Blue Mars by Kim Stanley RobinsonBlue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Blue Mars

byKim Stanley Robinson

Mass Market Paperback | June 2, 1997

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Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel • Soon to be a series on Spike TV
 
One of the most enthralling science fiction sagas ever written, Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic trilogy concludes with Blue Mars—a triumph of prodigious research and visionary storytelling.
 
The red planet is no more. Now green and verdant, Mars has been dramatically altered from a desolate world into one where humans can flourish. The First Hundred settlers are being pulled into a fierce new struggle between the Reds, a group devoted to preserving Mars in its desert state, and the Green “terraformers.” Meanwhile, Earth is in peril. A great flood threatens an already overcrowded and polluted planet. With Mars the last hope for the human race, the inhabitants of the red planet are heading toward a population explosion—or interplanetary war.
 
Praise for Blue Mars
 
“A breakthrough even from [Robinson’s] own consistently high levels of achievement.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Exhilarating . . . a complex and deeply engaging dramatization of humanity’s future.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“[Blue Mars] brings the epic to a rousing conclusion.”San Francisco Chronicle
Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Sixty Days and Counting, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Galileo’s Dream. In 2008 he was named one of Time maga...
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Title:Blue MarsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 6.87 × 4.15 × 1.25 inPublished:June 2, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0553573357

ISBN - 13:9780553573350

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great ending to a great series!
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Well written wrap up of the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favorite I think this last book in the Mars trilogy is the best. Robinson writes better characters than any other sf author, and this book stands out from the rest of his work. This book is much more personal than Red and Green which focus on the technical and the political respectively. I've read it half a dozen times and it never fails to move me.
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfying conclusion Im amazed at how KSR is able to transform his characters through this book.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Third Great Read This book is a little longer, more political and spends too much time describing scenery, but still contains all the fantastic detail and eye opening scientific point of view I have come to appreciate with this trilogy. Very well done Mr.Robinson.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit weaker than Red or Green... The ultimate trilogy about the colonization of mars, Robinson's "Red Mars," "Green Mars," and "Blue Mars" trilogy is the most stirring and character-driven science fiction I've yet to read, ever. The science is very solid, and in layman's terms often enough to keep even the most science dense of us (myself included) up to speed. The politics are as complicated as one would imagine, and the psychology and sociology of an evolving terraformed Mars is just stupendous! However, the third (and final) book in the series, "Blue Mars" felt a bit more like a wrap-up than a continuing story. Don't get me wrong, this book was good, but it fell a little short of the other two in the series, in that it felt like nothing else really happened other than wrap-up. While I loved the whole series, "Blue Mars" was the weakest of the three.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read it again :) I absolutely loved the trilogy, as a whole. I enjoyed the very detailed descriptions, especially those of scientific nature... and of the technology that made the story possible. The characters were very deep, and there were many times when the reader is carried along in a spectacular journey on someone's train of thought .. This is not light reading, so I can't recommend it to everyone, but I would recommend it to anyone who truly enjoys any or all of the following: science, politics, psychology, technology, environmental preservation, exploration and understanding, evolution, creation, destruction, achieving great dreams... All in all, it really was awe-inspiring.
Date published: 2004-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read for all For anyone that has read the first two installments this is a must read. However this book is sufficiently enticing to allow a new reader to fully understand and enjoy the book on its own! I defintely recommend this to all Sci-Fi fans and science fans as well!
Date published: 2001-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The trilogy's end. When I first started reading Red Mars, I did not like the endless description, now I have grown to love it. The great detail only adds to brilliant writing by Robinson. Throughout the entire Mars series was I amazed at the knowledge possessed by Robinson in so many different fields. The final Mars book is based mostly around the lives of Sax and Anne, and their relationship with one another, and the environment. Politics are throughout the book, but not as dominant as in Green Mars. This book is more based upon the changes in the environment, rather than changes in the government. Blue Mars brings the saga to an end, and leaves you knowing how most of the characters carried on. All in all, this was an excellent conclusion to a great series, which I would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2001-02-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from All description, no plot After reading Green Mars, I couldn't wait to see how the trilogy turned out. Alas, I was disappointed. Robinson seems to have fallen in love with his vision of the future, and describes it in great and glorious detail, but doesn't seem to DO anything in this new environment he's created. I admit I like novels with action, and these endless descriptions bored me, so perhaps others have a different opinion. I could see the value in describing Mars in such detail in the 1st book of the series, to set the stage. And scientifically it was interesting, as I don't know much about Mars except what appears on The National and in Time Magazine. But scientific interest isn't satisfied with speculation about how Mars might look (in minute detail) after several decades of terraforming. A tedious ending to what otherwise was an interesting and entertaining series.
Date published: 2000-06-15

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At a certain moment before dawn the sky always glowed the same bands of pink as in the beginning, pale and clear in the east, rich and starry in the west. Ann watched for this moment as her companions drove them west, toward a mass of black land rearing into the sky--the Tharsis Bulge, punctuated by the broad cone of Pavonis Mons.  As they rolled uphill from Noctis Labyrinthus they rose above most of the new atmosphere; the air pressure at the foot of Pavonis was only 180 millibars, and then as they drove up the eastern flank of the great shield volcano it dropped under 100 millibars, and continued to fall.  Slowly they ascended above all visible foliage, crunching over dirty patches of wind-carved snow; then they ascended above even the snow, until there was nothing but rock, and the ceaseless thin cold winds of the jet stream.  The bare land looked just as it had in the prehuman years, as if they were driving back up into the past.  It wasn't so.  But something fundamental in Ann Caybome warmed at the sight of this ferric world, stone on rock in the perpetual wind, and as the Red cars rolled up the mountain all their occupants grew as rapt as Ann, the cabins falling silent as the sun cracked the distant horizon behind them.Then the slope they ascended grew less steep, in a perfect sine curve, until they were on the flat land of the round summit plateau.  Here they saw tent towns ringing the edge of the giant caldera, clustered in particular around the foot of the space elevator, some thirty kilometers to the south of them.They stopped their cars.  The silence in the cabins had shifted from reverent to grim.  Ann stood at one upper-cabin window, looking south to Sheffield, that child of the space elevator: built because of the elevator, smashed flat when the elevator fell, built again with the elevator's replacement.  This was the city she had come to destroy, as thoroughly as Rome had Carthage; for she meant to bring down the replacement cable too, just as they had the first one in 2061. When they did that, much of Sheffield would again be flattened.  What remained would be located uselessly on the peak of a high volcano, above most of the atmosphere; as time passed the surviving structures would be abandoned and dismantled for salvage, leaving only the tent foundations, and perhaps a weather station, and, eventually, the long sunny silence of a mountain summit. The salt was already in the ground.* * *A cheerful Tharsis Red named Irishka joined them in a small rover, and led them through the maze of warehouses and small tents surrounding the intersection of the equatorial piste with the one circling the rim.  As they followed her she described for them the local situation.  Most of Sheffield and the rest of the Pavonis rim settlements were already in the hands of the Martian revolutionaries.  But the space elevator and the neighborhood surrounding its base complex were not, and there lay the difficulty.  The revolutionary forces on Pavonis were mostly poorly equipped militias, and they did not necessarily share the same agenda.  That they had succeeded as far as they had was due to many factors: surprise, the control of Martian space, several strategic victories, the support of great majority of the Martian population, the unwillingness of the United Nations Transitional Authority to fire on civilians, even when they were making mass demonstrations in the streets.  As a result the UNTA security forces had retreated from all over Mars to regroup in Sheffield, and now most of them were in elevator cars, going up to Clarke, the ballast asteroid and space station at the top of the elevator; the rest were jammed into the neighborhood surrounding the elevator's massive base complex, called the Socket.  This district consisted of elevator support facilities, industrial warehouses, and the hostels, dormitories, and restaurants needed to house and feed the port's workforce.  "Those are coming in useful now," Irishka said, "because even though they're squeezed in like trash in a compactor, and if there hadn't been food and shelter they would probably have tried a breakout.  As it is things are still tense, but at least they can live."It somewhat resembled the situation just resolved in Burroughs, Ann thought. Which had turned out fine.  It only took someone willing to act and the thing would be done--UNTA evacuated to Earth, the cable brought down, Mars's link to Earth truly broken.  And any attempt to erect a new cable could be balked sometime in the ten years of orbital construction that it took to build one.So Irishka led them through the jumble that was east Pavonis, and their little caravan came to the rim of the caldera, where they parked their rovers.  To the south on the western edge of Sheffield they could just make out the elevator cable, a line that was barely visible, and then only for a few kilometers out of its 24,000.  Nearly invisible, in fact, and yet its existence dominated every move they made, every discussion--every thought they had, almost, speared and strung out on that black thread connecting them to Earth.

From Our Editors

Kim Stanley Robinson virtually redefined science fiction with the Nebula Award-wining "Red Mars" and the Hugo Award-winning "Green Mars". This spellbinding third book in his "Mars" trilogy, garnered stellar reviews upon its hardcover publication and further established Robinson as a singular voice in the genre. In this tale, the Martian civilization faces the ultimate test, as a plan to turn Mars into an Earth-like planet causes passions, rivalries, and friendships to explode. National ads, including "USA Today"

Editorial Reviews

“A breakthrough even from [Kim Stanley Robinson’s] own consistently high levels of achievement.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Exhilarating . . . a complex and deeply engaging dramatization of humanity’s future.”The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“[Blue Mars] brings the epic to a rousing conclusion.”San Francisco Chronicle