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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
About half way through, I found myself increasingly skipping pages to finish the book.
The characters are interesting and not at all stereotypical, and the plot is well constructed and compelling.
One of the things I love about this book is how much of the Mars geography and geology the author details.
Others may disagree of course, as everyone sees things their own way..... but imo this book was heavily about people being in an isolated place- power struggles, intrigue,... Read morePublished 19 days ago by JP
Over 20 years old and still by far the most relevant portrayal of the colonization of Mars yet produced. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Christopher Jansson
I liked the details and drama but there were too many details that went over my head. Sorry, but I didn't need to know the minute details of every canyon on Mars. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Adam B
A slow read. I usually devour sci-fi in hours or days but this took me weeks to get through. It definitely didn't grab me. Read morePublished 27 days ago by R
This book has lots of character and lots of long prose sections. It's heavy into scientific terminology. I have read all three parts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harry E. Keller