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Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  14,974 ratings  ·  359 reviews
The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green "ter ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published June 2nd 1997 by Spectra Books (first published 1996)
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Clouds

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
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Ron
"Here we are." A genre, if not a literary tour de force. Blue Mars concludes nearly 2000 pages of Robinson's middle 1990s future history of the settling and development of Mars. While Robinson strays close to the border of ridiculous social commentary a la Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, most readers will identify his monumental achievement chronicling the physics, chemistry, biology--and, yes, even the psychology and politics of his brave new world.

That said, Robinson cut
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William
This review of Blue Mars is in fact a review of the entire trilogy, since it's one continuous story -- one that altogether weighs in at something around 2,300 pages. I've been living on Mars for the last 3 months and wish that, if it were possible, I could actually live there, at least the Mars portrayed in these books. It's certainly not a series for everybody -- all those lots of pages are filled with lots of science, lots of politics and political theory, and lots of philosophy.

However, for
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F.R.
There’s something of ‘after the lord mayor’s parade’ about this volume. After the revolution of the last volume, I was hoping for something of civil war in this. For the bulk of the narrative though it’s just a lot of characters figuring out what Mars means to them; which although well written, lacks a certain drama. For instance, there’s a long section about blight attacking the potato crop of one of the major characters. Now, if you were actually farming on Mars, that's no doubt a problem whic ...more
Barry
Mar 19, 2008 Barry rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
The science is great. I don't agree with all of it, but who am I to say? I would equate his use of science as a literary device to Asimov, except Robinson uses science that is reasonable within humanities grasp. The science is the real strength of this book and series. It is outstanding.

His moving from character to character throughout all three books worked well. No points lost there.

The real problem with this series and especially this book was that, even though parts of it were fascinating, p
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Genia Lukin
More than a review of the book itself, this is a brief review of the whole trilogy.

In Red Mars robinson sends his crew of highly-cold-war-themed characters to the Promised La-- I mean, to Mars, where humanity can begin a new era of terraforming, colonization, and all-around awesomeness. But as soon as they arrive there, the colonists, all of them Spacefaring Badasses (except the radical Christian) decide that they wish to establish a New and Utopic Society, and that they deserve, nay, are oblige
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Robin Wiley
For me, this trilogy is one of those life-changing books - something you talk about, and think about years later. If we ever go to Mars - this is the way it should be done. For those of you not familiar with Kim Stanley Robinson, his science is so grounded in real, hard, current science - it's called future history.

For those of you scared of sci-fi being too boring - much like that physics class you hated - relax. Robinson gives you the basic idea, without pages to describe just how a particula
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Brad
This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews.

This volume of the Mars Trilogy departs from its predecessors in one tremendous leap -- this is a work of philosophy and politics before it is a story. And th
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Mike
Sep 04, 2007 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Red/Green Mars
Warning: May contain spoilers from Red/Green Mars.

The final chapter in the saga of Martian colonization is by far the weakest. You'll probably want to read it if you read the first two, just to round out the story, but it's not the most exciting read, and doesn't really give the resolution you might hope for.

The book starts out near the end of the second Martial revolution. This time, the good guys won, or are about to win. The war was relatively (but not entirely) non-violent, and the Martians
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Bryan
The last of the Mars trilogy was much of what I found in the previous two books. There are interesting parts where we get to delve into the science and technologies that are being employed throughout Mars. But in the end the story isn't cohesive enough to actually leave the reader with any idea what the point of the story was.

In book 1 we were introduced to a number of different characters which we have followed throughout the series, and we've seen how they've responded to different situations
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Randal
Back in my drinking days, I would occasionally wake up next to someone I was sorry to find there, but I would still make them breakfast out of some sense of obligation. Misplaced empathy; too-long-delayed sobriety; vestigial chivalry; call it what you will. Reading Blue Mars was a lot like one of those breakfasts. I had enjoyed myself with book one and part of book two; this was just playing out the string. After I got rid of the novel, I lost its phone number and went to different bars for a co ...more
fromcouchtomoon
The characters of The Mars series are much like Martian volcanoes: flat and shallow at first glance, with little expectation beyond the short horizon. But the horizon deceives, and that gradual slope in development results in a surge that extends miles into the atmosphere. That surge occurs in this third installment, Blue Mars, and leaves the reader gaping into the enormous depths of jagged human emotions.

It’s not that KSR intended for his characters to appear two-dimensional in the first instal
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Ryan
These three books form a single narrative spanning nearly two hundred years of human colonization and terraformation on Mars. It is a sprawling epic, ponderous and magnificent, charting the development of a uniquely Martian civilization from the earliest landings through wars, revolutions and waves of immigration on the face of a rapidly changing planet.

But make no mistake: for all of the drama, the triumphs and disasters, there is in fact very little “action,” and that usually reported with jo
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Tresuiri
In terms of the series, I think this installment was the weakest in overall science. It felt more like a soap opera, carried out over the first 100's life time. I was impressed with some of the social concepts: self sufficient floating cities, feral groups roaming the wilderness, a resurgence of communism on a global scale - the 'next social working order' (on Mars) as the author termed it, and the exoskeletons for flying. There was some good core science fiction mixed in too. It is depressing t ...more
Rob
...For me personally it is a fascinating book though. I loved just about every aspect of it when I first read it and my rereads have not diminished this love. No matter how many more books I'll read on the subject, the Mars trilogy will probably remain the definitive work on the colonization of Mars for me. The scale of the story, the diversity of Robinson's scientific, political and social influences and his fascinating characters make these novels some of the most captivating science fiction I ...more
kingshearte
Quite frankly, it's been a while since I've been this glad to finally finish a book. The first two books in this trilogy had, as I've mentioned, reasonably compelling plotlines that were bogged down in extraneous detail. This one had the same level of detail, but less plot. It suffered from something I find tends to happen in stories of vast and epic scope: lack of cohesive direction, which becomes particularly noticeable as you get toward the end and you can't identify a clear endpoint toward w ...more
Wesley Edmunds
I think that I have read this series in its entirety six times. In my opinion, any astronaut or colonist who leaves earth for Mars should be required to read this series. Between my fascination with sci-fi and Mars, combined with some top-notch character development/interaction along with some really great socioeconomic theory (no where near as boring as it sounds) this is my most favourite series, hands down.

One thing that I have always enjoyed about KSR's writing is the attention he puts into
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Andrewcharles420
I loved how far into the future this book got to go technologically, and you could feel the fun KSR had going there; Green might have been too technical, keeping all the advances plausible, and Red was more about the journey than the details--though that kept its developments looking possible and hopefully even likely. I loved the culture of the Martians, and generally all of the space-faring societies (which is to say, Earth's old ways looked pretty shabby); their acceptance of personal choices ...more
Jon
The trilogy is much better on a reread, but I'm still hard pressed to make a judgement. The Silmarillion may be the closest comparison: these books span centuries and much is told in summary. (Contrast Foundation, which covers a long story by skipping forward but with immediate narration.) It may also be tedious to wade through scores of pages with characters arguing forms of government, economic policy, etc. etc., although I find it at least somewhat interesting. If you like that aspect of Moon ...more
Billy Maise
Excellent hard science fiction.
Starts as your classic colonization story.
Evolves into a clash between two political parties:
The Reds- want to keep Mars in its natural form.
The Greens- want to terraform Mars to make it an alternative planet for humans to live on, since Earth has been ruined by global warming and overpopulation.
The trilogy takes place over a period of over a hundred years. Most narration comes from the First Hundred, the landing party of colonists who become the most influent
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Witek
Following in the footsteps of Green Mars this book does exactly the same thing as its predecessor- bores you for most of its length only to get much more interesting towards the end, although even the finale of the trilogy is not as good as the endings of the first two books. All in all, if it wasn't for the story of Sax and Ann I probably would have wished I finished reading after Red Mars. It was so much better the the other books of the trilogy.
Chip
Robinson can write a very scientifically accurate book about terraforming but his characters are mostly as exciting as a rock from Mars. Blue Mars is his least rousing book of the trilogy probably because a good portion of it has nothing to do with making Mars a livable place. Any time he describes the situation on Mars I was bored out of my mind. The few times his characters left the planet, things were actually somewhat interesting. Plus he tried to convey the fact that the people of Mars were ...more
Rachel
DONE! What a relief. I mostly enjoyed the series, but there were few characters I actually liked. Over the course of the trilogy, some of them would almost die, and I found myself pleading with the author to let them. But they never do, because the longevity treatment means they will live almost forever. UGH. Also wound up skipping a lot of the "science" sections; too many made-up words specific to Mars for me to really enjoy them. They only made the books that much longer.

I can assure you that
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Dan
In some ways this was the best in the trilogy. Robinson does a great job of wrapping up the various threads and delivering a satisfactory ending, no easy task given how broad this project was.

Like Green Mars, Blue Mars devotes a lot of pages to the politics of a Martian society. That was my favorite part of the second book and it remained my favorite part of this one. I loved getting a glimpse of how a more equal world could work. Granted, there's a fair amount of Utopianism going on here, but e
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Ethan Casey
Blue Mars is the concluding volume of Kim Stanley Robinson's fantastic Mars trilogy, among the best science-fiction novels I've ever read, and I've read many. There's little point in being prescriptive, but ideally science fiction should be at once speculative and realistic, in the sense that it addresses what-if questions through extrapolation: What if human society were like this instead of like that? What if this or that technological or historical contingency were different? What if (to cite ...more
Stuart
A slightly disappointing end to an excellent trilogy. The hard science got a little soft in places. Linguistics got treated as casually as it so often does, with the old "Eskimo words for snow" nonsense repeated more than once, and this real howler of a line:
"a woman who understood Mandarin, Urdu, Dravidian and Vietnamese, as well as her Hindu and English" - the use of "Hindu" (a belief system) for "Hindi" (a language) always bugs the hell out of me, but almost as bad was seeing the name of a la
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Jack Hope III
5/16/11 Can't wait to finish this series, but there are a couple other books that need to come first. I'll be starting this one soon.

7/7/11 I was a little disappointed with the way this series wrapped up. There is some very hard science fiction to be had, but the story seemed to lag in places. The characters seemed tired, and I kept waiting for big things to happen, but there were few surprises. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed very much, but I wanted more.
Julie
This book was a let-down after the previous two. It droned on with no apparent direction and then just ended with a bunch of old people hanging out on the beach. That could have happened about two hundred pages earlier and I would have been happy. Still, I felt compelled to read it in order to finish the trilogy. That alone made me like it a little bit less.
Sarah Gustafson
Starts out with a punch, even stronger than Green Mars, then trails off into silliness. Alls I remember is that Jackie Boone acts like a ho.

5 stars for the first four chapters, 1 star for the rest. The series still rocks, though. It pretty much ruled my life the summer between 9th and 10th grade.
Jill Sergeant
My voyage to the stars is over, sob. I wanted it to go on forever. I think I have become addicted to Kim Stanley Robinson, even though I do get frustrated with his sometimes meandering plots and there are perhaps a few too many descriptions of rocks (although they are mostly pretty awesome).

Overall though, I found the Blue Mars vision of a possible future on terraformed Mars, and KSR's speculations on just about every aspect of life and science from string theory to sexuality, completely mesmer
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Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.

His work delves into ecological and sociological themes regularly, and many of his novels appear to be the direct result of his own scientific fascinations, such as the 15 years of research and lifelong fascination with Mars which culminated in his most famous work. He has, due to his
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