Red Mars and Green Mars

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Random House Publishing Group, May 27, 2003 - Fiction - 592 pages
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In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge sceince in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.

for eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny.

John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic "alchemists, " Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life... and death.

The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.

Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope and ingenuity, "Red Mars" is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in human evolution and creating a world in its entirety. "Red Mars" shows us a future, with both glory and tarnish, that awes with complexity and inspires with vision.

"The best tale of space colonization--a lyrical, beautiful, accurate legend of the future by one of the best writers of our time." -- David Brin


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Review: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy #1)

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The scope of this book on the human, political, and geological scale is astounding. Read it so you can have as many emotions as I do every time there is a headline about real-life exploration of Mars! Read full review

Review: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy #1)

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Has its moments but can be a drag. I was suprised by my reaction on re-reading this. I don't think I've become much more of a conservationist than I already was back in the day but the characters ... Read full review

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Writer Kim Stanley Robinson was born in Orange County, California in 1952. He earned a B. A. and Ph. D. at the University of California at San Diego and an M. A. at Boston University. His first trilogy of books, concerning a post-nuclear holocaust: Orange County, collectively won a Nebula Award and two Hugos, but he may be better known for his Mars trilogy, which chronicles the colonization of Mars and spans hundreds of years. He has won an Asimov Award, a World Fantasy Award, a Locus Reader's Poll Award, and a John W. Campbell Award. His title 2312 (Firsttion) made The New York Times Best Seller list for 2012.

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