She is the clone of a famed space explorer, but Mariska Volochkova rejects her mother and her heritage and wants no part of interstellar adventure. Although she is genetically engineered to hibernate through the interminable decades of space travel, Mariska's home is a habitat on the moon, and there she intends to stay.
But the sweep of interplanetary politics and an affair with a Martian catches Mariska up in a conspiracy to commit a bold theft that will alter the future of space colonization. Mariska must put her life on the line again and again if she is to discover who she is and what her true destiny must be.
In his first new novel in more than 20 years, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award winner James Patrick Kelly has crafted a hard science techno-thriller that never loses its focus on the conflicted emotional life of Mariska, a true citizen of the posthuman 22nd century.
"The novel is notable for the economy and clarity of its prose and for the assuredness with which it treats and critiques some familiar SF conventions....what sets Mother Go apart is Mariska herself, not always sympathetic but continually compelling, as she tries to find a way to inhabit the worlds she inherits." (Locus)
"A wonderfully exuberant space opera....January LaVoy... imparts Mariska with a level of dynamism, urgency, and emotion.... a well-rounded and fun trip that harkens back to the optimistic era of golden-age sci-fi." (The Verge)
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If you like complicated parental relationships, plans with limited survival odds, extreme body modification, life on the moon and on mars, and strong female characters, then this is the book for you.
- Maura Kelly
James Patrick Kelly's latest is a GO!
Mother Go is the best, by far.
Martians take some getting used to.
Mother Go has everything a reader could want from science fiction—space adventure, a heroic quest, humour, suspense, romance, and a classic coming of age story—delivered in the lean, rich prose readers can savour and have come to expect from one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time. Set on the moon, on Mars, and beyond, this story will appeal to folks who love Jack Glass, Growing Up Weightless, Ancillary Justice, and The Expanse. The story follows the adventures of Mariska, a reluctant spacer who gets into more trouble before lunchtime than most people do in a single year. Loveable, immature, brave, fallible—Mariska is so utterly human that you won’t want to hit pause, even after you hear the words “the end.”