Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.
For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.
Although it is fiction, Red Mars is based on years of research. As living spaces and greenhouses multiply, an astonishing panorama of our galactic future rises from the red dust. Through Richard Ferrone's narration, each scene is energized with the designs and dreams of the extraordinary pioneers.
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"Generously blending hard science with canny insight into human strengths and weaknesses, this suspenseful sf saga should appeal to a wide range of readers." (Library Journal)
"The ultimate in future history." (Daily Mail)
I love this genre. Loved Ben Bova's story of Mars. Bought this because it was a Nebula Award winner. Must be good, right? This story went nowhere. It was a longwinded description of people living on Mars. Nothing much happened, except for a little anti-terraforming plot that was anti-climactic. There wasn't even much in the way of character development in all those hours of nothing.
I think the main problem with the book is the author is trying to be really detailed, but the story covers too long of a time period (decades) to be detailed. She just gives really long descriptions of a small amount of what's going on. There are a lot of good ideas in the book, but it needs a better story. It didn't help that the narrator wasn't very good. I had to stop listening after about 15 hours, I couldn't take it anymore.
There was just way too much love story in this for any male reader IMO. I'd only recommend this to women who are into Sci-Fi and love stories. Definitely not my cup of tea! Won't be reading the other two in the series. If you're looking for a Sci-Fi book about life on other planets that not full of love stories, then I suggest you stick with male writers. That's what I'm doing from here on out.
I was born a long time ago in a small town far, far, away. Tanta stultitia mortalium est.
Really tremendous reading/performance of a epic Sci-Fi story. Realistic story line with great characters; Arkady Bogdanov and Nadia were my favorites. Almost too much to comprehend - great for scientist or layman. Highly Recommend.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys speculating about future realities and only bending enough science to get by. This is a book about politics and people who make mars into a home. There are fascinating explorations of potential engineering and social challenges that mars colonization may bring about. How does mars provide for and challenge humanity? Find out with this prescient novel. Now is the perfect time to grasp what Robinson had thought through in so much detail decades ago.
great book. writing keeps you going, multiple story arcs, each with a different flavor. easy to see how it's a classic. narrator is fantastic.
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