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Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, Bk 1)
Red Mars - Mars Trilogy, Bk 1
Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars. — For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and c...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553560732
ISBN-10: 0553560735
Publication Date: 10/1/1993
Pages: 592
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 196 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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A sweeping story about the colonization of Mars and the problems that follow. A hand picked group of 100 scientists representing many countries and interests might seem the ideal colonization unit, but everyone lies to selection committees and ideas can be weapons as well as tools. Kim Stanley Robinson deftly handles both the broad scientific theories and the more intricate social web of his many characters.

An engrossing read particularly for anyone interested in both the science and sociology of the future of humanity.
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Imaginative treatment of the colonization of Mars. Dense, but the descriptive narrative paints an amazing picture.
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A very technically detailed account of the colonization of Mars. The sociology is intriguing in how it differs from the settling of other frontiers on earth. For those of you who like science, sociology, and such you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Very good if involved read.
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The first novel in the astounding trilogy, Red Mars chronicles the lives of the first arrivals to Mars. The planet that the settlers find is empty of life and many of the pioneers want to begin changing the ecosystem right away to be suitable for human life. But the purity of the stark landscape convinces some scientists that it should be preserved. The stakes are high and the players on both sides range from politically naive idealists to ambitious manipulators without discernible scruples. No one can be sure that "terraforming" the planet will succeed, but it is certain to change the face of Mars beyond recognition. Red Mars won the 1994 Nebula Award.
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This book reads like science, with all the description at every turn- but also has a story and characters which will draw you in. A group has been sent to Mars to make it Earthlike, after training for this mission in Antarctica, and the story begins...
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I was amazed by the rich and detailed concept of how Mars might be colonized. It reminded me of Dune in the philosophizing on political organization, scientific theories and antagonistic goals of major powers using mars. Earth's ancient history of clashing civilizations and Europe's invasion of the Americas seemed to provide inspiration for Red Mars.
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Start here, and read the entire series. No one can give me as much of a sense of place and experience as Kim Stanley Robinson. When I finished this trilogy I felt like I had been on Mars and had these experiences. I could envision the places and the feelings of travelling on Mars. It's hard to read other books about Mars after this trilogy.
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The first volume of the Mars Trilogy. The trilogy is a novelization of the colonization of Mars 2050-2150 AD. It focuses on the issues of initial colony project, the terraforming of the Mars ecosystem to be human habitable and the relations between the Mars Colony and Earth. This book is about the initial colonization and the various personalities involved.