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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
Kim Stanley Robinson's background on science and technology is full and rich, and very believable.
I felt the author spent way too much time and pages giving environmental descriptions and character development and too few pages to plot and action.
Kim Stanley Robinson's "Red/Green/Blue Mars" series is one of the great trilogies about Mars colonization.
I was eager to read this series. I'd love a bit of space opera (well, Mars opera) about developing a human-habitable Red Planet. I am sure that Mr. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Buzz H.
Description of the Mars landscapes and locations are tedious and difficult to follow throughout the book.Published 8 days ago by Ann
A very good book . Absorbing and incredibly detailed. Can't wait till I start the next chapter of this trilogy.Published 14 days ago by Anton
Difficult in spots where Robinson includes detailed descriptions of Mars geology. Also don't expect to get attached to the characters. However, still an impressive, epic story.Published 1 month ago by Elijah Coffman
While the Idea of the story is OK there are just too many sub plots and pages of descriptions of the surface it just got to be a bore so I won't read the other 2 volumes of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating science fiction. It is long and involved and well done.Published 1 month ago by judy h upton
this is a very believable story about early mars settlement...however it is also very long and becomes more and more political as it goes on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dianne K. Patterson
This good because it has all the elements: Brilliant background detail based in hard facts; Narration from the perspective of a range of key characters, so they all become rounded;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GBMMGB