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Green Mars (Mars Trilogy #2)

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In the Nebula Award winning Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson began his critically acclaimed epic saga of the colonization of Mars, Now the Hugo Award winning Green Mars continues the thrilling and timeless tale of humanity's struggle to survive at its farthest frontier.

Nearly a generation has passed since the first pioneers landed, but the transformation of Mars to an Eart
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 1995 by Spectra (first published 1994)
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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
KSR has been described as writing philosophical sci-fi novels of suspense. To me his philosophical questioning in Green Mars goes as deep as Valles Marineris. This trilogy is about answering the question "how do we live together when we have no home." A similar sci-fi treatment, Battlestar Galactica, attempted to answer this--but KSR plays with the question without any heavy-handed mysticism, magic, or deus-ex-machinas. In other words, "how do we live together" can only be answered within the bo ...more
One of the chapters of Green Mars is called Long Runout. I think it would make a good subtitle for this book. Be prepared to spend dozens of pages reading about our protagonists driving around Mars. Just driving, driving and thinking, sometimes getting out and walking around. I swear if they get into that Rock-Mobile one more time! At times a labor to read.

I enjoy the wonderful detail of science and speculation and nothing pleases me more than when an character goes on a rant about a concept. I
“Technically he weighed about forty kilos, but as he walked along it felt more like five. Very strange, even unpleasant. Like walking on buttered glass.”
This is my favorite feature of hard science fiction, the little minutiae that make the imaginary scenes not merely believable but also visceral; more vivid to me than riding on a dragon’s back and such. I like Kim Stanley Robinson’s conception of a Mars in the process of terraformation where global warming is actually a good thing!

Green Mars is
I'd like to rate it higher, but it's too didactic. Too preachy. In many places, just plain boring.

Sort of an SF The Silmarillion—for better or worse. A great narrative story and in Robinson's case a firm scientific aura, but too many data dumps and too much historical narrative. The plots are good, but are slighted by the science and "history." And it's all too easy.

The cast is too large and sound too much alike.

Too many key points are made with little thought or reflection.

Interestingly, he pop
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
Every bit as good as Red Mars was - this is a huge epic story, vivid and arresting; this trilogy, so far, is up there with the best of Frank Herbert. I'm looking forward to the third book, but at the same time not wanting it to be over that soon. This series cries out to be made into a trilogy of films, too.
‘Green Mars’ is a novel which kept challenging my expectations, and then surpassing them. If you’d told me that I’d find a long section of a science fiction novel – dealing with a conference arguing what form a new Martian government would take – truly gripping, I would never have believed you. It would have sounded like some nightmare episode of ‘Star Trek’ where Kirk and Spock sit around with some warring ambassadors and long passionate speeches are made and William Shatner overacts wildly to ...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, although the beginning was a little slow going for me. Where Red Mars started well and then slowed down at the end, this book was the other way around. I have found in this series, the less time the characters spend in some kind of vehicle traveling across Mars, the more I enjoyed the story. Those parts get bogged down with too much detail.

If you read the description on the back cover of the book and think that you are going to see lots of POVs from the next gene
Althea Ann

If you liked 'Red Mars' a lot, and read it with sheer pleasure - then you should definitely go ahead and read 'Green Mars' and 'Blue Mars.'

If however, like me, you found 'Red Mars' to have some very interesting idea and details, and appreciated Kim Stanley Robinson's research into a broad range of fields for his epic dissertation on the possible ramifications of terraforming a planet, but ultimately found the experience of reading the novel akin to studyin
...On the whole I think Green Mars is not quite as good and Red Mars. I feel that Robinson tried to put too much information and too much very rapid change in the already compressed time-scale of the series. That being said, the attractions of the first novel are still present in this book. Robinson's vision of the colonization of Mars in frighteningly plausible in some respects and very well thought through. Despite the huge challenges being faced by the characters, there is a sense of optimism ...more
Eh.... After the rich personal relationships that were carved out in Red Mars, this one was a bit of a letdown. It focused more on geology, biology, and general politicing that seem to be the modern focal point of anything to do with Mars in sci-fi... (see Ben bovas work if you doubt this)
All in all the people felt mechanical, the science felt forced and disinteresting...
I have already stockpiled BLue Mars and Martians, so I will probly see this set through, but if you read Red Mars and are luk
In this second installment of the trilogy, politics comes into full flower. The first book dealt with a failed revolution, but it was more about establishing a presence on Mars and answering some fundamental questions about whether or not mankind can even survive off-planet. In this one, the scope is widened to include the geopolitical nightmare unfolding on Earth as human lifespans increase and environmental disasters wreak havoc, and how these factors play an instrumental role in keeping Mars ...more
T.I.M. James
Considering that it took me the better part of 5 months to read this hard SF novel, it could well be believed that it was hard going and some heavy reading, and perhaps in some ways it was. But truth be told I really enjoyed this ongoing tale about the terraforming of Mars, and just could not find the time to read...

For the most part the books look at the changes wrought on the former red planet by man, and the unstable political situation that dominates Earth, and by default Mars, and the detai
I would recommend this book, as I would 'Red Mars' (the first in the trilogy –I haven't read the final book yet). In many ways it is thought provoking and highly enjoyable to read. At times it is hard difficult to put down –what happens next? – yet at others it can drag; especially in relation to the descriptions of martian geography and geology,which I have to admit are not a specialty or particular interest of mine.

Whilst I applaud the character based approach to epic storytelling and greatly
Daniel Bryan
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy peaks in its central volume. Red Mars has a tight narrative and tightly controlled world-building, while Blue Mars expand the scope of the trilogy impressively, with a melancholy tone throughout.

In Green Mars, Robinson constantly amazes with displays of his mature and broad understanding of human nature and our intellectual wealth. His best characters are preoccupied by the intersection between the sciences and the arts. The events of the book hinge on the uni
The nice thing about giving your characters longevity treatments is that you can keep the same bunch of characters throughout your epic series, no matter how long the time span. It’s like having a bunch of Gandalfs running around.

And in Green Mars, this really is the case. Out of the first one hundred Terran scientists to colonize Mars, a small fraction has survived the previous century of hardship, revolution, and each other (no small feat, because they are all crazy!). But that small fraction
As I read further in this series I like it more. I don't like it a ton but I liked this book better than the first in the series: Red Mars. It continues to hold my interest and I want to find out what happens to the characters. I may like this book better because I like the point of view of the characters that are highlighted in this second book rather than those from the first. Kim Stanley Robinson writes the books in a series of sections from one character's point of view. Which in this case i ...more
Michael Sump
“Green Mars” is the second book of a trilogy on the settlement of Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. I rated it a “4” because I liked it better than his first edition, “Red Mars” and I rated that a “3.5.”

This is a big book. The first two books span over a century and address the colonization of Mars and man's attempts at making Mars a new earth through a series of climate changing processes known as “terraforming.” This effort does not please all the Martians and leads to the formation of distinct p
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.

It's been a tendency of the good Science Fiction I've read to improve with the sequel -- Green Mars fits in with this just fine. As with something like Empire
After the events of 'Red Mars' the majority of the surviving members of the first one hundred Martian colonists are forced underground, either literally to a hidden base under the southern polar ice cap or figuratively into the demi-monde of disparate settlements and townships scattered across the face of Mars. The first one hundred, their lives now extended by anti-aging treatments are joined by their children and grand children, each with their own ideas and aims for a truly Martian society in ...more
Wonderfully detailed description of Mars, down to the single grain. Geological and natural descriptions however were sometimes overdone, perhaps evincing the individuals' passions. But there are times when the descriptions are overdone. The word "laminate sand" is fully stuck in my head. And "lichens", thanks to Nadia, Ann and Sax.

Narrative device of one character, one chapter works to flesh out each character fully and teases one to read the subtext of each chapter.

To recognise that there are
If you liked Red Mars you will obviously want to continue, but I don't feel like Robinson breaks much new ground in terms of the ideas he's exploring. There's the narrative appeal of revolution and learning about the hidden colony and the Martian underground, and you learn a bit more about how Robinson see's Earth's progression in the next few hundred years (plutocratic, Malthusian hell, basically), but otherwise there's not too much change from the first book. Characters are still solid, enviro ...more
Meghan Fidler
With a deeper understanding of the characters my first annoyances with "Red Mars" were not present in "Green Mars." Riveting and exquisitely researched, Robinson presents a realistic model of loss and triumph for an emerging governance.

I find the depiction of Maya and her (probable) daughter, Jackie, intriguing. While Maya is debating her role in setting to leading men against one ano
Dan Wohl
While I enjoyed it at times as much or even more than Red Mars -- I really enjoyed the descriptions of the large cities on Mars, and a long scene set at a terraforming technology convention, and the more detailed examination of the chaos going on on Earth at the time, for instance -- I'm compelled to give this 4 stars for pretty much one reason. The descriptions of the planet's changing geology, which teetered on the edge of excessive in the first book, went into full-bore overload in this one. ...more
It starts off promisingly enough. A number of the lesser characters from Red Mars become more developed, the descriptions of the underworld life on Mars are frequently fascinating, and there are wonderfully strange scenes such as the village of statues. But it gets bogged down in talking, and the second half starts dragging and the pace never picks up again. At some point it turned from being an interesting read to a chore.
Of the tree books I probably enjoyed this more than Red or Blue Mars. Certainly it rattles along at a better pace than the previous book.
Again there is a a lot of detail about the political forces and groups on Mars and Earth, the Green's terraforming processes and the growing Red faction's resistance to it. If anything there is far too much of it.
It's also the most proselytising of the three volumes, Robinson's left-wing libertarian heart is most definitely on his sleeve here and he portrays t
William Rood
An epic scientific opera that spans multiple decades, sweeps across dozens of characters, includes both turmoil on earth and even greater such on mars. What is not to love really?

With the gerontological treatments allowing humans to live up to a thousand years, populations exploding on earth, climate change impacting the glaciers on earth, the martian underground maneuvering and plotting their emergence, and the meta-nationals in a struggle for power and dominance, all set the stage for a great

Great characters but the, sometimes seemingly endless, descriptions of pistes, slopes, craters and Martian landscapes in highly scientific and geological language... well it does present the world as seen through the eyes of scientific colonists, but it blocks the character driven narrative underneath this story from being personable; a tricky proposition as so many of the characters are just not very nice and hard to like and the ones I do like keep getting killed.

This is a
I don't like at all to leave a book unfinished, but in my free time I need to enjoy my readings, and if you spent half the time describing rocks and talking about pseudo-philosofical and pseudo-economical questions, well... I think I don't need to say anything else.
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