Red Mars

Red Mars

Book - 1993
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Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel * Discover the novel that launched one of science fiction's most beloved, acclaimed, and awarded trilogies: Kim Stanley Robinson's masterly near-future chronicle of interplanetary colonization.

"A staggering book . . . the best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written."--Arthur C. Clarke

For centuries, the barren, desolate landscape of the red planet has beckoned to humankind. Now a group of one hundred colonists begins a mission whose ultimate goal is to transform Mars into a more Earthlike planet. They will place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light onto its surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels drilled into the mantle will create stupendous vents of hot gases. But despite these ambitious goals, there are some who would fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1993
ISBN: 9780553560732
Branch Call Number: SF ROB
Characteristics: 572 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm

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zenmark29
Apr 09, 2021

I found it a fun read. The author is highly detailed (or heavy, if you prefer) on the landscape and weather descriptions. I enjoyed the nods to Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Edgar Rice Burroughs (my take on city names and the elevator asteroid). I don't recall anything about Heinlein. Maybe the space elevator? At least Lazarus Long should have shown up. LOL. My first thought was that it was a riff on "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", Heinlein's book on the liberation of the moon. However, the scale at which Robinson tackles Mars is much more intense. It's well done, IMHO. Enjoy. :-)

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esherbine
Sep 12, 2020

SciFi , so-so characters, but lots of interesting ideas and the plot is engaging. More science than fiction, so to speak. There are two other books in this series, might want to read them too at some point.

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esherbine
May 20, 2020

Fun sci-fi story about colonizing Mars. Heavy on scientific speculation and policital turmoil. One of three - I would consider the other two.

MWBalderstone Oct 31, 2019

A classic of Modern Sci-fi. First book in the Mars Trilogy, Red Mars is a deeply engaging story about the colonisation of Mars. Rich with political intrigue in addition to detailed explorations of the geographical and biological difficulties in regards to inhabiting the red planet, it is a must read for all sci-fi fans.

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DLarryK
May 20, 2019

1st in the Mars Series
2 - Green Mars
3 - Blue Mars

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ChrisMcMil
May 20, 2019

This is a very substantial, well-paced and highly engaging book with plenty of thought-provoking content. The detail is remarkable, both with the character development and the depiction of the near(ish) future setting on Mars (I found www.google.com/mars/ to be most helpful in following the action). Robinson has done a truly admirable job of keeping the science credible, especially considering that he doesn’t have a science background himself. The subject matter is also very relevant today, with serious questions being asked about where the world is going with technology, with politics and with corporate vs national power. I seriously hope that we can avoid some of the problems that Robinson is warning us about in this book. This is the best kind of Science Fiction and I look forward to reading the next two installments.

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7626dee
Mar 23, 2019

I can see why it is popular and I also understand why some hate it. It is overlong due to the lengthy look inside the minds of several of the players in our drama. What really caught my eye was the great difference in how authors approach Mars. The Martian version is quite different than the Red Mars version. Scientifically both authors are pretty loose with plausibility in the planetary makeup and the actual mechanics of life on a very dangerous place. I truly hope we never get there as I am positive we will screw it up badly in some form-look at our poor Earth! Unusual novel as two major characters are simply eradicated without much reason.

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sat7
Dec 01, 2018

Great read -

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sarahcharlotte999
Jan 12, 2018

Enjoyed these books immensely back when I was a 15-year-old commie. Loved how readers can inhabit the characters' debates and inner lives. I always sympathized with practical peacemaker Nadia. But, I most admired hard-core conservationist Ann Clayborne.
 
Good ol' stubborn Ann. She gets some indelible (if not entirely elegant) love scenes. With whom? That's the best part! You'll just have to read to find out.

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bwrogers
Jul 04, 2017

What more can be said about this book than already has been? Calling the story "epic" in scope doesn't do the book justice. From the moment a small number of people leave their homes to prepare to colonize Mars, through their stories and the stories of those who follow them up the gravity well, the novel describes the planet as if the reader truly were there. Tremendous, sometimes overly-technical description of the planet sets the stage for a new experiment in human society. Science, love, politics and, above all, Robinson's clear belief that humanity is capable of so much more than it's present state give the book a luminous glow.

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Jul 21, 2017

In 2026, the largest spacecraft ever built transports the first colonists to Mars, beginning a multi generational saga of man’s transformation of the red planet. A Nebula Award winner hailed as “staggering… the best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written” (Arthur C. Clarke).

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