Mars Trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars
All three volumes of the worldwide bestselling Mars trilogy.
Mars – the barren, forbidding planet that epitomises mankind’s dreams of space conquest.
From the first pioneers who looked back at Earth and saw a small blue star, to the first colonists – hand-picked scientists with the skills necessary to create life from cold desert – Red Mars is the story of a new genesis. It...more
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Green Mars was not quite as strong, but still a decent read.
I absolutely loved Red Mars, and enjoyed Green Mars. Blue Mars was not without its fantastic (and I do mean fantastic parts) but it was also slogged dow ...more
On 21 December 2026, one hundred of earth’s most skilled engineers and scientists begin a nine-month long journey to Mars. It’s a joint American-Russian undertaking, aimed at establishing a permanent scientific outpost on Mars with a view to possible settlement and colonisation. It’s one way to solve a number of serious overcrowding and other problems on the Earth.
In the first novel (‘Re ...more
A perfect encapsulation of everything I love about the genre. It made me both saddened by the flaws of the characters but gave me the hope of a brighter future.
An absolute marvel of a series that needs to be read as one whole. I can not recommend it highly enough.
Kim Stanley Robinson has the ability to mix very relevant and contemporary reflections on society and its most extreme and dangerous trends towards "corporate control" with solid science and a lot of vision to imagine how humans could colonize Mars, terraform it, and experiment with all sorts of social and political organisation away from mother earth.
It's a strongly recommended read to everyone that is either into social science, science fiction or politi ...more
I doubt I'd have been able to get through it on paper, even with the excellent audio production I found myself fast forwarding through long sections of technospeak ... which is rare for me.
So ... a solid "ok, if that's what you a ...more
Not so much so with the plot, the scenes and the characters. Getting into the third book, I found I couldn't bring myself to care about them, their feelings and thoughts, anymore.
A pity, really; instead of closing the trilogy with a bang! the writer let the music slowly fade into silence. ...more
Robinson has written a novel which oozes authenticity, making this science fiction feel very factual and all too visceral as humanity finds a foothold on a new world. ...more
1. The participant selection process seemed ridiculous.
2. There would be one commanding officer, not two weeklings. And Boone would ...more
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 ...more