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Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

Although it is fiction, Red Mars is based on years of research. As living spaces and greenhouses multiply, an astonishing panorama of our galactic future rises from the red dust. Through Richard Ferrone's narration, each scene is energized with the designs and dreams of the extraordinary pioneers.

©1993 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2000 Recorded Books

Critiques

"Generously blending hard science with canny insight into human strengths and weaknesses, this suspenseful sf saga should appeal to a wide range of readers." ( Library Journal)
"The ultimate in future history." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Global
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  • JLM
  • 21/08/2012

Old School Hard Sci Fi, but softly

What made the experience of listening to Red Mars the most enjoyable?

Science, yes, but also relationships, pathos and politics interact to make this a pretty fun listen. I like these long intertwined stories of science, world building, yet not necessarily space opera-y. Not so far in the future that you can;t imagine it ...kinda...
But you have to be interested in the science to enjoy this, it is an integral part of the story.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Paul
  • 05/01/2009

If you like books with DETAIL not much Action

I can see why the book won awards. The thought that went into this work is VERY good. It kept me listening to the end but it was just so that I could get to the end. It is a detailed look at what colonization would truly be like with all the good and bad points. If you want an action book this is probably NOT for you.

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  • Global
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  • David
  • 17/05/2014

The first Mars colony

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is well-regarded by SF fans, but it didn't really live up to the hype for me, though it's an excellent entry in the hard SF genre. Robinson's prose is not as lyrical as Ray Bradbury's, but it's not as dry as Ben Bova's either. Red Mars seems to synthesize elements from all of Robinson's predecessors — it's a Heinleinesque adventure at times, with hard SF infodumps, but actual characters, and shout-outs to every author who's ever touched Mars, including Burroughs.

Red Mars is the tale of the first Martian colony, and covers a couple of generations of history. The "First Hundred" who established the original settlement become larger-than-life, almost mythical figures to those who follow after them, but as Mars begins to be taken over by political and economic factions bringing old issues of exploitation and oppression (followed by resistance and terrorism) from Earth, the Hundred are just as conflicted and prone to squabbling and working at cross-purposes as all the other settlers.

Early on, there is a huge debate over terraforming Mars, eventually becoming a conflict between the "Reds" and the "Greens." Eventually other cultures arrive on Mars and have their own ideas of what it means to be a Martian settler. Muslims make up a substantial segment of the population, as do Russians and other nationalities, all wanting to have an equal stake in Martian society.

The ending shows the surviving members of the Hundred witnessing what happens after decades of emigration and development on Mars, with much of what has been built up brought down by an uprising among the children of Mars.

If you are a space exploration geek, and especially if you are one of those who still dreams of a Mars expedition in our lifetime, then Red Mars may fire you up with a realistic view of what emigration to Mars might actually look like. It is almost certainly not an accurate picture of what will actually happen, should we ever get that far, but it's a realistic picture of what could happen.

I give this book 4 stars for being one of the best Mars books out there, but not 5 stars, because the story and the characters just did not grab me enough to wonder, "What happens next?"

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  • Global
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  • Angela
  • 09/10/2009

A true masterpiece

Red Mars (and The Mars Trilogy in general) asks big questions: How can we start over and recreate society, taking out the bad stuff and saving the good stuff? Can we escape history and remake ourselves into something that overcomes oppression of women, slavery, racism, greed, militarism, environmental destructiveness? Can we turn our society into a means for giving every member of that society a chance to achieve his or her own potential? These are big questions; they can't be answered with bumper sticker slogans. It takes a lot of detail and careful, thoughtful discussion to address them. So while a lot happens in this series, it isn't Star Trek. Problems aren't easily resolved. Situations are never black and white. The characters change, grow, and even forget how they got to the present.

For readers who like a lot of meat to chew over, these books are probably among the greatest written in the 20th century - obsessively researched, thickly layered with meaning and analysis; the whole series is something that you can listen to time and again, and hear something different every time. The characters are archetypes; even their names express who they are - but they are also real people, with real emotions, amazingly and skillfully brought to life. The issues discussed are both a comment on the present (and history) and, in the best tradition of science fiction, an analysis of future possibilities. I can't recommend the entire series more highly for the reader who enjoys this sort of thing. But be forewarned - there are bad reviews here, and I'm guessing they are from people who were looking for something different - lots of plot and action, perhaps a little less analysis. I enjoy those books too, so I'm not saying that as a criticism of those who didn't find this to their liking. I'm just saying that there are plenty of other books that fill this role. The Mars Trilogy is something else entirely.

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  • Global
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  • Julia Nemeth
  • 03/05/2008

Epic, brilliant

I've read these books twice and was thrilled to see them come out as audio books. They are a committment, not a quick sci-fi fix, but they are truly amazing in the scope, detail, character development and realistic approach the author takes in developing a society on Mars. I can say this is my favorite sci-fi series of all time - and I have read many. There are a lot of characters and I must admit I'm sure it helps I've read the books in print, but if you're used to really listening to complex books these will definitely be worth your time. The narrator is fine, steady and unobtrusive in his reading. I highly recommend this series if a major work of amazing sci-fi is what you are looking for.

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  • Dana
  • 17/07/2008

very long

This is a strange book. The writing is very competent. The aim seems to be to give a hyper-realistic account of what the colonization of Mars might be like, and some of the descriptive passages are startlingly evocative despite the audio narrator's relentless efforts to conceal the meaning of the sentences. The passages about science and technology are interesting even though most of them fail to advance the plot an inch. The plot is for all practical purposes nonexistent. There is a determined effort to shape realistic characters, but overall they are little different from soap opera people. There are long summary passages that sound like back story from notebooks. The characters argue and fight about things that might be important, but in their mouths sound trivial. Most action scenes come off as eighth-grade bullies' scuffles. Despite the intent to realism, I found it hard to believe that the first shipload of Martian colonists would be debating whether to completely throw out the colonization plans made on Earth (which by that time would have been decades in preparation) and with no replacement plans of their own, just naive political and social abstractions. Anyone with a disposition to disrupt the plans would have been screened out by NASA years before. The audio narrator is barely listenable; he is one of those readers with no ear for the rhythms and stresses of English, and who seems to believe words have no inherent meaning or feeling and he has to inject it, mostly resulting in relentlessly mis-stressed words and phrases to the disruption of the feeling that does reside there. The story being slow, the characters adolescent, and the reading poor, what allowed me to listen to this for the full 24 hours were that Robinson's workmanlike feel for English is usually strong enough to override the reader's misrepresentation of the sentences, and that occasionally a passage describing Mars arises vividly, worth waiting for over long, long stretches.

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  • Global
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29/12/2014

I wish there was a different narrator. :(

It's necessary to explain how I listen to my audio books right now. I play them at night, when I lay down and play my games, and during the night. I hear a lot more of the books than one might think.

With that explained, RED MARS begins as a 100 person trip to Mars of the best (insert here), to live on Mars. Sounds simple? Ain't.

I don't like to knock people at their jobs. This fellow shouldn't give up his day job. There are SO many opportunities in this book for a good narrator, or group of narrators. The characters are so rich and diverse. Even among the Americas, there's not really much in the way of differentiation. But even KNOWING there were Russians, Iranian, Iraqi, Shiite, Egyptian, Japanese, Chinese, German, and on and on--my memory is lacking--when I listen to this book I FORGET that Sasha and Nadya are Russian, cause they sound like everyone else. The only group he accented were Southern, and he didn't get us right. The way he reads the book is like all the countries had a prerequisite, and only one. If you go to Mars, you have to speak darn good English--unless you're Southern!

I'm sorry I''ve rambled, but one more thing. He keeps mispronouncing words!

This is a decent book. What a shame to do that to a book.

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  • Global
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  • Ian
  • 18/11/2009

Mars Unleashed

Kim Stanley Robinson has created the most imaginable colonization of Mars. I found the Audio book captivating. Having read all 3 books in the series, I can say that the concepts in the books are completely realistic. The reader does a really good job of portraying the characters in the Novel, each character is distinct in my mind.

I have really enjoyed this Audio book.

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  • Global
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  • Odd
  • 29/03/2017

Attempts to be deep, ends up superficial

Struggles between hyper realism and juvenile attempts at philosophy. I have seen several people complain about shallow or flat characters, but here I disagree. The characters are not flat, rather they are pretty realistic, which I guess is not common in literature, simply because real people ARE kinda shallow and boring and flat (which makes for boring reading). Capable characters with interesting personalities? You'll find none of these in this book. Here they are all idiots and in the end I was just wishing all the characters already introduced would be killed off. I almost got my wish...
Science was ok for the most part, engineering seems to be the authors strong suit. The tangents into philosophy, history, psychology and political theory was on the level of drunken conversations between 18-year-olds.
In the end you don't care about the story (the little of it there is) because you actively hate the characters. The only part of the book that I enjoyed was the first third or so when they built the initial colony. No story to talk of here, but good descriptions of problem solving and novel solutions to the Martian environment. It's a shame really that the author decided to cram in a boring political drama and a love-triangle. The author does drama about as well as an elephant flies.

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  • Global
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  • Nathaniel
  • 19/02/2015

Not the hard sci-fi I was hopoing for

** spoiler alert ** I had been hoping for a hard sci-fi book when I started reading this, but didn't really get that. It has a combination of hard and soft sci-fi that didn't really work for me. I also find that I don't really like Rated R sex. It always seems like it's trying to be PG while really wanting to be XXX and so the love/sex scenes were really annoying. I would have been much happier with either PG or XXX. Also the time frame of the stories is hard to get as the characters have unnatural life spans, so even though about a hundred years have passed it really doesn't feel like that since most of the original characters are still around. I'm going to finish the series but only because I have it on audio. I really don't understand the hype that this series got.

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Dülp
  • 04/12/2011

Geschwätzig

Hard-Sci-Fi ist das zwar auch, aber - zumindest bis zu dem Zeitpunkt, an dem ich nach ca. 4 Stunden abgeschaltet habe - sind das politische Diskussionen wie in der Hippie-WG und viel Beziehungs-Blabla. Passiert ist bis dahin nicht viel, außer dass sich die russische Delegationsleiterin immer noch nicht entschieden hat, welchen der hübschen Amerikaner sie in ihr Bett lassen möchte. Achja, auf dem Mars ist die Expidition auch noch gelandet.

Ich lese (höre) Science-Fiction weil ich an sowas gerade nicht interessiert bin.

Dass der Sprecher für einen non-native Speaker nicht gerade leicht zu verstehen ist und eine für mich tendenziell unsympathische Tonalität hat, tat sein übriges, dass ich das Buch vorzeitig beendet habe.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Julian
  • 01/02/2018

Could not emotionally engage me at all

I know the main characters now, but I did not feel any emotional attachement to them at all. The plot is really slow, but even when there's action it did not draw me in much more than the endless descriptions of Mars' geological formations.
Would probably have stopped reading if this wasn't an audiobook.

Nerdy side note: The automation is just ridiculous. They are manually flying planes that were manufactured by a completely automated factory. They very quickly start to produce crazy luxury items like wine on Mars and seem to have just endless raw materials to build their machines with. Procuring and refining minerals seems to be no problem at all, but apparently there much manual programming effort needed (on Mars, because you can't prepare stuff like that on Earth, obviously) to get brick laying robots to build houses.

This book was recommended from many different sources. I really can't understand why.

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