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Red Mars opens with a tragic murder, an event that becomes the focal point for the surviving characters and the turning point in a long intrigue that pits idealistic Mars colonists against a desperately overpopulated Earth, radical political groups of all stripes against each other, and the interests of transnational corporations against the dreams of the pioneers.
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.
The first installment in Robinson's ( Blind Geometer ) new trilogy is an action-packed and thoughtful tale of the exploration and settlement of Mars--riven by both personal and ideological conflicts--in the early 21st century. The official leaders of the "first hundred" (initial party of settlers) are American Frank Chalmers and Russian Maya Katarina Toitova, but subgroups break out under the informal guidance of popular favorites like the ebullient Arkady Nikoleyevich Bogdanov, who sets up a base on one of Mars's moons, and the enigmatic Hiroko, who establishes the planet's farm. As the group struggles to secure a foothold on the frigid, barren landscape, friction develops both on Mars and on Earth between those who advocate terraforming, or immediately altering Mars's natural environment to make it more habitable, and those who favor more study of the planet before changes are introduced. The success of the pioneers' venture brings additional settlers to Mars. All too soon, the first hundred find themselves outnumbered by newcomers and caught up in political problems as complex as any found on Earth.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 12 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 14 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 16 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 on May 23 2013 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