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)
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.
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.
I note that it is highly rated by many people but I found it over-long with stereotypical characters one couldn't empathise with. The book is often commended for its well researched detail but the amount of detail acts as padding and gets in the way of the story - an encyclopaedia may have lots of well researched detail but that doesn't make it a good novel.
"Epic scope, pedestrian delivery"
Let's start with the positives: the audio production of this recording is excellent and the narrator is top notch.
The book itself is epic in scope and tells the story of the settlement and terraforming of Mars in great detail. As far as I can ascertain, the author's research is impeccable and the descriptions of Martian geography and scientific processes are inspired.
So, what's the problem?
Well, there's the length, and there's the pace of the story. Even if it were only half its current length, this would be a big book. To sustain such a long narrative, you would hope for interesting characters, lively prose and plenty of incident and excitement. Sadly, all of these ingredients are absent.
The story unfolds at a glacial pace and the author studiously avoids anything approaching adventure. There are storms, but everyone survives them without too much difficulty. There are many journeys, all of them long, during which little or nothing happens. A mystery is solved in a dull and perfuctory fashion.
Events do finally take a more interesting turn in the final third of the book, but even so, there is too little danger and too much talk.
The prose is functional and competent but nothing more. The characters are flat and two-dimensional and given to delivering set speeches on scientific and political topics. Many of the minor characters seem to be there solely to provide information dumps.
There is plenty of New Age philosophising and cross-cultural apologetics along the way, all of which is no doubt very worthy, but this listener soon tired of it and longed for something interesting to happen. Some sections of this book sound like an attempt at dramatising whole articles from Wikipedia.
So: a long book which is well read and which has some fascinating scientific detail, but which offers little in the way of excitement or interesting characterisation.
I love science fiction, but I'm afraid that I found 'Red Mars' very dull.
"Epic. very long but worth it! "
very long but worth it! Thought provoking while being enjoyably. so many different aspects, philosophies and ideas combined into one great narrative.
The books flits about from one (of the many characters) to another without going into depth and allowing you the chance to empathise. This makes their petty squabbles as to how the planet should be handled irrelevant to the reader. You never really get to understand the reasoning behind each characters stand point only their actions as to what they will do to protect their way of thinking. I also bought the sequels Green and Blue - and it doesn't get any better or more interesting.
Promised much but never delivered this book was so slow I gave up on it as not worth the time to listen
Was great at every point and gave a varied look at what life would be like on mars and how it develops.
Though it very fall on and takes a while to get through
"Great performance from Richard Ferrone"
I've read this trilogy many times ranking it as one of the best works of SF. I wanted to see if I could enjoy hearing this story through an audiobook. I was a new way of rediscovering the lives of Sax, Maya, John, Nadia, etc...
I greatly enjoyed this format and Richard does an outstanding job in narrating with passion and consistency. Recommended.
"Colonisation of mars part 1"
If the first colonists of mars don't read these books first, then they will be on mars un prepared for life there, its like this unready is in kims mind, an easy listen loved description of Arabian culture in ch 1 and how arabs took to mars a cold day in barren quarter!!! Excellent
Im not sure what the 5 stars reviews were on about. I thought it was just terrible with the performance being among the poorest I have listened to. :-(
"Great audiobook, chaotic story"
I've decided to read Red Mars after hearing it is being made into a TV Series. The story is chaotic and strange, sometimes naive and unbelievable, characyers are strange and hard to like. The second half was better though.
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