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This is a vast book: a chronicle of the exploration of Mars with some of the most engaging, vivid, and human characters in recent science fiction. Robinson fantasizes brilliantly about the science of terraforming a hostile world, analyzes the socio-economic forces that propel and attempt to control real interplanetary colonization, and imagines the diverse reactions that humanity would have to the dead, red planet.
Red Mars is so magnificent a story, you will want to move on to Blue Mars and Green Mars. But this first, most beautiful book is definitely the best of the three. Readers new to Robinson may want to follow up with some other books that take place in the colonized solar system of the future: either his earlier (less polished but more carefree) The Memory of Whiteness and Icehenge, or 1998's Antarctica. --L. Blunt Jackson --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Endless and tedious descriptions of imaginary landscapes and geology. Utterly implausible "just so" stories of technical and scientific advances that appear on demand and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by ca1879
Excellent book. One of the best sci-fi novels out there. Good writing and interesting characters make this a really good read.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good, creative but some of the characters were flat - responding typically. I will definitely read the rest in the series.Published 13 months ago by NC in Ottawa
Great research and discription went into this book really enjoyed it. The story on both Mars and discussion on what is happening on Earth are quite realistic. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Diego Garzon
There are lots of stories of meetings with strange alien creatures, and battles in space, etc.
This is not one of those books. Read more
This whole series: RED, GREEN and BLUE, fully explores Mars like we wish we could, but can't afford. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2012 by fastreader
If you want a good book about Mars, try "Mars" by Ben Bova. This book is not entertaining. I stopped halfway through it, not something I do often.Published on May 6 2010 by Eric Cote
I bought this book a few years ago based on it's winning awards and being recommended by reviewers in this forum, and by my continuing interest in hard SF and Mars in general. Read morePublished on June 13 2008 by Jeff V
RED Mars is a really good book. Kim Stanley Robinson must be one of the greatest science fiction writers that I have read books of. Read morePublished on June 19 2004