KSR writes like he has been given a blank book of a predetermined size and he must fill it. He may be a good writer but there is just too much filler, filler that would best be left out. When reading his works I find myself skipping pages because of his tedious descriptions. Some of his lists have dozens of items when in most cases just a few would suffice; and some of his descriptions, though informative and correct, are simply too long. I feel that the Mars trilogy should be condensed to a single three part book.