The initial Martian pioneers had fierce disagreements about how the planet should be used by humans. This led to a war that threatened the lives of billions of people on both Mars and Earth. Now, the second generation of settlers continues the struggle to survive the hostile yet strangely beautiful environment of the red planet. Their decisions and actions will ultimately determine whether Mars will simply be a sanctuary for scientists, a source of raw materials for Earth, or something much more.
Richard Ferrone's robust narration of this thrilling, timeless tale captures the fascinating diversity of Robinson's compelling characters, taking listeners to the farthest frontier of humanity's struggle to survive.
©1994 Kim Stanley Robinson; (P)2001 Recorded Books
"This may well be Robinson's best book and possibly the best of the many and various our-future-on-Mars novels to date." (Booklist)
"Yet another masterpiece....I can't imagine anybody else staking out any portion of this immemorial dreamscape with the same elegant detail and thoroughness; it's Kim Stanley Robinson's now and for a long time to come." (Science Fiction Age)
First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent
This book is extreamly detailed both in character content and in the sciences. I feel like I read a textbook with a story attached. I certainly know more about Mars, Climatology, Biology, Geology, and others...and I enjoyed learning about it.
I herd the first one and liked it thay are a little long but I liked then both well enough to buy the third one in the set so all -n- all I enjoyed both of the first 2
The book drags on and while some of the points are interesting, I was not too upset that I fell asleep for large portions of the narrative.
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Well you have to listen to the first book "Red Mars" before this one thats for sure
This is even better then the first book, still has old people sex which is strange and nasty imo - there are changes to the planet Mars and now green stuff grows all over it - Many of the "First 100" are killed in the first book and there are about 40-something left
The biggest problem I have with these books is that there is a group of people called the "Reds" who want Mars to never be touched and hate the fact that its being terraformed, they try to stop it at every chance they can get and its just stupid because thats the point of going to Mars not to study it
There are some things that dont make sense at all, like how is everythign paid for, they effing destroy both moons of Mars and then replace them altter, this is just crazy to understand since Earth is sorta all messed up and overpopulated and wants to come to Mars to live which is causing problems
I liked this book better then the first one because it was more exploring the planet and less other stuff, the politics are boring and some of the science is sorta questionable given its age but all in all its a great story and a must read
I had been hoping for a hard sci-fi book when I started reading this, but didn't really get that. It has a combination of hard and soft sci-fi that didn't really work for me. I also find that I don't really like Rated R sex. It always seems like it's trying to be PG while really wanting to be XXX and so the love/sex scenes were really annoying. I would have been much happier with either PG or XXX. Also the time frame of the stories is hard to get as the characters have unnatural life spans, so even though about a hundred years have passed it really doesn't feel like that since most of the original characters are still around. Lastly the rampant drug use seemed counter intuitive to scientific progress which is implied in this series. I'm not against drug use, but excess of anything is annoying and it seemed like a lot of the characters where popping pills or inhaling something or other frequently. I'm going to finish the series but only because I have it on audio. I really don't understand the hype that this series got.
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