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Blue Mars [Paperback]

Kim Stanley Robinson
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6 Aug 2009

The final novel in Kim Stanley Robinson’s massively successful and lavishly praised Mars trilogy. ‘The ultimate in future history’ Daily Mail

Mars has grown up

It is fully terraformed – genetically engineered plants and animals live by newly built canals and young but stormy seas.

It is politically independent. A brave and buzzing new world. Most of the First Hundred have died. Those that remain are like walking myths to Martian youth.

Earth has grown too much

Chronic overpopulation, bitter nationalism, scarce resources. For too many Terrans, Mars is a mocking utopia. A dream to live for, fight for… perhaps even die for.


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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007310188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007310180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. He is the author of over twenty previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the highly acclaimed FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN. He lives in Davis, California.

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The final volume of a trilogy that began with Red Mars and continued with Green Mars, Blue Mars completes the story of the "First Hundred", a pioneering group of explorers who have overseen a terraforming project that transformed Mars from a lifeless planet into a world habitable by humans. An anti-ageing breakthrough has kept the First Hundred alive for three centuries and in that time, their motives, desires and passions have evolved in ways that parallel the changes on Mars itself. Conceptually complex and daring, the publication of Blue Mars marks the completion of a modern science fiction masterpiece. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A beautiful book - to be lived in. Let most of it be true'
Daily Telegraph

‘Red Mars is the ultimate in future history’
Daily Mail

'One of the undisputed leaders of the field in contemporary science fiction' Guardian

'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

‘One of the finest works of American sf’
Times Literary Supplement

‘Absorbing, impressive, fascinating… Utterly plausible’
Financial Times

‘Red Mars may simply be the best novel ever written about Mars’
Interzone

‘A staggering book. The best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written.’
Arthur C. Clarke

'A mighty trilogy… forecasting every detail and facet, triumph and tragedy, crucial breakthroughs and trivialities of humanity's colonization of another world'
Daily Mail


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solving humankinds problem - the Martian way! 27 Oct 2001
By Lasse F
Format:Paperback
Mars is now a green and fertile world thanks to the terraforming-efforts made in the previous two books of the trilogy. The conflict between the pro-terraforming "greens" and the militant "Reds", wanting to preserve Mars, first described in "Red Mars", and the struggle between the Earth-based super-corporations started in "Green Mars" is still omnipresent as the story enters its third century with "Blue Mars". But as the planet strives for independence a third facet comes into focus - should the colony confront the future alone, with minimum contact with Earth, or should the planetary congress seek to aid their former adversary in its battle for survival against a disastrous flood, threatening to collapse the entire planet and possibly dragging Mars down in the fall.
What distinguishes Kim Stanley Robinson's work is his great focus on the socio-economic issues of the future: The power of Mega-corporations vs. civil rights and democracy, healthy environmental concern vs. radical militant "ecoterrorism", longevity-treatments vs. natural lifespans and so on. In Blue Mars these conflicts are in particularly seen in the context of how they're solved in both the Martian and the Terrestrial societies.
Personally I'm very fond of Kim Stanley Robinson's thought provoking style and I often find myself spending loads of time rethinking the "what-ifs" the book deal with. Blue Mars is my favourite in the trilogy - mostly because it has the longest horizons and deals with the entire humanity and so it feels more like a future vision that affects me - but you should give the entire trilogy a chance - It raises such an amazing array of questions that you just can't help thinking of a lot of issues in the context of the book. As it says on the cover of the book "it should be mandatory reading for the Martian settlers of the next century", but nevertheless everyone planning to stay down here ought to examine it as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful conclusion to an epic trilogy 4 Oct 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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"Blue Mars" continues direstly from where "Green Mars" left off. The Martians have gained their independence from Earth and now set about establishing new forms of government and developing their own way of life, rather than have it decided for them by the Terran meta-nationals. The book focuses heavily on the actions of the remnants of the First Hundred, such as Sax,Ann,Maya and Nadia plus new characters like Zo and Nirgal.
"Blue Mars" as the title suggests is set on a fully terraformed Mars. The atmosphere has thickened and heated up and the ice seas have melted and created a hydrosphere similar to Earth. The masks and walkers have now been disposed of. The scientific substance of the book now concentrates on developing the longevity treatment, ecopoesis and the psychological difficulties of coping with living for 200 years plus.
I didn't find "Blue Mars" to be as fascinating and exciting as the first two books of the trilogy and was a bit overlong. Perhaps that was due to over familiarity with the setting and characters and it was only when Nirgal and Zo featured heavily that "Blue Mars" had a character of its own and came to life , but unfortunately most of the book concentrated on the First Hundred whose lifes work was more or less complete by the end of "Green Mars". I would have liked to have read more about "The Accelerando" instead. I also didn't like the prolonged ending to "Blue Mars"; I thought it was lacking in impact somewhat and didn't bring the Trilogy to the spectacular end it deserved.
However "Blue Mars" is still a wonderful book, full of impressive and credible scientific detail, and if Mars is to be colonised then this trilogy is a perfect guidebook for its terraformation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ending to a great trilogy 3 Nov 2000
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First thing that I need to make clear is that all three books in this trilogy were extremely boring at parts! I especially found Green Mars to be the worst. I thought the 700 odd pages were a waste and the book could have been much better if it were 300... In contrast, Blue Mars is much better.
Once you read Blue Mars, and complete the trilogy, you'll find how brilliant Kim Stanley Robinson is. OK, maybe he does carry on a bit unnecessarily about some parts, but once it's all done, I am really glad I read this trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vast, Slow, Bold and Beautiful 17 Jun 2005
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On the US mirror site, the usual tedious carping from groupthinking right-wingers that accompanied 'RED' and 'GREEN' has been accompanied by a significant strand of criticism for the slow pace and meandering structure of the final volume of KSRs astonishing 'Mars' trilogy.
Granted, slowing down an already fairly ponderous narrative to a contemplative near-halt is a counterintuitive move, but consider the following:
1) Anyone not ready for a big, slow, character driven journey where literary style is as important as driving plot should have given up halfway through 'RED'. Why continue catering for them?
2) How much more disappointing would it have been if, having shown us the struggle to build a living world, the author fails to describe how people actually live in it?
I think this is what the final trilogy does - which is why the actual plot points sometimes feel a little forced - certainly the mild political wrangling that goes on doesn't deserve the same sort of treatment as the revolutionary fervour of the first two books. Presumably there was more than a little editorial pressure to add at least a little bit of direction - personally I could have done without it, and would have been just as happy with a series of incidents - vignettes showing the fascinating characters in the series enjoying (or otherwise) the fruits of their sacrifices while a new generation expands upon their work.
As to the sudden expansion of human colonisation - the 'Accelerando' - well, Stan's been so good about keeping everything within our own scientific horizons. Why not allow him a few flights of fancy? Remember, also, that this is two hundred years into our future - think back to the early 1800s. In any case, it allows him to have a happy ending on the cosmic as well as the personal scale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars start with red mars
Simply stunning trilogy... Genuinely a MUST read for sci fi aficionados. Can not recommend it more. Science, humanity, poetry... Sublime
Published 1 month ago by max works
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Kim's best
I only gave this 4 stars because of the incredible 2312 by the same author. You MUST read 2312.

The future technology described here has (in some cases) been overtaken... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars blue mars
i choose the rateing as the book is excellent if you love sc-fi you will love this you need to read all 3 and in order however if you read rea mars the 1st you will be hooked
Published 6 months ago by Sallyanne Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Trilogy 's end
Perhaps more technical than the two previous books but nevertheless a fascinating read. Mars can never be the same
These books and this author have defined it's every aspect.
Published 8 months ago by A S Darley
3.0 out of 5 stars A great end to the series
This series has been very interesting and i've enjoyed it. There is so much information provided and so many different subjects covered! I've never read a series like this. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bookloverxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in parts
Having now read all three in the trilogy I would say that they are a worthy effort, firmly in the tradition of Azimov and Clarke (in their more epic modes) - but for me slightly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by N. Harpur
5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched believable scenario
3rd Volume in the Mars trilogy. A well researched believable scenario on how to sustainably colonize Mars and make it work. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Denis Bridoux
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong - but still slow-paced - conclusion to the trilogy
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Published 20 months ago by A. Whitehead
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Although Red Mars and Green books were much better, Blue Mars is fantastic book, I was unable to stop reading it...
Published on 3 May 2011 by J. Kutyla
4.0 out of 5 stars Find out how it all ends!
This is the third volume of a hefty trilogy, and worth reading, not least for the sense of achievement, if you have ploughed through the first two! Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by Ariadne Tampion
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