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Green Mars

(Mars Trilogy #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36,222 ratings  ·  1,068 reviews
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 Earthl
Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Published May 1993 by Spectra Books
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Chelsea I've read the first two books and I think the second book is similar. I felt like the first 1/2 to 1/3 was hard to get into but by the last half it wa…moreI've read the first two books and I think the second book is similar. I felt like the first 1/2 to 1/3 was hard to get into but by the last half it was a little more focused than the first book. It still had a huge cast of characters and a similar format, though.(less)
Chelsea There are lots of main characters. (Hay muchos personajes principales)

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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
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I’m just loving these damn books!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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 beca
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Althea Ann
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
“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
Oleksandr Zholud
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sixth-sense
This is the second volume of Mars trilogy, every volume of which either won or was nominated for major awards – Hugo, Nebula and Locus. This one won Hugo and Locus awards and was nominated for Nebula in 1994.

The story of Mars terraforming (or areoforming of earthlings) continues. Over 50 years since 2061 revolt, which took down the space elevator and significantly slowed inflow of immigrants. The new generations (up to a third, sansei) of Mars-born grew up, especially in Hiroko’s zygote. The sur
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Philosophy, social politics, sciences and engineering, and the marvel of nature, all put together in a beautifully balanced and immensely intelligent whole. Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy continues to captivate, touch and impress. The exploration of both the beneficial and unfavorable potentials along humanity's steps towards the habitation of a new frontier is insightful, inventive and convincing, and the admiration and dedication to the subject comes across every aspect of the visionary w ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again all the stars!

It is so seldom that I find SF books that concern themselves with natural sciences on a solid basis (or I'm looking into the wrong novels). As with his first installation of the Mars Trilogy Kim Stanley Robinson shines with convincingly thought through projections into a possible terraforming (or better areoforming) future on Mars.

The story picks up where "Red Mars" had left us. Again we follow different POVs of the First Hundred and some members of newer generations and
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an admirable continuation of Red Mars. The relationships and the landscape are the stars of the show.
Stunningly realized

This was a reread, and I have no idea why I didn’t enjoy this, the second book in the Mars Trilogy, more the first time I read it. It’s stunningly realized, proving once again that this trilogy is as deeply ambitious an undertaking as anything else I’ve ever read.

As we live through our current precarious political and ecological moment on our own planet, reading these books gives me no small amount of hope of what can be achieved through innovation, revolution, and moral cour
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Alex Bright
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The fulcrum is in our minds.

Incredible! Especially considering the context of the last 24 hours.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 2019-tbr
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Megan Baxter
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Hard core scifi, and, as is common in this, sex, intrigue, politics, philosophical type debates, descriptions of the changing surface of Mars, action, in-fighting, out-fighting, etc--it's there. Also, Maps if you are doing the 2020 PopSugar Challenge (there are maps in the first one as well, if you opt to start with Red Mars, which I strongly recommend doing in order to save confusion, etc. Summary on the book page, but what I first wrote a couple of minutes ago:

Green Mars--the settlers on Mars-
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
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
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
Part of my 2020 Social Distancing Read-a-thon

Once I got into this novel, my recall of the first book was sharpened and I got interested in the lives of the new generation born on Mars. First generation Martians. But, boy, was there a lot of terraforming detail to endure to get to those bits.

I'm reduced to pecking away at my tablet to write this review which is reducing my usual verbosity, which is probably a relief to some. 😊

Book number 357 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project
Otis Chandler
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, space, mars
A great continuation of Red Mars, which continues to build on the world, giving you a really deep sense of what Mars is like, and the politics it's undergoing. Long, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tons of science to be enjoyed. There was also a lot of descriptions of how people were figuring out how to survive and thrive on Mars, and I loved the science of all the attempts to terraform, mostly by our scientific hero, Sax. But I think my favorite were the space elevator and its construction, and the
second read – 9 August 2020 - ***** Green Mars is the middle book of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy – in my opinion, the best science fiction work of the 1990s. If my review is actually your first encounter with this, go back and read Red Mars first, and plan for enough time to read all three within a reasonable period of each other. If that is too much of a commitment, go for one of his stand-alone novels like The Wild Shore or Antarctica. This book won 1994 Hugo and Locus Awards, and was ...more
I was (very) pleasantly surprised by this, admittedly, for (potentially) the wrong reasons. I read the first installment of the trilogy, Red Mars, a number of years ago and, while I finished the book, deemed it OK (in the strange, blunt, weirdly applied) Goodreads five-star rating system, was (for the most part) glad I read it, I had (as I recall) found myself more bored and disinterested in it (in parts) than I expected and, ultimately, blamed it on length.... But ... at no point after I finish ...more
Dawn F
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following the news back home of an Earth in upheaval, the Mars settlers struggle to find their own way, free of influence and exploitation from Earth. Incredibly accomplished and full of internal politics, this ambitious story continues with another page-turner, as we follow the lives of the original settlers and the first generations of Mars-born humans.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
This is one boring novel. Unless you are a geologist, climate change crier or fond of lichen and cold weather fauna. I finished it while hoping it would get better at some point. It didn't. 2 Stars ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Mars Trilogy (3 books)
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