Synopses & Reviews
"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
"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
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.
Praise for Red Mars
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"