Red Mars

by Kim Stanley Robinson

3.38 avg rating
Book 2 of 14 in the Hard Science Fiction Books
268 votes 7 comments
In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science 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.

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Anonymous | 2014-02-21 12:06:12
Isn't this review supposedto be about Red Mars?
Anonymous | 2014-04-16 04:16:43
Where's the description about Red Mars?
Anonymous | 2015-08-23 02:21:34
Review does not match title.
siafu | 2015-08-24 07:17:37
This book, and both its sequels, are freaking amazing. A lot of sci-fi that focuses on the science does so to the detriment of character development, but this has both a solid science story and compelling, well fleshed-out characters, set on a world which KSR does a great job explaining the changes which occur over centuries. There's a little hand-waving genetics, but otherwise the technologies, ecology, and political implications are very plausible, and very compelling. This would be at the TOP of my list.
Anonymous | 2015-12-31 01:24:21
The "review" at is about Foundation, not this novel. Did you have anything to say about Red Mars?
Anonymous | 2016-01-17 04:02:58
Kim Stanley Robinson is a man, you said "she".
Anonymity | 2017-06-25 03:09:44
KIM STANLEY ROBINSON IS A HE!!!! NOT A SHE!!! Go back and learn about the authors before attempting to critique their work. For example, even though Philip K. Dick did acknowledge "The Man In The High Castle" as being his most successful work - he personally disliked it for having what he considered to be the worst ending of all his novels. He even said the only reason he believed it ever won an award was because "obviously nobody finished it." "Ubik", is without question a better selection. Even TIME magazine, of all things, lists "Ubik" on it's list of the best 100 English language books of all time (regardless of genre).
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