is always stored somewhere, and he comes back for a sequel." At this point, his love interest (who is of course, attractive and busty and has blue hair,)puts some bullets in the monster's head and says "No sequels."

There's also just a bit too much going on with some of the characters to make a clean storyline. Asher is traumatized by the death of his young daughter in a Carty attack. I feel like plays out in the story in too many directions. On one hand, he breaks the rules by cloning a dying teenage girl because she reminds him of his daughter, but then later in the story he finds out that his daughter was accidentally partially cloned by a friend of his after the accident that killed her. The partial clone doesn't really seem to serve any purpose that any other random character could not have carried out in the plot, and the main character reacts to her assistance very casually. I feel like its just too many angles on the daughter story.

Ok, plot spoilers are over.
Overall though, I love science fiction about space colonies, and it wasn't so terrible that it made me cringe. 3 stars.
5 di 6 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0xa17b4090) su 5 stelle A Confusing Read 26 aprile 2012
Di Hobbes - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I don't like giving a negative review, but I have to be honest. While the book contained all-around decent sci-fi material, I found it very confusing. It took me about half-way through the book before I could keep track of all the different characters with their other-language-sounding names. IMHO the introduction to each of the many characters was too brief, and I had to pick it up by bits and pieces, and keep highlighting segments and looking back, word-searching (on my Kindle), etc, to understand who was who, just to make sense of each conversation I was reading.

By the time I could follow the characters, I was half-way through the book, so I finally wanted to stick it out just to see what actually happens. But then the ending was kind of a let-down; it just wound down quickly and was anti-climactic. In short, it was a confusing read, and not worth the aggravation.