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Green Mars

(Mars Trilogy #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  29,903 ratings  ·  848 reviews
Nearly a generation has passed since the first pioneers landed, but the transformation of Mars to an Earth-like planet has just begun. In Green Mars the colonists will attempt to turn the red planet into a lush garden for humanity. They will bombard the atmosphere with ice meteorites to add moisture. They will seed the red deserts with genetically engineered plants. Then t ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Voyager (first published 1993)
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James Kendall Actually in rereading the book series they delt with it via a layer in the domes that turned purple as it blocky the radiation and have to get…moreActually in rereading the book series they delt with it via a layer in the domes that turned purple as it blocky the radiation and have to get replaced often. They also had rad blocking clothing. But yes the gerontological treatment helped.(less)

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Michael Finocchiaro
Green Mars takes place some time after Red Mars and describes the breakdown in relationships between the Earth and the Martian colonizers. Mars is slowly becoming green as Sax's terraforming is starting to bear fruit, but the Earth wishes to exercise increased control over their colony and this creates an explosive situation. The plot is exciting and, as in Red Mars, told through various characters in each chapter in roughly chronological order. I liked this device because it left the other char ...more
Henry Avila
After the failed, bloody, chaotic revolution of 2061 on Mars, led by the first hundred settlers, ( less than half now) they laid low for decades, deep inside the frozen, hidden, ice sanctuaries near the greatly underpopulated south polar region, of the Red Planet regrouping, living humbly and quietly , awaiting for the opportunity to strike a second blow, for independence. Time marches on, the heavenly body recovers slowly, the "natives ," become restless again and with the "Treatment", life is ...more

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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well ... that was ... as unpleasant as the first - more unpleasant when we follow certain characters but also more pleasant regarding the science.

This second book in the trilogy starts roughly 50 years after the end of the previous book. Terraforming has started to take hold, there are lichen and moss and some forms of grass growing but it is a complicated and slow progress because neither the temperatures nor the oxygen levels are ideal yet. Thus, the UN Transitional Authority (that are current
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Green Mars is, unfortunately, a bit dated.

The science is still freaking awesome and the sheer amount of cutting edge technology, be it biology, the physical sciences, the sheer insanity of terraforming a whole planet... still blows me away. Some of my favorite parts, or, indeed, *most* of my favorite parts, are the scientific expositions, ruminations, digressions, and especially the plot developments and twists that come from the science!

Where I have a little issue is where I had a little issu
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
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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 i
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, maps
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
Leo Robertson
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone said if God wrote, he'd write like Tolstoy. That really depends what he's interested in! And reading what God wrote depends on what you're interested in. Unrest amongst 19th century Russian farmers? Ahahah—Anna Karenina is rubbish.

If God wrote about the colonisation of Mars, its long process, the terraforming, the space elevator construction, the asteroid mining, the religious upset, the marring of science by the oligarchical companies that back the scientists, the struggles of Martian-b
Megan Baxter
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I remember my review of Red Mars correctly, I spent much of my time wondering why we weren't spending time with what seemed the most interesting parts of the story - Hiroko's hidden colony and the rebels. Apparently I just need to be a little more patient, but that's never been my strong point. Green Mars is almost entirely from outside the official corporate structures of power, and spends most of its time with Hiroko's colony and the rebels, as they try to reconcile vastly different goals a ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even more technical than the previous part, this second one focuses more on ecology, economics and politics.

Lead by those remained from the First Hundred, ~ 50 yrs after the events in Red Mars, the Martians (4 generations by now) try to gain independence while Earth is in chaos. Second revolution is in progress and old fears surface once again.

The amount of research for this book is simply overwhelming. The only other time when I was in such awe, concerning the dedication for details and inform
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
50 years after the events described in Red Mars (mainly the revolt of 2061), at the early 22nd-century, Mars is controlled by giant Earth based commercial companies called metanationals. Among other goals, the metanationals intend to exploit mars and use it as a refuge from earth, in case mankind destruct earth. Mars is in a stage of terraforming that has allowed plants to grow but there is an unrest among the population, unrest against the ruling part that earth has on mars. Most of the leaders ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Book 2 of the trilogy. Despite this being a highly acclaimed and awarded novel I found this tough going. I think my main problem with this book was that it was almost all concerned with the socio-political aspects of colonizing a new world and less with the scientific and engineering aspects of terraforming. The first book, Red Mars' also had a lot of this but at least the story moved along in that one. In Green Mars, nothing much happened until the last 60 or 70 pages, and then, quite a bit of ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, lost-reviews
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
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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.
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb!!!! KS Robinson is really a *great* writer.
More future history of Mars!

Not sure if I have a book yet for the 90s for time travel.
Not sure how to sort this for 7 Kingdoms or Heptarchate.
Not sure yet if it meets a TBR 19 category.

But it won a Nebula. And I want to visit Mars. (URC-50)
Nicholas Whyte
Oct 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I think the Mars books are among the best examples of sfnal world-building, combined with politics, that I know; without needing a detailed knowledge of Martian geography in advance (the maps supplied are adequate for me) I got a tremendous sense of the scale and size of the planet, of the vast enterprise of making it livable, not a new Earth, but a new Mars. And Robinson raises questions about the political management of the environment and the wider ec
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite novel in the trilogy.Read it two times.Worldbuilding,excellent new characters,politics,speculations about areology and teraforming,wonderful depiction of changing Martian landscapes,did I mention characters...all of it just works perfectly.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, scifi
Lately it seems as if I’m returning to my teenage reading years with epic sci-fi future histories, which are involving for both the emotions and intellect. To carry the reader along for 600 pages or more, the writer has to craft a vivid and distinctive world then fill it with careful plotting and interesting characters. The examples I’ve read this year are Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, Ada Palmer’s 'Terra Ignota' series (Too Like the Lightning et al), potentially James S.A. Co ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: Diane
Green Mars, the second book in the Mars trilogy, is set nearly a generation after Red Mars. It won the Hugo Award in 1994 and was nominated for the Nebula. in Like Red Mars, the book is broken into 10 parts that mostly follow a single POV. The book starts with a perspective from the the younger generation of colonists - Nirgal, one of Hiroko’s children - and continues with a character newly arrived from Earth, Art Randolph, who is sent by the corporation Praxis to learn about the Martian undergr ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The point is not to make another Earth. Not another Alaska or Tibet, not a Vermont or a Venice, not even another Antarctica. The point is to make something new and strange, something Martian." - Opening lines of Green Mars

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is one of the greatest achievements in science fiction. Maybe this is an exaggeration, maybe I'll change my mind when I get to Blue Mars, or maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. Whatever. Robinson produced something great here: a blend
Luke Cummins
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing and eerily relevant to the modern occurrences. Things like the manned mission to Mars, with a selection process eerily similar to the one in this series, and multinational corporations grip on our political system, makes this a culturally relevant read.

The Mars series, with all it's science that's so plausible, could easily be a prediction of whats to come and a basis for future colonization of Mars. That's both it's greatest attribute and it's biggest flaw. The attention
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...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
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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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