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Red Mars

byKim Stanley Robinson

Mass Market Paperback | October 1, 1993

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Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel • Soon to be a series on Spike TV
 
Discover the novel that launched one of science fiction’s most beloved, acclaimed, and awarded trilogies: Kim Stanley Robinson’s masterly near-future chronicle of interplanetary colonization.
 
For centuries, the barren, desolate landscape of the red planet has beckoned to humankind. Now a group of one hundred colonists begins a mission whose ultimate goal is to transform Mars into a more Earthlike planet. They will place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels drilled into the mantle will create stupendous vents of hot gases. But despite these ambitious goals, there are some who would fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
 
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“A staggering book . . . the best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written.”—Arthur C. Clarke
 
“Absorbing . . . a scientifically informed imagination of rare ambition at work.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Tremendous . . . a high-water mark in novels of Earth emigration.”The Washington Post Book World
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:Red MarsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 6.89 × 4.16 × 1.35 inPublished:October 1, 1993Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 13:9780553560732

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great beginning to the trilogy. Loved the mix of science and drama. (this first book is probably the heaviest on the science, so if science isn't your thing try to stick through it until book two)
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intricate, detailed, and highly readable The first colony on Mars is about to be established. Vivid storytelling, authentic and varied characters make for a highly readable first instalment in the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. Great characters and of course top science.Love KSR!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Longwinded This was way too long. Not interested in two more books of this.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. A great novel that depicts the colonization of Mars. I loved that it takes into account technological obstacles AND it takes into account the social issues of establishing a colony away from Earth.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a fantastic book with ideal yet realistic point of view of a manned mission to terraform another planet. An underrated classic in my opinion
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Colonization Jewel This is without a doubt the bar-setting novel for colonization of other worlds. The extent to which the psychological, sociological and political factors surrounding colonization are explored are unmatched. Add to this a very good science fiction shell and you have a fantastic novel. I'll admit it's not easy going at times - the technical and scientific details get very dense at times. Further, the narration jumps from character to character and forward and back chronologically, sometimes with large gaps. The novel has to cover a large space-time frame and struggles at times to cope. But these are all minor blemishes on a novel deserving of its place in the pantheon of modern science-fiction.
Date published: 2008-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sci-fi Any Sci-fi fan must read this book! I really enjoyed it and the best part is there are two sequals (Green Mars and Blue Mars) that are even better. The realism is so good that at times you forget it's fiction. The detail with which Mars is described is excellent, you feel as though you've been there. The only draw back is that it drags a bit when the team is on the way to Mars, but other than that, its great and as I've mentioned, the next two are even better. Enjoy.....
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little slow, but interesting This book is obviously the first of a series, and if it is read as such, with the intent of reading the rest, it is worth the effort. The science aspect of the science fiction was fascinating to me, but as mentioned by some previous reviewers, the plot moved along slowly, and there were too many characters I didn't care about. It was worth the effort to get to Green Mars, however, so I'll recommend it for that purpose.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lots of detail, little story If you are looking for an action packed thriller, look somewhere else. 250 pages trace -- in laborious, almost mind-numbing detail -- the preparations for the Mars trek, the flight itself, the setting-up of the base, opening containers of supplies and descriptions of what was in them, the step-by-step construction of buildings, the Martian landscapes, etc. This is interspersed with lectures on psychology, politics, philosophy, and various other topics. Then in the last 200 pages the population builds up on Mars, a war occurs destroying everything, and the scenes are all described in long, extreme detail. If you are a geologist, or are trying to paint scenes of Mars and need detailed descriptions, then this book's for you. If you want a fast-paced (or even medium-paced) story, you'll be disappointed.
Date published: 2000-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic After reading this book I feel as if I've visited Mars myself. The details of the landscape are so vivid I could actually see them in my head as I read. The sheer intelligence of this book is shocking. Along with the 2001 books by Arthur C. Clark this was the finest Sci-Fi story I've ever read.
Date published: 1999-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Sci-Fi for the normal Sci-Fi Fan As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It is a must for all Sci-Fi fans. Heavy Sci-Fi fans and normal Sci-Fi fans.
Date published: 1999-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red Mars This is the first book in Robinson's trilogy about the colonization and terraforming of the red planet. It is hard science, has intense characters, and is an enthralling read. In the finest fashion I've encountered in sci-fi, Robinson brings economics, ethics and technology as a social concern into bright focus. The plot seems quite plausible, not forced. Through incredible attention to detail, the Martian landscape comes alive through the eyes of the first 100 settlers on the planet. This book belongs on the shelf of every science fiction fan.
Date published: 1999-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red Mars This is the first book in Robinson's trilogy about the colonization and terraforming of the red planet. It is hard science, has intense characters, and is an enthralling read. In the finest fashion I've encountered in sci-fi, Robinson brings economics, ethics and technology as a social concern into bright focus. The plot seems quite plausible, not forced. Through incredible attention to detail, the Martian landscape comes alive through the eyes of the first 100 settlers on the planet. This book belongs on the shelf of every science fiction fan.
Date published: 1999-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Future History at its Best In the first book of his Mars trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson has created a sweeping, epic vision of mankind's exploration and colonization of Mars. The settings and the characters are all exceptionally well developed and the science is solidly researched. But this is not just sci-fi at its best. Robinson blends politics, ecology and big-business into the mix with truly plausible and sometimes frightening results. Read this book, then buy the next two. They are every bit as good.
Date published: 1999-06-10

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“A staggering book . . . the best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written.”—Arthur C. Clarke
 
“Absorbing . . . a scientifically informed imagination of rare ambition at work.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Tremendous . . . a high-water mark in novels of Earth emigration.”The Washington Post Book World