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Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Jan 08, 2010

really liked it

i liked this one just as much as the other two. will agree with other friends that the story took a while to get going, but i feel like the wait was worth it. each of these books, while following the same characters, or many of the same characters, hits a different angle and explores different themes. book 1- what would it be like to get a bunch of scientists together, have them colonize a planet and found a society? book 2- politicking and to what extent is it valid to radically alter an entire planet (terrain, atmosphere, exposure to sunlight, etc.) to render it capable of supporting one species? book 3- compromise, reconciliation, reinventing yourself after 250 years of life. i love the images of the "ancient ones" blending with the new generation of martian natives, fully engaged in research, work, surfing, flying, building, sailing, engendering life.

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message 1: by Dave (new)

Dave Glad to hear you have completed the series. I read it over two summers maybe 5 yrs back, and still have the trilogy at the very top of my favorite sci-fi novels. Great technical read on geology, botony, meteorology, and engineering. Sad to say I do not recommend the KSR follow-up "The Martians."

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