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Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Mar 31, 2008

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

As good as diamond-hard SF ever gets. This guy's on an old, old-school project done really well, with all the great things and all the limitations of his genre. Has time left over to be a decent leftist, make fun of Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and have a more staggeringly comprehensive view of terraforming than anybody i've ever read, even though the author admits he's radically compressed the timescale. Plus, he _nails_ some of the social consequences of the things he introduces. I don't think anyone will write something like this ever again in this post-Singularity-obsession, post-neo-space opera, post-post-cyberpunk world, but it's one hell of a way for old school Clarke/Niven SF to go out with a bang.
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