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Red Mars opens with a tragic murder, an event that becomes the focal point for the surviving characters and the turning point in a long intrigue that pits idealistic Mars colonists against a desperately overpopulated Earth, radical political groups of all stripes against each other, and the interests of transnational corporations against the dreams of the pioneers.
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
The first installment in Robinson's ( Blind Geometer ) new trilogy is an action-packed and thoughtful tale of the exploration and settlement of Mars--riven by both personal and ideological conflicts--in the early 21st century. The official leaders of the "first hundred" (initial party of settlers) are American Frank Chalmers and Russian Maya Katarina Toitova, but subgroups break out under the informal guidance of popular favorites like the ebullient Arkady Nikoleyevich Bogdanov, who sets up a base on one of Mars's moons, and the enigmatic Hiroko, who establishes the planet's farm. As the group struggles to secure a foothold on the frigid, barren landscape, friction develops both on Mars and on Earth between those who advocate terraforming, or immediately altering Mars's natural environment to make it more habitable, and those who favor more study of the planet before changes are introduced. The success of the pioneers' venture brings additional settlers to Mars. All too soon, the first hundred find themselves outnumbered by newcomers and caught up in political problems as complex as any found on Earth.
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I loved this book. So much interesting detail about Mars, sure some of it is now dated, but still the author paints a wonderful picture of the red planet. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ruth Updegraff
It was OK - unrealistic in the speed in which the technology bacomes available and the capabilities of it but other wise enjoyable.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love, love, LOVE this series! Have read it at least 3 times. The BEST future-history Sci-Fi since Asimov - chock full of ideas worth thinking about as to how we want to evolve... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kerida
Eh, wasn't really feeling this one, read about a quarter of it. The characters are pretty straightforward, the plot is way too technical for my tastes, and boring in general.Published 18 days ago by jcasti010
Very well written and thought through story of Mars colonization. Robinson puts emphasis on the technical aspects, but also on social and economic consequences of such a trip --... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Tomasz
I actually read 2312 before starting the Mars Trilogy and expected a lot of repetition. However this classic lived up to its reputation and I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jswc
I've tried at least three times to read this book and I can't do it. Robinson's concepts and the grand sweep of events are interesting, but his writing is terrible. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Jonathan Foise
Very interesting history of Mars colonization. Unfortunately, I think some chapters are very boring and others are very exciting.Published 28 days ago by Mauro Castello Branco e Silva
After reading The Martian by Weir I was looking for more hard science fiction, and found this book after about a 30 minute search. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Science Ninja