- Hardcover: 609 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (June 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553101447
- ISBN-13: 978-0553101447
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 262 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy, Book 3) Hardcover – June 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Red Mars, the kickoff to Robinson's epic Mars trilogy, won the Nebula for best SF novel of 1992; its follow-up, Green Mars, won the parallel Hugo for 1994. The conclusion to the saga is not unlike the terrain of Robinson's Red Planet: fertile and fully developed in some spots, vast and arid in others?but, ultimately, it's an impressive achievement. Using the last 200 years of American history as his template for Martian history, Robinson projects his tale of Mars's colonization from the 21st century, in which settlers successfully revolt against Earth, into the next century, when various interests on Mars work out their differences on issues ranging from government to the terraforming of the planet and immigration. Sax Russell, Maya Toitovna and others reprise their roles from the first two novels, but the dominant "personality" is the planet itself, which Robinson describes in exhaustive naturalistic detail. Characters look repeatedly for sermons in its stones and are nearly overwhelmed by textbook abstracts on the biological and geological minutiae of their environment. Not until the closing chapters, when they begin confronting their mortality, does the human dimension of the story balance out its awesome ecological extrapolations. Robinson's achievement here is on a par with Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and Herbert's Dune, even if his clinical detachment may leave some readers wondering whether there really is life on Mars. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This third book in Robinson's hard-science Mars trilogy follows 1992 Nebula winner Red Mars (LJ 11/15/92) and 1994 Hugo winner Green Mars (LJ 3/15/94). In the 21st century, colonists almost succeed in terraforming Mars. While they fight for independence from Earth and attempt to avert a civil war, they find their new civilization threatened by an ice age. A well-written, thoughtful conclusion to the trilogy. Highly recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
I don't know the reason why this book is the least-well-received of the Mars Trilogy, since not only do I consider it a great work of science-fiction but also a great novel in its own right.
Robinson's style is in some ways comparable to Hemingway, and because of that the story is both easily comprehensible and possesses a complexity that goes grossly under-examined.
I was awed by Robinson's scope, moved by the struggles and triumphs of characters I've been with throughout the series, and consider it the best addition of the trilogy.
Almost 20 years since first being published, I can say that in 2015 this book not only holds up, but continues to be the baseline against which future additions to the body of science-fiction should be measured. I'd say it should be read in schools, but at more than 700 pages, it is a beast of a book.
If you want an example of how fiction ought to be written, Blue Mars is it. For the shear amount of content present in a single volume, the value of this book alone is beyond compare. Thanks to Amazon, I only paid a few dollars for the entire series, and even less for this particular volume, and it's worth far more than that. I'll probably buy it again in hardcover just to have. I mean think about it, how much are you going to spend on a mass-market paper back, a few bucks? It's totally worth it.
I wouldn't even just recommend this book to fans of science-fiction, but to anyone interested in a well-crafted story, complex characters, and an exotic setting that becomes more real as the story progresses.
In a genre clogged with thinly veiled, semi-autobiographical, exhausted hero-journeys, this novel - and the series as a whole - sets itself apart from anything encountered in science-fiction today. It truly is "a landmark".
Buy it. You will not - will not! - regret it.
The first two books I could not put down. Would definitely read the series again.
One troubling thing about the series is its utopian nature, that somehow humanity could escape itself on Mars. No, I think the troubles with humanity will follow wherever we go, maybe because those troubles are simply part of the human experience.
There is a lot to like about this series. The author spins a deep story that touches on society, sociotechnical systems, governance, and ecology in ways that I found thought provoking. On the other hand, he is not a great story teller: the plot drags in many places, as if the only way he can frame a story is as an endless serene of scenes with little thought to, oh, suspense, release, etc. I skimmed many paragraphs that lacked both style and purpose other than to perhaps be faithful to some notion of completeness.
I find myself telling my friends about many parts of Thi trilogy, but I recant only recommend read I got it to the patient.
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He'd read Portuguese version.