An epic, futuristic disaster novel set in the wastes of Antarctica. Like the world it protects, the Antarctic Treaty is dissolving.
‘If I had to choose one writer whose work will set the standard for science fiction in the future, it would be Kim Stanley Robinson’
NEW YORK TIMES
Praise for the Mars series:
‘The ultimate in future history’
‘One of the finest works of American sf’
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
‘Absorbing, impressive, fascinating… Utterly plausible’
‘Brilliantly conceived plot… Stunning visualization of the beauty of this hostile planet’
‘A beautiful book – to be lived in. Let most of it be true’
KSR is an author I have enjoyed for years, capable of painting beautiful and detailed pictures of the landscapes and people around the central characters.
The Mars books are cold and inhospitable, and KSR paints an equally bleak picture of this frozen earhly wasteland, but takes an awful long time doing it.
The characters and plot are OK, and enough to drive a determined reader through the book, however, unless you're a completist, I wouldn't put it top of your reading list.
Why four stars then? The descriptions of Antarctica were enough to make me shiver and reach for that extra sweater.
How the complications of the political and the environmental issues might change the survival of the last 'pure' continent on Earth. How the influence of the 'beakers' can shift the way the place is treated by the Antarctic Treaty countries.
At the same time experience the Travels of Scott, Amundsen, Cherry-Garrard as the pioneers of the continent. The survival in the sub-zero temperature and the beauty of the nunataks, mointains, snow, wind and ice. To find, to see, to strive and not to yield!
A book for people who wondered about the empty continent, scientifically and adventurously.