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Red Mars Paperback – January 1, 1993
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm making an exception in this case. "Red Mars" opens in interestingly enough, with an interplanetary political assassination. Unfortunately, Mr. Kim spends the next 550 or so pages with such a pedestrian, pedantic and flat-out boring story that by the time you reach the end, you're ready to kill every character in the story just to liven things up. Oh, yes the characters - if ever there were a cast assembled of every prototypical hero, anti-hero and villain in the history of literature, they're all here. The neurotic mission commander (hey! we've got TWO of them!), the revolutionary, the "Green Peace" type activist, the industrialist, the evil Arabs, the... never mind, you get the idea. And what should be one of the strongest parts of the story, man's conquering of an alien world and the wonder of discovery, are written about as merely a backdrop to the trivial feuds among the different characters.
There is something positive about this book. By reading it at bedtime, it took almost 2 months to work my way through it, but it might have been the fastest I've ever fallen asleep.
This is a story of politics, personal love and hate, and ecology. The science is astounding, but the dramatic and mythic elements carry the story, and, indeed, the whole trilogy. (I am beginning Blue Mars now.)
I love the free-flowing story telling, the obvious knowledge of the author on Martian geography, and his scientific insights, making science fiction possible based on currently known science fact ... making things sound very plausible.