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When it's at its best, this collection presents stand-alone stories of life, love, and work on our celestial neighbor, ranging from the tale of an expedition seeking to conquer Olympus Mons in "Green Mars" to a folksy story of friendship and baseball in "Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars." Unfortunately, some of the material here can be tough going for those unfamiliar with Robinson's Mars milieu. For instance, the ending piece, "Purple Mars," is apparently an autobiographical snippet about the day Robinson finished writing the final novel. That's great stuff for someone who has been following the entire Mars saga from beginning to end, but newcomers will probably not know what to make of it.
Still, there is enough material here to interest anyone on the lookout for some good Mars stories. Although Robinson has made his name by writing fat novels that span dozens of generations and characters, in The Martians he proves that he is also adept at shorter pieces. It's a fine if somewhat uneven collection that serves to round out the Mars universe while providing some excellent reading. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The three books in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy" are my absolute all-time-favorites. So, it comes as no surprise that when this book was published, I immediately snapped it... Read morePublished on March 28 2003 by book_review_grrl
The trick ending to the first story is cute, but that's about all that's cute here. Easily about 1/2 of the book is taken up with narrations of hiking. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by Serious reader
I hesitated over buying this one, after reading some of the reviews here, but I'm glad I bought it. It's true that it is uneven, a bit dull in parts, but I found many of the... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2002 by David A. Farnell
Notes and outtakes from the Mars series that should have been left on the cutting room floor. It appears that someone wanted to squeeze every red cent out of the success of the... Read morePublished on March 11 2002 by Lyndon Skillman
The science was OK but the fiction was decidedly female, even feminist, and rife with 1990's-style political correctness. Unworthy of a Hugo. Read morePublished on March 10 2002
This book is for those who completed (and adored) Robinson's Mars trilogy. And for Nobody Else. So if you haven't read them (Red Mars, Blue Mars, Green Mars), then "The Martians"... Read morePublished on March 9 2002
I absolutely loved the Mars trilogy, but this book is a bunch of annoying out-takes. All kinds of things happen that contradict the trilogy, so you're never clear which storylines... Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001 by Alan Hart
I have read six or seven of Mr. Robinson's other books (I haven't read Antarctica, "Escape" or the last of the "Three Californias") and greatly enjoyed them... Read morePublished on May 2 2001