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Chronicles the colonization of Mars in the year 2026.

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"Red Mars is one of those rare moments when a science fiction and a mainstream novel meet and coincide, without either one losing its gratification: you can read it either way. It is Robinson's most ambitious work by far, in which all his varied literary and descriptive gifts finally come together: collective delirium and personal lyric experience, the epic of sport and physical exhertion, the language and exotic landscape, a vivid characterization of memorable individuals — all this now struck and illuminated by history, by a lightening bolt." Fredric Jameson

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"A splendid book. The scientific background and technological details are utterly convincing, the people come alive, and the story comes to a satisfying climax which gives a sense of time passing and history happening such as is rare in world literature." Poul Anderson

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mishellbaker, June 19, 2009 (view all comments by mishellbaker)
I approached this book with trepidation, as I normally don't read hard science fiction. I am frankly not smart enough to understand it, usually. But I found myself pulled into Red Mars almost immediately. Robinson's insight into human psychology borders on preternatural. As an example: the character of Maya resembles me so eerily that I found her voice very "neutral," and I didn't realize she/I was a little bit loony until I saw her from other characters' points of view.

Some have complained about the amount of detail in the descriptions, but I consider myself a fairly impatient, MTV-raised reader and I found myself fascinated by it. It's MARS. I want to know what it looks like! His descriptions of the landscape are haunting and multisensory; the science is presented in a way that makes it fascinating and enjoyable for even the most ignorant layperson (i.e., me).

The best thing to do is not to treat it like pulp sci-fi, but like literature: read it slowly, savor it, and let it affect you. You won't be sorry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553560732
Author:
Robinson, Kim Stanley
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Mars (planet)
Subject:
Mars
Subject:
Mars (Planet) Fiction.
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Mars Trilogy
Series Volume:
1196
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
6.90x4.19x1.29 in. .61 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Red Mars is one of those rare moments when a science fiction and a mainstream novel meet and coincide, without either one losing its gratification: you can read it either way. It is Robinson's most ambitious work by far, in which all his varied literary and descriptive gifts finally come together: collective delirium and personal lyric experience, the epic of sport and physical exhertion, the language and exotic landscape, a vivid characterization of memorable individuals — all this now struck and illuminated by history, by a lightening bolt."
"Review" by , "A splendid book. The scientific background and technological details are utterly convincing, the people come alive, and the story comes to a satisfying climax which gives a sense of time passing and history happening such as is rare in world literature."
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