Blue Mars

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Random House Publishing Group, May 27, 2003 - Fiction - 784 pages
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel • 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

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With Blue Mars, the author could easily have chosen to embroil its plot in civil war and strife among various Martian factions battling for control. What he opts for instead is something much more ... Read full review

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Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - very good I read Red Mars and Green Mars so long ago now (possibly when they came out) and kept saving this one for a time when I could pay it my full attention ... Read full review


Mars is free now Were on our own No one
At a certain moment before dawn the sky always
She dreamed of the long runout The landslide was
To Sax it looked like that least rational of conflicts
It would have been easy to just cut the great
Sax took a solo rover and drove it down the
The next day he drove back up the great southern
So he went back to Pavonis leaving the group in
Shining Mesa had a large top more a kite shape
He left Candor Mesa without a goodbye to
First he had to learn the land With that as
Afterward Nirgal went with Sax up to Da Vinci and
Recently Harry Whitebook had found a method
Sax returned to Da Vinci Crater feeling mildly
It was past midnight the offices were quiet The head
Nirgal got in a rhythm and kept it all day

Ants came to Mars as part of the soil project
Art Randolph was having the time of his life
Back in east Pavonis the congress had begun
The working groups focused on different parts of
Art went to the Reds The three who met with
So he went back to the big table ready to
But still they argued Conflict metaconflict details
They could do anything That however was part of
On Earth meanwhile the great flood dominated
An invisible vise clamped down on Nirgal each day
He woke in a small black chamber It smelled
He landed at a big airport in southern England and
An old man sitting at sickbed Hospital rooms are all
If the mistral hadnt been blowing he might have
Back in the hotel room in Arles he called up
She came the next week
Look not choosing to take the longevity treatment is
She left the refuge in a meteorological rover from the
The ancient highland of Tempe Terra was dotted by
The next day she drove up Hosei Vallis to the
An icechoked sea now covered much of the north
When the congress ended Nadia made plans to get
Nadia however never made it to this conference
Cairo stood on its plateau edge overlooking the
But she was still president of the executive council
Try again She went through another cycle return to
Some months later they were flying back from
Cadres came to the town Xiazha in Guangzhou and
The elevator car descended and Mars grew huge
In the early dawn he woke suddenly He sat against
The next morning they slept in and woke up late
It was a disordered time Population pressures now
Zo sat at the back of a room full of
The shuttle was a pulsed fusion rocket and they
Then it was down the space elevator from Clarke a
In person Ann Clayborne proved to be indeed as
Around Uranus four times as far from the sun as
Back to Mars the red planet the most beautiful
They walked down to the the low bluffs overlooking the
The water of Isidis Bay was the color of a
Michel had always wanted to take a trip on the
But she didnt know that then Then it was only
Michel found them a passenger schooner going
It shouldnt have mattered so much Maya hadnt seen
At the last minute Nirgal went up to Sheffield From
The northern polar island had suffered perhaps more
The literature on longevity and senescence was so
Recent memory work was fairly suggestive of
Up at Acheron a new crowd was in place in
Usually tracking someone down was as simple as
Many of the First Hundred argued for sites other than
They sailed out of the Florentine on a windy
A gun shot a bell rung a choir singing counterpoint
She woke in a silence so still she could hear
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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 magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment.” He serves on the board of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

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