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The Martians (Mars Trilogy #3.5)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  1,482 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is one of science fiction's most honored series, with Red Mars winning the distinguished Nebula Award, and both Green Mars and Blue Mars honored with the Hugo. A modern-day classic of the genre, this epic saga deftly portrays the human stories behind Earth's most ambitious project yet: the terraforming of Mars.
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Spectra Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Aug 31, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, short-fiction
I tell people that short story collections aren't novels. This, you might think, is obvious. Yet many people insist upon reading them as if they were novels; start at page one and carry on until page the last. I think this might be why some people end up not liking the short story form: they think the way to read them is 10 - 20 at a time by one author, one shortly after the other. This may not be the best way. I encourage people to think of each story as the basic element, not each volume. Read ...more
A collection of relatively short stories related to the first one hundred colonists (prior and after colonization) and also about the next generations on R/G/B Mars.

The main series I found to be amazing, however, I perceived this volume as a big spoiler on characters’ most inner thoughts and conduct and that’s the reason for my skimming through them. The mystery around some of the characters’ behavior in the trilogy was far more interesting.
But they are high quality stories and worthy to be read
Sep 25, 2012 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been sat on my bookshelves since it was originally published in 1999, and I've been meaning to read it for years. But with one thing then another, and other books, it seemed to get shuffled further down the TBR. But since I needed to read up on Mars for Apollo Quartet 2, I took the opportunity of finally reading it. And I'm glad I did. The centre of the book is the novella, 'Green Mars', which was originally published in Asimov's in 1985 but which I'd read in the early 1909s as one half ...more
May 17, 2012 John rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Robinson's Mars trilogy - it stands alongside some of the best epic SF IMHO - so when I heard there was a book of short stories dealing with the same universe, I got my hands on it as soon as I could, hoping it would answer some lingering questions left unanswered at the conclusion of 'Blue Mars'. So did it? Well, maybe for a couple questions - though I didn't necessarily like the answers that seemed to be presented. And I can't help but wonder whether Robinson's attitude or ...more
Jon Sayer
This book was a slog... KSR doesn't write plots, as anyone who got through the Mars Trilogy knows. He does characters. He does description. He does ideas. And that's all this book is, too. Sure, there're some fascinating things to read, like the ascent of Olympus Mons and the constitution of Mars. But too much of this book is just descriptions of completely fictional hiking paths, or are about minor characters from the trilogy that are quickly forgotten.

One can compare this book to the Years of
May 04, 2008 Samuel rated it really liked it
Robinson re-visits the world he created in his Mars trilogy, with a collection of vignettes about the people who are linked to the Red planet. Some stories are even from alternate histories of Mars, "what-if" stories. Yet the focus is not so much Mars as it is the Martians, the people who dream, work, play and love on Mars.
Aug 13, 2016 Mitchell rated it it was ok
Any book of short stories naturally has its strengths and weaknesses. "The Martians" is no different, except that it has far more misses than hits.

There are some great stories in here, as good as the original trilogy. The first one, "Michel in Antarctica," had a brilliant twist ending that made me actually say "wow" and had me determined to read the rest of the book, no matter how bad the subsequent stories might be. There were a few more good ones in there - the full text of the Martian constit
Courage Knight
Apr 21, 2015 Courage Knight rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! I thought it might be a bit boring, since the guy is marooned on the planet alone! He has no one to talk to. But it is action packed, full of emotion. He is understandably depressed at times, but mostly he is just focused on surviving. He is very creative, very knowledgable, and the entire story comes across as believable. I won't spoil the ending, but if you enjoy science fiction, you should love this book.

People may notice that I give a lot of five star reviews. That's
Nov 03, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It is possible to write a fictional work that tops 700 pages. But, it is not easy. Kim Stanley Robinson missed the mark in Blue Mars, the final book of his Mars trilogy. Like the predecessors (Red Mars and Green Mars), the final installment had fantastic moments of political intrigue along with well-researched concepts in geography, physics, economics, and psychology, and neuroscience, among other fields. Robinson was particularly insightful when he drew comparisons (without specific reference) ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Darth rated it liked it
As in the original trilogy I thought this was a great idea, but with only average execution.

I always love short stories, because if you get a stinker you are only into it for 5-100 pages instead of the whole book.

This collection had a few interesting stories that I really liked, especially the one climbing Olympus Mons.

That said this really should have been shorter. I dont know who this guys editor is, but he needs to get control of the author / editor relationship. The poetry for example, shou
So, I liked it, but I didn't love it. Not like the trilogy. At points it felt like it was written because Robinson recently did a few things he wanted to write about. The longest chapters were about mountain climbing and baseball. Hmm, oh well. We still get some glimpses of some old friends like Sax, Maya, Michael, Peter Clayborne (Ann's son), & the Coyote. And we also hear from Nirgal and Jackie and a couple of new characters for the book. Not bad, but if you haven't read the trilogy first ...more
Simon Mcleish
Oct 20, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

This collection of short stories, all previously unpublished, were written to fill out Robinson's famous Mars trilogy after that had been finished. They mainly concentrate on the period covered by Blue Mars, the last and poorest novel of the three, which is a bit unfortunate, and most of them read like rejected sections from the novel, which is more so.

A small number of stories stand out. The most interesting are written from the point of vie
Robert C.
Aug 18, 2014 Robert C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I finished the book with a lovely warm, fuzzy feeling.

I want to say all sorts of other things that are nothing to do with this book; they are just implications and extensions and musings and inspirations that arose as a result of reading The Martians. Would you be interested though? Would it alter your interest levels?

Let's just say 'it was a very thought provoking read' and leave it there.

You'd probably have to read all the other Mars books, in order to fully 'get' this one. Because I've just d
Eli Bishop
May 09, 2010 Eli Bishop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-sff
Since I'm already crazy about Robinson and I've read all his Mars novels, I can't imagine whether someone who wasn't & hadn't would love this collection of stories as much as I did. But I think so! I like those novels a lot, but I think that these things-that-happened-in-between stories make even better use of his good and strange qualities-- he gets to use the colonization of Mars as an all-purpose playground for whatever he might want to say about politics, love, hiking, baseball, etc., ...more
Kate Rauner
Jul 11, 2013 Kate Rauner rated it it was ok
While this book is presented as a novel, it seems to be a collection of short stories, some of which have the same characters. I stopped reading and checked the book description to be sure.

Approaching the book as short stories works well. I did not like the first chapter at all - would the people in final training for a mission to Mars be so dysfunctional? Why are all the women beautiful (even goddesses), while each man is "a power" (whatever that means.) However the next chapter I liked a grea
Javier Atapuerca
La Trilogía de Marte de Kim Stanley Robinson (Marte Rojo, Marte Verde y Marte Azul) es una obra maestra de la ciencia ficción. Parte del sector hard de la CF, relata la conquista del planeta marciano desde un punto de vista lo más realista posible (al menos hasta que se aleja mucho en el tiempo, e incluso así intenta serlo, con ciertas salvedades). Son tres libros que me gustaron muchísimo. Este libro, en cambio, que casi podría considerarse una suerte de "Apéndices" de los anteriores, no consig ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Jon rated it it was amazing
My first reading of this book pushed me to reread the Martian Trilogy, so now I had to close the loop. It represents the best of the extended Mars saga but needs the context of the trilogy. Most of the book is shorts (up to novella length) set at various points from the era of Red Mars until well after Blue, with a few poems and a two stories from an alternate-history version of the series. These stories are written in more of an immediate-narrative form than the trilogy's summary style. Where p ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Bruce rated it liked it
3 stars means: OK if you have nothing better to do with your time, but don't go out of your way to read it.

The first time I read this, around 12 years ago when it first came out, there had been a gap between my reading of the Red/Green/Blue Mars trilogy and this. And I loved this book as one more visit. I would have given it 4 or 5 stars.

This time I reread it immediately after rereading RedGreenBlue Mars, and it read like shop floor sweepings from the collection of that superlative work. The alt
Aug 17, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any of the "Red Mars" novels in half a decade and while some of the short stories feel like they're touching on things I barely remember (if at all) there are some great stories here. Not to spoil but Coyote's story is great. Also, the recurring story about the guide who is a Red is great and a sole reason to purchase this novel. There is a lot of backstory here that gives further insight into the longevity treatment, how Reds and Greens interact with each other, as well as ...more
Nicholas Barone
Jul 25, 2011 Nicholas Barone rated it liked it
This collection of short stories and poems by Kim Stanley Robinson all relate to Mars in one way or another. Several explore new chapters in the lives of characters from his Mars trilogy (and some of these explore an alternate history where the first 100 don't colonize Mars). Others look at other characters inhabiting KSR's Mars. One story and several poems reflect the author's experiences while writing the trilogy. Overall the collection was good, not great. I wouldn't recommend the collection ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Die hard Kim Stanley Robinon fans, people who want to know what happened next
A nice way to end reading the Mars trilogy. KSR fills in a few gaps in the story, adds some background to various characters and discusses the political system that the Martians worked towards.

He also writes two alternative future histories. The first is where the First Hundred never actually go to Mars because Michel (the psychiatrist in the trilogy) decides that they would all go insane were they to emigrate to Mars. The second is an alternative Mars colonization history where the terraformin
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Jul 11, 2012 Colin rated it it was ok
Billed as a number of stories related to the Red/Green/Blue Mars trilogy, it actually ends up just being a random bunch of stories and musings on Mars, some of which take place in the universe of the original trilogy, some in random offshoots or earlier iterations - most of which aren't particularly compelling. There are a few good stories here and there - "Green Mars", about climbing the cliff face of Olympus Mons, is probably the most compelling. (It's one of a number of stories that were ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed-books
I tried reading this book and gave up. It's good writing, but you would read this only if you were a total geek about the trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars. I'm not that much of a geek. I liked the trilogy but not enough to go through this hodge podge of poetry, short stories and alternate histories.

It's like I would have NEVER read "The Silmarillion" without reading the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings first and then only if I wanted to totally geek out. Otherwise... forget it. Same here.
Dan Sharber
Jul 27, 2012 Dan Sharber rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, own
these are a collection of short stories that go along with the mars triology. i found them just ok. it was nice to be back on mars for a bit but these stories were not as engaging as the books even though they did deal with some of the same characters and fill in some holes. as such, many of these stories will make no sense unless you've read the trilogy (which you absolutely should!). so if you finish the trilogy and still want to get a taste for more mars, read this book but if you don't feel ...more
Aug 30, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Follow up to the trilogy, this book consists of a series of short stories, not linked, set around the characters featuring in the main books. In some cases the plot is not even on Mars. I think that this explains many of the thoughts that the author was having in the main series of books and a lot of background information, which has to inferred in the main series of books, is explained here and makes the plot clear. I enjoyed the stories as a read to dip in and out of. I confess to having read ...more
Nicola Di padova
Jun 10, 2016 Nicola Di padova rated it liked it
Considerato un rip-off della serie principale, "The Martians" ha in verità poco a che vedere con la trilogia di Marte. Il volume è una raccolta di racconti brevi con personaggi noti e altri completamente inediti, note, appunti e versioni alternative di alcuni eventi raccontati nella serie madre.
Sarebbe da 2 stelle e mezzo ma dovendo assegnare un punteggio pieno do 3 perché i racconti brevi sono interessanti, ma leggerlo non aggiunge nulla alla agli eventi della trilogia originale.
May 14, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
Lots of short stories set in the Mars Trilogy universe. Some involving characters and events we know and some totally new and unrelated to what we have read before. As with all short story collections, some are much better than others and some are so short that they are annoying but overall an enjoyable addition and mostly more enjoyable than large chunks of Blue Mars. (Although there are large chunks of boring political stuff in this book too which is what spoiled Blue for me).
Tyrannosaurus regina
I've been rationing this book out to myself a story at a time, because I knew when I finished it, it would really really be over, but all good things and all that. Part side stories to the main trilogy, part what if tangents, it satisfied my craving to immerse myself in the world again. It didn't, nor could it, give me the depth and complexity of the original novels, but it allowed for exploration in the forgotten corners, and there are many times when I love that just as much.
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

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