- 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)
Green Mars Paperback – 1 Apr 1994
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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.
‘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’
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is written from the point of view of several protagonists who survived the first book.
They do not gel particularly well together. Read more
excellent although a bit boring in places. Skip reading needed for any of the three Mars books.Published 20 months ago by FS
Really enjoying the trilogy. Written from a very psychological angle.Published 22 months ago by Kevin Swales
I purchased this trilogy in 1999 and it has stuck with me. These are one of my favourite sets off books and I have no idea why it is not a major film or tv series. Read morePublished 22 months ago by I am probably a human
If humans ever colonise Mars, the blueprint has already been written!Published on 24 April 2015 by Dave Coupland