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 can't get enough of this book, and the subsequent two. I've listened to the audiobook at least 5 times now. It is sprawling, and a little meandering at times, but that appears to be deliberate by the author. This book holds a mirror up to humanity as it stands now, and dares it to move forward into what it can be.
for some reason this book seems to be written by Donald Trump.
as if those privileged pioneers has the right to "build a wall" around Mars and make earthlings pay for it!?!
SciFi part is nice. but the sexuality is over exaggerated.
also, the author needs to do some research about other cultures before putting his own speculations cloaked as facts.
looking forward to reading "Green Mars"
It's 20'years old but it still holds up as the best tale on the exploration and colonization of Mars. It looks at it scientifically, sociologically, economically and geopolitically. Do you attempt to terraform the surface or keep it as pristine as possible? Who benefits from the resources? Very enjoyable first book of a trilogy.
I first read Red Mars 15 years ago as a young adult. It was a fascinating look into the science and psychology of exploring and settling life on a new planet. Kim Stanley Robinson creates an in depth world of 100 characters with great personalities and fun interactions, and explores what it might take to terraform Mars. Taken as an allegory for the settlement and eventual war for independence of the United States, the story has a lot to say about American history. Taken as is, it's classic science fiction. I really enjoyed the narrator's voice making the book come alive. Can't wait to jump into books 2 and 3!
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