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- Publisher: HarperVoyager
- Format: Paperback | 672 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 43mm | 481g
- Publication date: 6 August 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007310161
- ISBN 13: 9780007310166
- Sales rank: 50,912
The first novel in Kim Stanley Robinson's massively successful and lavishly praised Mars trilogy. 'The ultimate in future history' Daily Mail Mars - the barren, forbidding planet that epitomises mankind's dreams of space conquest. From the first pioneers who looked back at Earth and saw a small blue star, to the first colonists - hand-picked scientists with the skills necessary to create life from cold desert - Red Mars is the story of a new genesis. It is also the story of how Man must struggle against his own self-destructive mechanisms to achieve his dreams: before he even sets foot on the red planet, factions are forming, tensions are rising and violence is brewing...for civilization can be very uncivilized.
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Kim Stanley Robinson was born in 1952 and, after travelling and working around the world, has now settled in his beloved California. He is widely regarded as the finest science fiction writer working today, noted as much for the verisimilitude of his characters as the meticulously researched hard science basis of his work. He has won just about every major sf award there is to win.
'Red Mars is the ultimate in future history' Daily Mail 'One of the undisputed leaders of the field in contemporary science fiction' Guardian '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 'One of the finest works of American sf' Times Literary Supplement 'Absorbing, impressive, fascinating... Utterly plausible' Financial Times 'A mighty trilogy... forecasting every detail and facet, triumph and tragedy, crucial breakthroughs and trivialities of humanity's colonization of another world' Daily Mail 'A staggering book. The best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written.' Arthur C. Clarke
In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars. For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic "alchemists," Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life...and death. The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed. Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope and ingenuity, "Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in human evolution and creating a world in its entirety. "Red Mars shows us a future, with both glory and tarnish, that awes with complexity and inspires with vision.