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- Publisher: Harper Voyager (30 July 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00T2HWI48
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Complete Mars Trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The Mars Trilogy brings intelligence, complexity and rounded psychology to hard science fiction.
The criticisms I have seen here and elsewhere online about these books actually give away what is brilliant about this work.
Some say it is too full of nerdy science. Some say it is 'a soap opera', about characters and people's love lives rather than a proper piece of science fiction. Some say it is too political and full of theory.
It is all of these things - and therefore none of them. That is the point.
If you can only see one or two of these themes/styles then you are missing its brilliance.
This trilogy is about how all of these things interact and define and determine each other. To think of human lives or human history as having a single thread or single 'cause' is reductive. The nature of the world, particularly the human world, is emergent - it has qualities that are more than the sum of their parts and cannot be reductively deduced.
What is driving the history of Mars? People? Scientific discovery? Social forces beyond our grasp? Sheer physical forces of environment?
And can people really control any of these things? Can they choose who they are? Can they change their personality or the politics of their society?Read more ›
In the first novel (‘Red Mars’), much of the debate/discussion is centred around the fate of Mars. The physicist Saxifrage ‘Sax’ Russell advocates a ‘Green’ position: arguing for the immediate and rapid terraforming of Mars to make it more suitable for human occupation. The geologist Ann Clayborne advocates a ‘Red’ position: arguing that Mars should be preserved in an undisturbed state. I found their debates are fascinating, even though some of the technical discussion forced me out of the novel to seek clarification of some of the terms. I loved the descriptions, the colours, the sheer size of the landscape.
And then, there are a series of disasters.
The second novel, (‘Green Mars’), picks up the story some fifty years later. While many of the ‘First Hundred’ are now dead, there are now children and grandchildren as well as those who have survived. The multinational/transnational control of Mars has sparked unrest. Corporations on earth seek to exploit rich mineral deposits on Mars. There are underground factions as well: those on Mars seek control over their destiny. Alongside the political machinations and the exploits and adventures of the characters, are beautiful descriptions of the Martian landscape. This book ends with a major catastrophe on Earth which has a huge impact on the importance of Mars.Read more ›
Nevertheless, very high quality sci-fi, with some thought-provoking questions thrown into the mix.
For those who are unfamiliar with them, Mars is colonised, but there are divisions amongst the first hundred on whether to keep Mars as found, or terraform it to make it a new version of Earth. There's a stretch to new technological capability as befits a work of science fiction, but nothing that's too far beyond what we can see on the horizon.
But there's a great richness to the story as you see tensions play out between Earth and its colony. Some of the darker protagonists you can see emerging today on Earth, so the political aspects of this story ring true.
My only regret is that at the snails pace that Humanity is actually making progress to getting to Mars, I'll never live to see just how accurate some of the technological predictions are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read third time I have bought this, at least now it's on a kindle.Published 4 months ago by Houston Joe
Having heard of its strong credentials, I was a little disappointing by these. The story just doesn't feel realistic, and lacks strong sci-fi backing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rhys
God the author rambles, so much needless exposition. Endless endless descriptions of things that contribute nothing tot he narrative, I found myself skipping a lot towards the end.Published 5 months ago by KJP
These books are well written and for me a timely read , Elon Musk has just announced his Mars Plans, I haven't as yet had a look into the science behind the story but it also... Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. White
Better proof reading of the downloadable version needed in places.Published 8 months ago by Shane Askew
A long slog to read. well worth the effort but only for the character development. could have been much shorterPublished 12 months ago by hopbackman