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Green Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson [Paperback]

Kim Stanley Robinson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson July 8 2004
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This second volume of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy is a very worthy Hugo winner. Although there are elements of RED MARS I did not like (which I'll not go into now), with RED MARS as a background, I found GREEN MARS to be brilliant. If you haven't read Red Mars, don't tackle this volume first.
KSR really did his homework in studying the social scientific aspects of his novel (as he did with the rest). The metanational and transnational corporations are a believable outgrowth of current economic trends and their reactions toward Mars and its denizens in GM logically follows their development in the novel. KSR also did a better job of staking out the various issues and ideologies involved in terraforming, giving the policy and political middle-ground between the Reds and the policy of the Transnational Authorities (which is terraforming as quickly as possible moving toward a viable atmosphere on Mars).
The Part entitled "What is to be Done" was excellently written and extremely realistic (even if I have trouble believing that with all the political elements represented that some didn't opt out because of ideological extremism). That the group left without any real political action plans made the section even more convincing. The culture of the youth born on Mars seen through the eyes of members of the First Hundred shows a wonderful sense of cultural development with all the elements it entails including genetics, the Martian environment, and how they were raised (interacting with the first two).
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETIMES REVOLUTIONS DO COME TRUE June 15 2003
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The first book of Kim Stanley Robinson's epic trilogy, RED MARS, wone the 1993 Nebula Award for Best Novel. This sequel, GREEN MARS, won the 1994 Hugo Award. Except for the last Hugo, which went to a Harry Potter novel (something which will taint the award forever), this award is not given lightly. Green Mars deserved all the honors that could be heaped upon it. In some ways it reminds me of Peter Jackson's Two Towers film, in that it is a middle chapter in a much greater landmark saga.
Green Mars starts out about 40 years after the failed revolution by elements of the original settlers to free itself of the rule of Earth. That revolution caused much destruction and thousands of deaths but in the end it failed. It failed because there was no coordination among the disparate groups. Some were fighting to keep Mars as it was, some to change it, some were out merely to seize power for themselves. Now the legendary First Hundred settlers have been hunted down and reduced to just 39. Those that are alive must live in secret sanctuaries hidden throughout the landscape or take on fake identities. And all the while, Mars is beginning to show life on its surface.
Hope springs eternal, for the metanational corporations, the real force that controls Mars, from Earth, are about to embark on a civil war amongst themselves. Also, a new generation of Martians are coming of age and doing something their predecessors didn't. Organizing themselves into a united and coordinated front. Establishing goals and having patience for the right moment to strike. Kinda like a twelve step program for revolution.
In Green Mars, different parts of the book are divided into the perspective of the various characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel May 4 2003
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"Green Mars" is a very well-written sequel, and it will definitely satisfy anyone who really liked "Red Mars". Much of the book focuses on the continuing terraforming effort on Mars. Near the start of "Green Mars", we are introduced to some of the new tactics that are being employed to adjust the Martian atmosphere and surface temperature. Gigantic roving machines are liberating water from the regolith, and a series of mirrors are placed so as to increase the amount of sunlight incident on the planet. Robinson's depiction of the scientific reality that would have to underlie a terraforming effort remain convincing throughout this volume. He keeps a record of how the atmosphere and the surface life forms are changing without ever getting excessively bogged down in the scientific details.
The overall story arc in "Green Mars" is still quite strong. It begins with the news that one of the huge corporations headquartered on Earth is interested in contacting members of the Martian underground, a loose collection of various groups that are considered to be outlaws by the corporate-controlled Martian government. On Mars, the resistance groups and the Authority figures have reached a sort of stalemate. Police forces raid several settlements with impunity, but the resistance groups are becoming better organized. The planning and preparations for another rebellion against the United Nations Authority are a major focus of "Green Mars". Robinson gives a great deal of thought to the logistics of such a revolt, and he provides a convincing portrayal of the conflicts between different rebel groups.
My biggest gripe with "Green Mars" is that the author seems to be growing a little bit too attached to some of his characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book as is the one before& after ( Red Mars & Blue Mars )
Kim Stanley Robinson has a Knack for writing a book that keeps you reading page after pager, not wanting to put the book down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gordon Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read
A tad slow paced, but strongly character driven, I would happily say that the Mars trilogy are the best books I have ever read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Babblefish
5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Stanley Robinson Does Mars - GREEN
This whole series: RED, GREEN and BLUE, fully explore Mars like we wish we could, but can't afford.

Character development is great as are the various scientific aspects... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2011 by fastreader
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of hard SF...
Let's be clear: this book is long, incredibly in-depth and can be hard work to read. While reading its predecessor, I had to put it down for a while before finishing, and this... Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by "ajdecon"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Three...
Green Mars is the best of a great Trilogy. Fast paced and once again depicting vividly imagined Martian vistas this book is the quickest read of Robinson's Trilogy. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by themarsman
3.0 out of 5 stars Tolerable middle
Robinson's Mars Trilogy begins as admirably written hard science fiction, based for the most part on physics and geology. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by Isabeau
3.0 out of 5 stars Second volume in Mars series
The colonists revolt has been crushed and Earth's metanational corporations now control the planet. The "first hundred" colonists have been forced underground and bide their time... Read more
Published on July 18 2003 by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars A credible future
Green Mars, the sequel to Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars continues the future history of the colonation of our red planet neighbor. Read more
Published on May 1 2003 by B. D. Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Mars Series" is great for the teenage male in your life
The three books in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy" are my absolute all-time-favorites. Read more
Published on March 28 2003 by book_review_grrl
4.0 out of 5 stars A Generation of Native Martians
Green Mars brings in the next generation of martians, most we meet are of Hiroko's test tube brood. This is the generation which has been raised to take thier place in Mars as... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins
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