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Green Mars [Paperback]

Kim Stanley Robinson
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Book Description

6 Aug 2009

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

Mars can be plundered – for the benefit of a ravaged Earth. It can be terraformed to suit Man’s needs – frozen lakes form, lichen grows, the atmosphere slowly becomes breathable. But most importantly, Mars can be owned. On Earth, countries are bought and sold by the transnationals. Why not Mars too?

Man’s dream is underway, but so is his greatest test. The survivors of the First Hundred – Hiroko, Nadia, Maya and Simon among them – know that technology alone is not enough. Trust and co-operation are need to create a new world – but these qualities are as thin on the ground as the air they breathe.

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000731017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007310173
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,032 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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Kim Stanley Robinson has earned a reputation as the master of Mars fiction, writing books that are scientific, sociological and, better still, fantastic. Green Mars continues the story of humans settling the planet in a process called "terraforming". In Red Mars, the initial work in the trilogy, the first 100 scientists chosen to explore the planet disintegrated in disagreement--in part because of pressures from forces on Earth. Some of the scientists formed a loose network underground. Green Mars, which won the 1994 Hugo Award, follows the development of the underground and the problems endemic to forming a new society. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


‘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

‘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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The first book in the Mars series brought us into a newly settled world and made us want to be there - although maybe not having to deal with all those fascinating problems with concrete. Green Mars continues developing characters that we met in the first book and tracking the political and ecological developments of a terraforming world. Unlike much sci fi involving habitation of a new planet, Robinson takes an intelligent understanding of anthropology and social theories and applies it to a well written and engaging plot. I will admit now to reading the whole series already and enjoying almost every moment of them and yearning to see the expansive red landscapes and the gradual terraforming mutating the planet, slowly but surely. If you've read the first book(Red Mars), don't worry about the sequel letting you down. If you haven't read the first one, then read it first, or Green Mars won't make sense.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great epic 10 Nov 1999
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This book is the continuation of Red Mars, it shows how Mars has been changed by the people and how the people have been changed by Mars. It is an extremely good book, filled with a good plot, some science and the socio-poltical observations I have come to expect from Robinson. Be warned though, this is NOT a light read, in fact it is often very heavy going and the non-scientifically minded might get confused by some of the explanations. However, if you can make your way through it then it is an enjoyable and rewarding read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as "Red Mars" 17 Sep 2005
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"Green Mars" seamlessly follows on from where "Red Mars" left off and it is just as well written and convincing as the first book of the trilogy. Once again the whole feel of the book is like an historical narrative written after the event by some kind of time traveller , rather than an imaginative work of futuristic fiction by a talented writer . The plot is thoroughly gripping, the characterisation immense and the geographical, geological and biological detail is phenomenal. "Green Mars" sees the development of a "Martian Underground" resistance which tries to gain political independence from Earth and the transnational corporations that control it. The main characters are all infused with a steely determination to stop Mars becoming an Earth Mark 2 and the book explores their collective struggle to forge a separate Martian identity and society amidst the climate changes brought about by ongoing "terraforming" which is steadily "greening" Mars and creating large areas of surface ice. It is remarkable how the author has brought Mars to life so vividly ;his fantastic world of space elevators, tented cities, genetically engineered flora and Platonic "Scientist-King" revolutionaries is quite astounding. "Green Mars", despite the scientific minutiae is a very readable book. I raced through the 800 page epic in 7 days and I hope that the final book in the trilogy ,"Blue Mars", is just as good as the first two.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dry and verbose, but interesting 5 Jan 2005
Like the first book, Red Mars, at times this can read more like a history textbook than a novel. The book is broken up into sections, each written from the point of view of various characters. This gives each part a personal spin, but breaks up the overall narrative somewhat, leaving the reader a bit dislocated. It also lacks the exploring-the-unknown, hard science aspects of Red Mars, but that was inevitable given the plot.

That said, it's superbly well thought out, and utterly, completely convincing. If you liked Red Mars, this is worth the follow-up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2090. Sixty years ago, humanity landed on Mars, and stayed. The First Hundred led the colonisation effort, soon joined by other colonists and settlers. Thirty years after arriving, the people of Mars demanded political independence from the trans-national megacorps that were gradually subsuming national governments on Earth into their influence. The result was the First Martian Revolution, a revolution that was crushed. During the fighting Phobos was destroyed, the space elevator linking Mars to space fell and two-thirds of the First Hundred were killed.

Mars is becoming greener, with algae, lichen and primitive plants growing on the surface. The atmosphere is thickening, the icecaps are melting and the terraforming is proceeding at a pace outstripping the most optimistic projections. Now several new generations of native Martians have been born, all chafing against the rule of a planet millions of miles away that they care little about. Thirty-nine of the First Hundred still live, their lives extended by an experimental - and expensive - treatment that is only available to the rich and powerful on Earth, fuelling civil unrest there, whilst being freely available on Mars. Over the course of almost forty years, the Martians prepare for a new bid for independence, one that will be led by reasoned argument rather than mindless violence.

Green Mars is the second novel in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy, his epic account of the colonisation and terraforming of Mars. The first novel, Red Mars, concerned itself with the initial landing, exploration and colonisation of Mars, and the changes wrought by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of fresh immigrants from different cultures, culminating in the bloody and failed revolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline and well researched
Very good sequel to an excellent first book. Continuing with the rapid changes on Mars through the eyes of the initial characters, the storyline is good and all hard to put down.
Published 9 months ago by M. Roycroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good
Another great Martian saga from Robinson. So well researched it could become the truth. Highly recommended, only shame is only one more tale left to tell. On to Blue Mars!
Published 15 months ago by A S Darley
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I enjoyed this book even more than Red Mars. It continues on from Red Mars and shows you the people and world from many different perspectives. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Booklover
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 15 months ago by N. Harpur
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Enlightening
2nd Volume in the Mars trilogy. Well researched believable scenario on how to sustainably colonize Mars and make it work.
Published 16 months ago by Denis Bridoux
5.0 out of 5 stars hard going but good
if you like science fiction it is a really good read but hard going with a lot of characters . but I have also bought green mars and blue mars which I am now going to read
Published 18 months ago by K G ROBSON
4.0 out of 5 stars A monument of real SF?
Green Mars is the second book of a series of 3 books (Red, Green and Blue Mars). All of these totalize around 2500/3000 pages of real science fiction if I could say. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Eric le rouge
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Red Mars was OK
Green Mars was boring
Blue Mars was even more boring

It was almost as if the Green and Blue versions were just variations on Red Mars with... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Jim Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly justified self indulgence
This is the second volume of a trilogy which is most definitely not for the faint hearted. I read the three books while recovering from surgery, and would recommend them only to... Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by Ariadne Tampion
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars book 2
Following on from the failed revolution at the end of `Red Mars' this second book in Kim Stanley Robinson's epic trilogy follows the revolutionists as they go underground, while... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2006 by Jane Aland
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