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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (Sept. 5 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722177909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722177907
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,034,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Lewis Shiner is the award-winning author of the novels Dark Tangos, Say Goodbye, and Glimpses, among others. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9abb3a14) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aafa864) out of 5 stars A First Step Into... Sept. 7 2010
By Jym Cherry - Published on Amazon.com
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It's hard to know how to review Frontera, as a debut novel? It is Lewis Shiner's debut novel it was originally published in 1984, but is part of the definitive editions Subterranean Press is publishing of Shiner's work. So, do I take into account Shiner's later work to give the novel context? Or should I review it as any literary debut?

Lewis Shiner is categorized with cyberpunk writers like William Gibson. I really don't see it, Frontera and the other science fiction that Shiner has written seems like hard sci-fi more in the mold of Heinlein. Shiner is of the generation of writers that came to the forefront in the early 80's, that may account for the categorization. Whatever label you want to slap on Shiner's work what you're getting is good solid writing.

The world of Frontera could be tomorrow. All the world's governments have collapsed leaving the corporations to take over. Frontera is a colony on Mars that is assumed lost by those on Earth until Pulsystems, which is the corporation that has taken over the U.S., starts receiving mysterious messages from Mars about a machine with quantum possibilities. A slap-dash reconnaissance mission is thrown together to see if the colony has somehow managed to survive. The mission is led by Reese, an aging astronaut who was the first person on Mars and his only other option in life is drinking himself to death. Kane is a Pulsystems VP and former soldier sent with a mission that is obscure even to himself and pushes him to the edge of insanity. When the mission discovers the Frontera colony alive, if not totally well, they discover there is a secret on Mars that the colonists aren't willing to share.

If you've already read Shiner's later more mature writing you'll see Frontera as a starting point. You can see some of the theme's Shiner will later adopt and adapt more fully in later works, such as contentious relationships between fathers and sons. In Frontera's case, between surrogate father figure and son relationships. Older readers of Shiner's will be able to create the context it belongs in and the evolution of Shiner as a writer. If you're new to Shiner's work, it's the natural starting point and a literary debut that will lead you to the next book and the next.

Another of Shiner's novels Glimpses is also available in a definitive edition. Collected Stories is a good overview of Shiner's work.
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HASH(0x9b05524c) out of 5 stars Interesting, well paced and cohesive Feb. 18 2013
By Tyler Roy-Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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If this book had been written a decade or more later, it'd be considered derivative, but at the time the themes of corporate post-collapse dominance (and their heartless manipulation of individuals) & a gritty, grim, realist approach to extraplanetary settlement were fresh. The plotting, prose and characterization are all solid or better.

I enjoyed it while I was reading it, and am still thinking about parts of it a couple weeks later - perhaps the ultimate compliment. I bought it mostly because it was cheap, but it made me want to read more of this author's work, so if the price was intended as a loss leader it was certainly effective.

Recommended to pretty much all SF fans.
HASH(0x9b114cb4) out of 5 stars An interesting plot with many twists but in a jumbled setting Jan. 25 2016
By Tenchi in DC - Published on Amazon.com
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Lewis Shiner's book was fast paced, interesting, and full of twists. Character development throughout the book was great but the entire plot felt rushed and alittle bit mashed to together. With this great level of character development there seemed to be a corresponding lack of development for the settings that the characters moved through. The sense conveyed to the reader was that the characters are products of our times who were moving through a new set of institutions without too much trouble. This aspect of the characters wasn't really fleshed out in the book. I thought it would have made them more interesting while adding to the world setting. Perhaps the Mr Shiner didn't feel it was necessary or that it detracted from the story.
HASH(0x9abae480) out of 5 stars Early cyberpunk novel June 14 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The bigger luminaries of the cyberpunk world are quick to include Shiner as one of their own, and this is the book which makes the cut. An entertaining novel in and of itself, it obviously has a lot of cyberpunk staples which have gotten pretty trite. One of the most interesting themes of the book parallels one of the character's journey through a Jungian archetypical legend that hearkens back to high school English class.
HASH(0x9c42b030) out of 5 stars Eh. Was ok. April 27 2015
By Yoshiwara - Published on Amazon.com
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Fronterra was mildly entertaining while it lasted. There were just too many unexplained things going on. It felt more like a sequel than the first book. Like you should have known these characters before reading this story. Not memorable.

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