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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
I didn't read much science fiction in the past, if I want unrealistic adventure stories I read fantasy, always have and always will. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Z. Voigtman
This book was published in the 90s, but shows remarkable foresight into what direction science, economies and society could move in. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Johan Jaenisch
I read this book several years ago (along with blue mars, green mars) and loved them!
I recently ordered the hard back version of Red Mars for my son's birthday since he... Read more
I chose this rating for the web of story lines and characters for the science for the wonderful vocabulary.
Can't wait to read the next volume. Read more
Red Mars, and the Mars trilogy as a whole, is fantastic. Rarely does Sci-fi dare to go as deep into the realm of human culture and society as Robinson does. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Zaku