The Martians Author:Kim Stanley Robinson Kim Stanley Robinson returns to the realm he has made his own, in a work of twenty-eight stories, including poetry, devoted to life on Mars, that brilliantly weaves together a futuristic setting with a poetic vision of the human spirit engaged in a drama as ancient as mankind itself. Following the strands of these lives and events, in an a... more »ge when human life has been extended for decades, The Martians becomes the story of generations lived on the edge of the ultimate frontier, in a landscape of constant man-made and natural transformation -- tells the story of an underground and hard-to-see resistance to the terraforming described in the trilogy proper.
Beginning with the First Hundred explorers, generations of friends, enemies, and lovers are swept up in the drama that is Earth's tenuous toehold on Mars. International exploration turns into world building; world building degenerates into political conflict, revolution, and war. From a training mission in Antarctica to blistering sandstorms sweeping through labyrinths of barren canyons, the interwoven stories of The Martians set in motion a sprawling cast of characters upon the surface of Mars. As the planet is transformed from an unexplored and forbidding terrain to a troubled image of a re-created Earth, men and women are bound together by their experiences on Mars and with each other.
Michel in Antarctica
Exploring Fossil Canyon
The Archaea plot
The way the land spoke to us: The great escarpment ; Flatness
Maya and Desmond: Finding him ; Helping him ; Helping her ; The years ; Helping him ; Losing him
Four teleological trails: Wrong way ; Mistakes can be good ; You can't lose the trail ; The natural genius
Coyote makes trouble
Michel in Provence
Arthur Sternbach brings the curveball to Mars
Salt and fresh
The constitution of Mars
Some worknotes and commentary on the constitution, by Charlotte Dorsa Brevia
Jackie on Zo
Keeping the flame
Saving Noctis Dam
Big man in love
An argument for the deployment of all safe terraforming technologies
Selected abstracts from The journal of areological studies
This is a sequel to Robinson's epic trilogy on the colonization of Mars. These works are among the very best science fiction I have ever read. I strongly recommend that people interested in this book have read the previous books Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars first (in that order) to have the proper context.