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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.
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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 .
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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After reading, a few years ago, the first book in the trilogy, “Red Mars”, I finally found the courage to try my hand at reading “Green Mars”. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anakina
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 on June 16 2014 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 Kindle Customer
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
Green Mars, the sequel to Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars continues the future history of the colonation of our red planet neighbor. Read morePublished on May 1 2003 by B. D. Marcus