The Martians

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Random House Worlds, May 27, 2003 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy is one of science fiction’s most honored stories, with Red Mars winning the distinguished Nebula Award, and both Green Mars and Blue Mars honored with the Hugo. Now Robinson returns to the realm he has made his own—the planet Mars—in a brilliantly imagined drama with a searing poetic vision.

From a training mission in Antarctica to blistering sandstorms sweeping through labyrinths of barren canyons, the interwoven stories of The Martians set in motion a sprawling cast of characters upon the surface of Mars. As the planet is transformed from an unexplored and forbidding terrain to a troubled image of a re-created Earth, we meet the First Hundred explorers—men and women who are bound together by Earth’s tenuous toehold on Mars. Presenting unforgettable stories of hope and disappointment, of fierce physical and psychological struggles, The Martians is an epic chronicle of a planet that represents one of humanity’s most glorious possibilities.

Praise for The Martians

“A uniquely rewarding experience of state-of-the-art science fiction.”The New York Times Book Review

“No one familiar with Robinson’s trilogy can read through these final, valedictory stories without feeling moved.”The Washington Post

“The stories are beautifully written, the characters are well developed and the author’s passion for ecology manifests itself on every page.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Short stories from the Mars trilogy, which really must have been read first otherwise these will make no sense at all. Mostly they seem to be out-takes, small sidelines and excerpts from characters ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This book confirms my feeling that Robinson is one of the best sf writers in existence today. He takes the world he created in the Mars trilogy and expands and adds to it so that I can tell it is real ... Read full review

Selected pages


Michel in Antarctica
Exploring Fossil Canyon
Archaea Plot
The Way the Land Spoke to
Maya and Desmond
Four Teleological Trails
Discovering Life
Coyote Makes Trouble
Big Man in Love
An Argument for the Deployment of All Safe Terraforming Technologies
Selected Abstracts from The Journal of Areological Studies
Sexual Dimorphism
Enough Is As Good As a Feast
What Matters
Coyote Remembers

Michel in Provence
Green Mars
Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars
Salt and Fresh
The Constitution of Mars
Some Worknotes and Commentary on the Constitution by Charlotte Dorsa Brevia
Jackie on
Keeping the Flame
Saving Noctis
Sax Moments
The Names of the Canals
The Soundtrack
A Martian Romance
If Wang Wei Lived on Marsand Other Poems Chapter 31 Purple Mars
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Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning Mars trilogy--Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars--as well as Antarctica, The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, Pacific Edge, A Short, Sharp Shock, and other novels. He lives in Davis, California.

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