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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.
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 3 hours 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 21 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Fascinating science fiction. It is long and involved and well done.Published 23 hours 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 3 days 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 5 days ago by GBMMGB
For the more than a century, the planet Mars has been a subject of fascination for writers of all abilities; no less than Thomas Edison made a silent movie about traveling to the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brian Indians Fan
This is probably Kim's best writing. At least in my opinion. It follows the process to terraform and colonize Mars. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Otto Leidreiter
Absolutely loved the science and engineering detail in this book. especially the description of Mars and its geology. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amanitta
The technical, sociological, and psychological aspects of human migration to another planet is extraordinarily handled in this volume. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ed Modzelesky