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In The Nebula Award Winning Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson Began His Critically Acclaimed Epic Saga Of The Colonization Of Mars, Now The Hugo Award Winning Green Mars Continues The Thrilling And Timeless Tale Of Humanity S Struggle To Survive At Its Farthest FrontierNearly A Generation Has Passed Since The First Pioneers Landed, But The Transformation Of Mars To An Earthlike Planet Has Just Begun The Plan Is Opposed By Those Determined To Preserve The Planet S Hostile, Barren Beauty Led By Rebels Like Peter Clayborne, These Young People Are The First Generation Of Children Born On Mars They Will Be Joined By Original Settlers Maya Toitovna, Simon Frasier, And Sax Russell Against This Cosmic Backdrop, Passions, Rivalries, And Friendships Explode In A Story As Spectacular As The Planet Itself


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  1. says:

    Green Mars takes place some time after Red Mars and describes the breakdown in relationships between the Earth and the Martian colonizers Mars is slowly becoming green as Sax s terraforming is starting to bear fruit, but the Earth wishes to exercise increased control over their colony and this creates an explosive situation The plot is exciting and, as in Red Mars, told through various characters in each chapter in roughly chronological order I liked this device because it left the other characters that are not the focus of a particular chapter continue in their lives seen through the perspective of the primary character for the given chapter I liked Art although I have an issue with the idealization of William Fort and of course Maya, Nadia and Sax around whom much of the action is focused The science is once again fun the space elevator idea being a nice move and the plot moves along rather well I think the characters are better developed here and there are less throwaway moments as those I did not like in Red Mars Blue Mars review up on GR as well


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    After the failed, bloody, chaotic revolution of 2061 on Mars, led by the first hundred settlers, less than half now they laid low for decades, deep inside the frozen, hidden, ice sanctuaries near the greatly underpopulated south polar region, of the Red Planet regrouping, living humbly and quietly , awaiting for the opportunity to strike a second blow, for independence Time marches on, the heavenly body recovers slowly, the natives , become restless again and with the Treatment , life is vastly prolonged, nobody knows for how much, maybe a thousand years Almost half the over a million Martians were born there, have nothing in common with their sister planet And dislike being controlled by the big profit hungry corporations, that are so far away, and rule both worlds Earth, and Mars, cruelly The atmosphere on the fourth planet thickens, full of rich oxygen, but still the deadly, co 2 levels are too high for people to breath Vegetation sprouts on the cold, strange surface, even as snow falls, first algae, lichen, and later small trees, cactus, pretty wildflowers, unknown , ugly plants temperatures rise, the sky turns from pink to pale purple, the ice starts to melt thanks to transforming, by the Big Terran Corporations A huge Sea will soon appear, enormous dikes are built, to keep the water from the growing cities, ships and swimmers will begin using it, imagine, fishing here resorts, ports, curious tourists arriving to play, no tent towns, soon, Burroughs, 200,000 citizens Red Mars is beginning to look like Green Mars But some inhabitants oppose this, the Reds, against the Greens , the latter who approve change, the former wanting this weird, exotic place to stay the same, a lonely desert civil war threatens William Fort, is a different kind of leader, the centenarian, founder of Praxis, one of the biggest multinational corporations on the third planet, believes in freedom, called an eccentric by others, he loves the beach, very active in water sports, with his old cronies as ancient as he Sends Mr.Arthur Randolph to the rebellious distant colony, he is spacesick during the extended, three month voyage, his first as a kind of spy, an Ambassador, in fact but the motives are good At a secret meeting of thousands of the resistance, in a huge underground sanctuary, Art sees their chieftains, Maya, Sax, Anne, Hiroko, Nadia, etc., of the original colonists, who hate each other , the younger generations, resent them too and don t follow their orders Trouble breaks out as it inevitably would, exactly a century from the establishment of the Martian colony in 2027, a new war starts Triggered when an underwater volcano in western Antarctica erupts, melting rapidly the enormous amount of ice there , causing the Earth s Oceans to rise way above their normal levels, drowning anything in their path , billions of people will have to escape this immense catastrophe or perish The future of civilization is at stake A fine book for those who like science fiction epics, that underneath are about the human condition on Earth, than on another planet, well worth reading.


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    Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far Green Mars won the Locus Sci Fi award in 1994 after beating a different Mars novel by Greg Bear, Moving Mars I was reading this book while my wife was nearly nine months pregnant with our son Between antenatal classes and trips to Mothercare, it was Green Mars I sought to escape into during moments of peace on the bus, in the bath, or curled up in the corner of my local coffee shop.I jumped into Green Mars immediately after finishing Red Mars If pushed to compare the two objectively, I d acknowledge that Red Mars is probably the better book , but personally I found Green Mars to be a far enjoyable book.There s a switch up amongst the cast by the end of Red Mars we d seen saw Frank Chalmers, the most bitter of its main character and John Boone the most idealistic , killed off Green Mars replaces them with Art Randolph the undercover diplomat sent from Earth and Nirgal the series first major Mars born character Art is like a down to earth and modest kind of Boone and Nirgal is a life loving, sweet, na ve and all round adorable guy a complete contrast to Chalmers Together, these characters breathe a pleasant and refreshing new life into the story.But if Art and Nirgal are the new lungs of Green Mars it s Sax Russell who grows into being the heart of the story His transformation from reclusive scientist to revolutionary activist is what powers the plot onwards His name is Saxifrage after the plant and my wife became so used to me babbling about his recent adventures that she took to asking how my Sacks of Rage were getting on that day Whereas Red Mars is a book about things eventually going wrong, Green Mars is the flipside up curve of things slowly coming right It s every bit as deeply detailed as the first book, but with splashes of success and celebration throughout that made it a distinctly pleasurable experience It s still, without a doubt, a slow book The whole Mars Trilogy moves like a sleepy tortoise that should just be accepted but large chunks of Green Mars are given over to details of scientific and political conferences interesting, but hardly thrilling stuff There s a lot of time spent looking at rocks and plants, or thinking about the nature of memory It s not light, fun reading, but it is rewarding.While there are personal and planet wide obstacles to be ploughed through, the progress towards a successful second revolution does feel inevitable throughout There s never a convincing overarching reason to doubt, so the book suffered for me from a distinct lack of tension There are some great short term moments of conflict and adversary, but by and large the antagonism consists of the umbrella actions of faceless meta national corporations, and the fragmented nature of the mars resistance itself.I still struggled to enjoy the chapters focused on Michel Duval or Maya Toitovna The ideas of space exploration and terraforming are exciting to me, so to read of characters in the midst of it all being bogged down by homesickness and moodiness was hard to empathise with The second installment in the Mars Trilogy is another fascinating story that I highly recommend to those with the patience to appreciate it I considered giving Green Mars the full five stars because it was my favourite of the three books, but there were just a few too many issues for me to do so.After this I read Blue Mars


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    KSR has been described as writing philosophical sci fi novels of suspense To me his philosophical questioning in Green Mars goes as deep as Valles Marineris This trilogy is about answering the question how do we live together when we have no home A similar sci fi treatment, Battlestar Galactica, attempted to answer this but KSR plays with the question without any heavy handed mysticism, magic, or deus ex machinas In other words, how do we live together can only be answered within the bounds of natural law no faster than light travel here In effect, when we move away from the fantastic and toward the mundane, the question of how we live together becomes political what happens when science has been appropriated by astro capitalism At what point is Mars a colony, and at what point is it independent of Earth With questions like these, Green Mars is about process of preventing dystopia, instead of making dystopia our starting point The second volume is just as good as the first, and here is why the characters, like terraforming the planet, change The stakes are higher for the small underground band of anarchists, revolutionaries, and scientists to succeed Earth in the 2100 s plays a much larger role than in Red Mars, resulting in richer world building How genetic advancements stretch the limits of human memory is explored here And a sense of history presses on every page, so that every action, every word of dialog, makes sense for the world they inhabit KSR convinces you that if we were to colonize Mars, it won t go down any other way but this The Mars trilogy isn t for everyone You really have to crave a steady diet of science and philosophy to love these novels In Green Mars, a scientific conference takes up most of one chapter A political conference takes up another You have to deal with sentences like this The halocarbons in the cocktail were powerful greenhouse gases, and the best thing about them was that they absorbed outgoing planetary radiation at the 9 to 12 micron wavelength, the so called window where neither water vapor nor CO2 had much absorptive ability Of course, I picked the most absurd example Really the writing is quite literary, especially in the brief prologues that open each chapter His Big Man mythos stories are stellar, for instance Overall I can t wait to read the next volume to see how our future will play out 150 years from now.


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    Well that was as unpleasant as the first unpleasant when we follow certain characters but also pleasant regarding the science.This second book in the trilogy starts roughly 50 years after the end of the previous book Terraforming has started to take hold, there are lichen and moss and some forms of grass growing but it is a complicated and slow progress because neither the temperatures nor the oxygen levels are ideal yet Thus, the UN Transitional Authority that are currently in control of the planet after the failed revolution of the previous book try to heat the planet up through orbital mirrors.We follow different characters the surviving original 100 as well as their children and even grandchildren none of them conceived the natural way but through Hiroko s weird breeding program and even some new players from Earth Through the eyes of these people we see Mars changing little by little Some, like Sax, want to help the planet along and thus change their outer appearance through plastic surgery so they can infiltrate laboratories others, like Hiroko, keep staying underground and playing at their silly games of I am a God.What made this book such a slog to get through were, once again, the people There might be fewer of the 100 now, but those that are left have become even annoying in their old age Such as Ann with her militant position against terraforming not even admitting that it s too late as the process has already begun and can t be reversed or Maya with her manipulation of all kinds of men through sex followed by her judgement of another who does exactly the same.There are a few good characters, such as Art who is sent to Mars from Earth to negotiate some form of truce in the name of one of the bigger companies or Nirgal second generation of the Mars born children , who is very scientific and level headed considering his upbringing.Sax, too, had his moments but especially before view spoiler his torture induced stroke hide spoiler


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    One of the chapters of Green Mars is called Long Runout I think it would make a good subtitle for this book Be prepared to spend dozens of pages reading about our protagonists driving around Mars Just driving, driving and thinking, sometimes getting out and walking around I swear if they get into that Rock Mobile one time At times a labor to read I enjoy the wonderful detail of science and speculation and nothing pleases me than when an character goes on a rant about a concept I ve included my favorites in the list below These moments are few and far between and they are interspersed by a lot of non action, chow chow, and drawn out characterizations.There are wonderful concepts and explorations here.1 Planetary Population control Everyone alive has a birthright which entitles them to parent three quarters of a child So a pair of adults can birth 1 and child They can then sell the rights to the other half or purchase rights to have children pg 822 Terraforming Gardens vs natural growth They discuss fellfields on Mars that consist of aided growth and not something naturally taking root Chapters are devoted to discussing CO2 levels, controls and ecological balancing through science.3 Space Elevator That wonderful, wonderful space elevator Detailed again, not long enough, explores and discusses the viability and logistics of capturing an asteroid, anchoring it to a planet and using it as a glorified elevator Heady stuff.4 Transnationals Corporations so powerful they purchase countries and governments A surprisingly disappointing sequel to Red Mars still worth reading for the nuggets of speculative science.


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    Green Mars is, unfortunately, a bit dated The science is still freaking awesome and the sheer amount of cutting edge technology, be it biology, the physical sciences, the sheer insanity of terraforming a whole planet still blows me away Some of my favorite parts, or, indeed, most of my favorite parts, are the scientific expositions, ruminations, digressions, and especially the plot developments and twists that come from the science Where I have a little issue is where I had a little issue in Red Mars It s the people I don t really mind all the drug use or sex addiction or all the little social explorations when it comes to these brothers from another mother world , but there is an awful lot of seemingly pointless, if otherwise presented in a non SF novel, rather decent characterization and character studies that seem to go nowhere Too much Phyllis and Maya, to be honest It s not true for all of them, of course I love Nirgal but not Jackie , Sax, and Art It s really a toss up between Sax and Nirgal, though Nadia was nice to see, however And that leads us to the main focus of the novel At first, I thought it was going to be mostly about a pristine Mars versus a terraformed one, but it wasn t to be It s about Mars versus Earth.It always was going to be this It s kinda obvious, isn t it Revolution No dictating terms, unlimited immigration, police forces, policies that can t really be enforced over THIS much distance And then, of course, there s the other big snag.Prolonged life Overpopulation Near immortality aside from all the degraded mental acuity and memory loss The Earth is in deep shit And it looks at Mars as a bolt hole.Good drama.Now, aside from my personal complaints about too much character study time, I have no doubt in my mind that this trilogy is STILL one of the greatest Mars books ever written I did knock off a star and boot it from my top 100 list of all time, however I just don t have that much patience for characterizations that don t directly result in a better overall story or that don t affect the outcome of the plot substantially A little or even a middle amount of it is no problem, but when all the awesome is skewed toward the science and the action and especially to the breakout emotional scene near the end where all those people hike it across the sands of Mars Well, that stuff is absolutely brilliant and heartwarming and beautiful and whoop out loud amazing Comparing the character stuff to that doesn t cut it.A lesser novel could have rested on the character stuff This is one of the most well thought out and scientifically researched Mars colonization novels ever It shouldn t have to suffer from any side weakness even though it does.


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    This is the second volume of Mars trilogy, every volume of which either won or was nominated for major awards Hugo, Nebula and Locus This one won Hugo and Locus awards and was nominated for Nebula in 1994.The story of Mars terraforming or areoforming of earthlings continues Over 50 years since 2061 revolt, which took down the space elevator and significantly slowed inflow of immigrants The new generations up to a third, sansei of Mars born grew up, especially in Hiroko s zygote The surface of the planet is often covered in lichens and even sturdy grasses, temperature and pressure are up, far from breathable but quite a fit compared with the starting conditions.The character cast has both old acquaintances like Nadia Ann, Sax, Michel and new, Nirgal, Jakey from Zygote and Art sent from Earth by a multinational Their stories remain quite interesting, especially of Sax, even despite on the first time it s the same old repression from Earth and new ways from Mars Only now Multinationals are in cyberpunk like way rule Earth and captured both UN and sovereign governments The immortality treatment isn t available to all and there is a war of haves and have nots Meanwhile on Mars, followers of Ann, called Reds are sabotaging terraformingOnce again a broad range of topics is discussed, from gift economics and communes to ways of terraforming While I cannot agree that a lot of author s positions are correct e.g scalability of communes is questionable if you check real life examples , they are definitely interesting and worth knowing.


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    Once again all the stars It is so seldom that I find SF books that concern themselves with natural sciences on a solid basis or I m looking into the wrong novels As with his first installation of the Mars Trilogy Kim Stanley Robinson shines with convincingly thought through projections into a possible terraforming or better areoforming future on Mars.The story picks up where Red Mars had left us Again we follow different POVs of the First Hundred and some members of newer generations and so get to know various sides on topics of science, philosphy, psychology, culture and social structures Again the author doesn t take sides but lets each of the conflicting opinions speak for themselves.The Mars trilogy so far has proven itself as a masterpiece on all fronts perhaps with the exception of the description of intimate relationships, which sometimes read quite awkwardly, but are thankfully extremely rare It burns slow in parts, because it takes such a loving care to details So readers who need a faster pace or can t be enthused by the description of pioneer flora on Mars but then why does one read SF, if one is not interested in the S of it certainly feel lost within those 600 something pages.But this is my kind of SF I adore it, I live it and I wished I would find some authors who write novels like KSR.


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    Stunningly realizedThis was a reread, and I have no idea why I didn t enjoy this, the second book in the Mars Trilogy, the first time I read it It s stunningly realized, proving once again that this trilogy is as deeply ambitious an undertaking as anything else I ve ever read As we live through our current precarious political and ecological moment on our own planet, reading these books gives me no small amount of hope of what can be achieved through innovation, revolution, and moral courage At the same time, Robinson never shies away from peering into the abyss that is humanity s long, sad history of gigantic mistakes of attempts at governance So these books become a wonderfully rich mixture of cautionary tale, future history, and utopian vision I look forward to finally reading the third book, Blue Mars, to see how well he sticks the landing.