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Awesome Science Fiction novel,
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This review is from: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) (Paperback)
"Red Mars" is so realistic that it almost reads like a work of narrative history documenting events that have taken place many years ago. Such is the wealth of geographical and technical detail contained in the novel, it is hard not to believe that the author hasn't already visited Mars or travelled back in time from the Red Planet to write this book. The plot is fairly straightforward in that it concerns the colonisation of Mars and its "terraforming" (artificially transforming its climate to make it like Earth) by a group of 100 men and women from Earth later this century. However the quality of the characterisation is excellent, the standard of writing high and the other-worldliness and melancholia of Mars is conveyed perfectly by the author. Mixed in with this is lots of social ,political and philosophical commentary as Man plays God in trying to set up a new Eden on Mars, but finds that a change of environment doesnt necessarily change the human condition. "Red Mars" is an intelligent and thought-provoking novel and I look forward to reading the next two novels in the trilogy.