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Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Nov 28, 07

Read in November, 2007

It's a very well-written, dense, fascinating book that explores the colonization of Mars from the first settlers, to established cities, to terraforming, and then to revolution. Lots of interesting science; the research alone must have taken years. It's about geography, politics, economics, various hard sciences, psychology, and pretty much everything else. The characters are strong and interesting; Robinson writes from a different perspective in each long chapter. He also gets my Not-Sexist Seal of Approval, the first I've awarded to a male science fiction writer.

This book took me longer to read than usual, I guess partly because it's pretty dense and partly because there's so much to enjoy along the way. I highly recommend this to anyone, even people who aren't into sci-fi. This is set on a different planet, but it certainly doesn't fit any of the sci-fi stereotypes. Check it out.
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