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Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy, #3) Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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“Economics was like psychology, a pseudoscience trying to hide that fact with intense theoretical hyperelaboration. And gross domestic product was one of those unfortunate measurement concepts, like inches or the British thermal unit, that ought to have been retired long before.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“The intense desire to talk with someone, sharp as any pain; this was what people meant when they talked about love. Or rather; this was what Sax would acknowledge to be love. Just the super-heightened desire to share thoughts. That alone. ”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“That is what capitalism is—a version of feudalism in which capital replaces land, and business leaders replace kings. But the hierarchy remains. And so we still hand over our lives’ labor, under duress, to feed rulers who do no real work.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Without an observer at a twenty three degree angle to the light being reflected off a cloud of spherical droplets, there is no rainbow. The whole universe is like that. Our spirits stand at a twenty three degree angle to the universe. There is some new thing created at the contact of photon and retina, some space created between rock and mind.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“In an expanding universe, Spencer had said, order was not really order, but merely the difference between the actual entropy exhibited and the maximum entropy possible.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Enough is as good as a feast. And it’s when everyone is equal that your kids are safest.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Capital itself is simply the useful residue of the work of past laborers, and it could belong to everyone as well as to a few.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Freedom in an injust system is no freedom at all.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“If you can’t afford housing then the right to vote is a bad joke.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“And some part of him saw it was going to be all right. the heart is pleased by one thing after another. ”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“The sand squeaked underfoot as she toed it. She looked more closely: dark grains of basalt, mixed with minute seashell fragments, and a variety of colorful pebbles, some of them no doubt brecciated fragments of the Hellas impact itself. She lifted her eyes to the hills west of the sea, black under the sun. The bones of things stuck out everywhere. Waves broke in swift lines on the beach, and she walked over the sand toward her friends, in the wind, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“But it can be controlled by labor just as well as by capital. Capital itself is simply the useful residue of the work of past laborers, and it could belong to everyone as well as to a few. There is no reason why a tiny nobility should own the capital, and everyone else therefore be in service to them. There is no reason they should give us a living wage and take all the rest that we produce. No! The system called capitalist democracy was not really democratic at all. That is why it was able to turn so quickly into the metanational system, in which democracy grew ever weaker and capitalism ever stronger. In which one percent of the population owned half of the wealth, and five percent of the population owned ninety-five percent of the wealth. History has shown which values were real in that system. And the sad thing is that the injustice and suffering caused by it were not at all necessary, in that the technical means have existed since the eighteenth century to provide the basics of life to all.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“A square object was visible at a greater distance than a round object of the same area.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Sleep, memory, sleep, body; fall thankfully into the moment, and dream.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“He did not want to be struck by her again. Or worse, denied her company.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“We are making a better way to live. This was the myth, they had all grown up with it.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Always they argued. Neither conceded anything, no compromises were made, nothing was ever accomplished. They argued using the same words to mean different things, and scarcely even spoke to one another. Once it had been different, very long ago, when they had argued in the same language, and understood each other.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“[A] healthy respect for tradition[;]...a kind of default survival behavior”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“They could do anything. That, however, was part of what made it difficult to bring [it] to a close. Infinite possibility was going to collapse, in the act of choosing, to the single world line of history. The future becoming the past: there was something disappointing in this passage through the loom, this so-sudden diminution from infinity to one, the collapse from potentiality to reality which was the action of time itself. The potential was so delicious— the way they could have, potentially, all the best parts of all...time, combined magically into some superb, as-yet-unseen synthesis— or throw all that aside, and finally strike a new path to the heart of just government. . . .To go from that to the mundane problematic...was an inevitable letdown, and instinctively people put it off.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“He was not interested in what they were doing, not any of it— it was both ugly and abstract, a continuous manipulation of people devoid of any of the tangible rewards that so much work had. That’s politics....”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“The triviality of the current scene usually put her off, but now she supposed that the politics of the moment always looked petty and stupid; only later did it take on the look of respectable statecraft, of immutable History.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Some of the gardeners, Nanao said, worked according to the precepts of Muso Soseki, others according to other Japanese Zen masters; others still to Fu Hsi, the legendary inventor of the Chinese system of geomancy called feng shui; others to Persian gardening gurus, including Omar Khayyam; or to Leopold or Jackson, or other early American ecologists, like the nearly forgotten biologist Oskar Schnelling; and so on. These”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Odd how a few sticks of furniture hung around like that. It made her feel better to see them. They would unpack, deploy the furniture, use it until it became invisible. Habit would once again cloak the naked reality of the world. And thank God for that.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars
“Every astronomer loves the stars.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars

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