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March's Sci-Fi - Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Please join us as we discuss Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, the first book in his epic Mars trilogy.

Red Mars

Red Mars opens with a tragic murder, an event that becomes the focal point for the surviving characters and the turning point in a long intrigue that pits idealistic Mars colonists against a desperately overpopulated Earth, radical political groups of all stripes against each other, and the interests of transnational corporations against the dreams of the pioneers.

This is a vast book: a chronicle of the exploration of Mars with some of the most engaging, vivid, and human characters in recent science fiction. Robinson fantasizes brilliantly about the science of terraforming a hostile world, analyzes the socio-economic forces that propel and attempt to control real interplanetary colonization, and imagines the diverse reactions that humanity would have to the dead, red planet.

Red Mars is so magnificent a story, you will want to move on to Blue Mars and Green Mars. But this first, most beautiful book is definitely the best of the three. Readers new to Robinson may want to follow up with some other books that take place in the colonized solar system of the future: either his earlier (less polished but more carefree) The Memory of Whiteness and Icehenge, or 1998's Antarctica.

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  • Edie

    Great book, lively, to the point discussion. Small group. but everyone participated.

    March 28, 2011

  • Samuel L.

    Excellent book and a good discussion. There were a couple of people who had not finished the book but even they were able to contribute as this book raised interesting points about politics, technology, and human interactions.

    March 27, 2011

  • Vijay

    Everyone seemed to really like the book, and enough of us have or will read the sequels that we might even discuss the sequel (Green Mars) next year. The book has epic sweep and touches on science, economics, history, politics, psychology, sociology, and religion, so at least this time we had an excuse for going off on far-ranging tangents during the discussion. :-)

    March 27, 2011

  • Max P.

    Blast! Sorry it turns out I won't be able to make it today. :(

    March 27, 2011

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