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Kim Stanley Robinson has earned a reputation as the master of Mars fiction, writing books that are scientific, sociological and, best yet, fantastic. Green Mars continues the story of humans settling the planet in a process called "terraforming." In Red Mars, the initial work in the trilogy, the first 100 scientists chosen to explore the planet disintegrated in disagreement--in part because of pressures from forces on Earth. Some of the scientists formed a loose network underground. Green Mars, which won the 1994 Hugo Award, follows the development of the underground and the problems endemic to forming a new society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The sequel to Red Mars details an early 22nd-century Mars controlled by Earth's metanationals, gigantic corporations intent on exploiting Mars. Debate among the settlers--some native-born, some the surviving members of the First Hundred--is divided between the minimalist areoformists, who have come to love Mars in all its harshness, and the terraformists, who want to replicate Earth. As the surface of Mars warms and is seeded with genetically altered plants, the settlers await Earth's self-destruction, which they hope will give them a chance to claim their independence. They travel endlessly over every inch of Mars--no mean feat, since most of the First Hundred are criminals wanted for their roles in the failed revolt of 2061--with each kilometer and each group of settlers they meet described in laborious detail. When they're not traveling, these colonists contemplate the history of which they have been a part and which they can only partially recall as a result of their longevity treatments. With the collapse of Earth society and internecine battles among the metanationals, the Martian settlers liberate their cities and declare their planet free. This wide-ranging novel is loaded with all manner of scientific and historical detail, but the story bogs down under its very breadth and seems almost like a Martian year--twice as long as it needs to be. The next and final volume in the trilogy will be Blue Mars .
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 morePublished 14 months ago by Gordon Adams
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 morePublished on March 13 2013 by Babblefish
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
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 morePublished on April 5 2004 by "ajdecon"
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 morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by themarsman
Robinson's Mars Trilogy begins as admirably written hard science fiction, based for the most part on physics and geology. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by Isabeau
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 morePublished on July 18 2003 by JW
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. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by Sesho
"Green Mars" is a very well-written sequel, and it will definitely satisfy anyone who really liked "Red Mars". Read morePublished on May 4 2003 by not4prophet