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.
©1993 Kim Stanley Robinson; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"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 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.
Arthur C. Clarke said this book should be required reading for the first Martian colonists; he was very right. Robinson's novel pays extraordinary attention not only to the various human and political aspects of Martian colonization, but also to the hard science of it. If you're at all curious about the possible future of Mars, I'd highly recommend this novel.
The book is a little confusing with no real main protagonist. But it's a very interesting way of writing. This book is heavy on science, so be prepared for your dose of it. The writer creates a hybrid psychological model that is truly fascinating it borrows from some existing models and philosophy as well as biology.
The writer is definitely a scholar and you can understand why these books are well renowned.
The main themes in this book are
Liberation from earth
Scientists drive for learning
Teenage like relationships
PG sex scenes
Overall really enjoyable but it's going to take your time to get through it. Many people have written pretty negative and vocal reviews, but I think they fail to realize. This heavy type of sci fi book can not be consumed quickly. It takes time to finish. It's like a fine wine, it must be enjoyed slowly. You can't rush this type of book even if you take breaks and go to other books. It's like the ringworld series or non fiction science books you don't read them in one go and try finish it immediately, you read them in amongst other books.
Performance falls flat but still worth it due to the content.
Loved the theories and concepts in this book.
Enjoy it with time everyone!
Going to get green Mars now :)
Good story, but much more political than I expected for sci-fi. Still, well done and entertaining. Author uses good plot devices and ties up lots of loose ends, things that you didn't expect to come back because they had been left unmentioned for so long. I'll recommend it to friends, but I don't know that I will listen to it again.
This is a book that everyone should read. It's simply amazing so much more than a sci-fi novel! It's not really about humans colonising Mars, it's about humanity trying to reinvent itself, and to break out of old norms and ways of thinking.
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