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Green Mars Paperback – 1 Apr 1994

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553373358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553373356
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,602,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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‘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 Book Review

‘One of the finest works of American sf’
TLS

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For my son, who has his nose in it immediately
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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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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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After reading, a few years ago, the first book in the trilogy, “Red Mars”, I finally found the courage to try my hand at reading “Green Mars”. I’m sorry to say that, in my opinion, it doesn’t stand comparison with the first one.
As always Robinson is very good in world building, i.e. he can create an imaginary future on Mars that is very well detailed and credible, thanks to his vast imagination and a clear thorough research work. And he does so with a wonderful prose. There are really beautiful passages that deserve to be read regardless of everything else.
Compared to “Red Mars” I read it all in the sense that I have not skipped some parts as had happened to me in the first book (the theoretical disquisitions of psychology, for instance). Since such a book that also has an informative purpose tends to be plagued by some info-dump, I’ve never felt like this, perhaps because the author succeeded in better spread his arguments throughout the text without overloading certain parts, but also because these are topics that I found most interesting and related to the story. But I admit that, although I have read everything, I occasionally got distracted in some passages where in fact nothing happened, but I never lost the thread of the plot.
Nevertheless I could not make myself like this book. The reason is simple: I haven’t identified myself with any character. There wasn’t one that has caught me, and at the same time has maintained a consistent role throughout the book, as had happened with Frank in “Red Mars”. In this sense the enormous leaps in time didn’t help; as soon as I found an interesting character (for example, Arthur), the part abruptly ended and from that point on it became negligible in the economy of story.
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Love the trilogy. great for anyone who likes good stories, mars, space or frontier stories.
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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 SF fans in a similarly compromised situation.

It follows the first Martian colonists as they regroup in the wake of their unsuccessful first revolution and prepare for a second revolution, rebranded a 'phase change' by diplomat Art Randolph who masterminds it. This leads to the running question throughout the book, bearing in mind that Art works for one of the Terrestrial 'multinationals', as to whether the Martians are being duped.

It is slower moving than the first volume, 'Red Mars'. So much space is given to discussions of the philosophy of science and economics that it might be described as 'self indulgent'. One gets the impression that because Robinson won the Nebula award for 'Red Mars', no copy editor would dare suggest he prune any padding from a sequel.

Its great saving grace is that the characters, who appeared to represent ideas rather than human beings in 'Red Mars', become more real. My favourite character became the scientist Sax Russell: certainly partly because I could relate to his perception of scientific conferences as 'Utopia'; possibly also because of the endearing way in which he allows himself to be seduced by the evil Phyllis Boyle; probably mostly because of his irrepressible ability to see positive opportunities in every situation. There is, however, a circle of shadowy secondary characters who are harder to get to know, and I often found myself annoyingly flicking back through both books to try and find earlier references to them, in order to rediscover their roles.

There is more humour than in 'Red Mars' - as if the author is more relaxed now that he has won a Nebula Award. Again, there are surprises in the plot, and I frequently had the feeling that I had absolutely no idea where it was going.
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