The Mars trilogy was certainly a big contributing factor to my final deconversion. Robinson uses scientific fact, as well as the latest hypothesis on space travel, genetic manipulation, and colonization blueprints to show us a vision of the future of human exploration. What he comes up with is far better than anything NASA has in the works at the moment.
The story of course goes much deeper. Politics, corporate greed, sexual freedom, religion its all here. I very much wish to hear others opinions, and discuss the ideas put forth.

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Needing some new reading. Will definitely add it to the wish list!
I think you will find alot to love in the books. There is a great subplot about those who want to keep Mars pristine ( dead) and those who wish to terraform it. You doing Park Ranger work in the southwest I think will appreciate it.
The environment here in Glen Canyon does look how you would expect Mars to look in the early stages of terraforming!

On the serious side, there are always the ethical issues of interfering with nature. Trek's Prime Directive makes this point in a big way. You do something which seems in the short term to be helpful, but in the long term can have dire domino effect consequences.
I started Red Mars several years ago and got about halfway through it before my eyesight started failing and I had to drop it. I really regret that. The book is incredibly detailed and excruciatingly precise. His vision and scope are breathtaking.

I became a writer because I love to read, and suddenly reading became a chore. These days I'm pretty much limited to reading what's on my computer screen, and even that tires out my eyes after a while. I can't even pull my way through Terry Pratchett these days; I'm halfway through Monstrous Regiment, and I haven't yet read Thud! or Making Money. Waah!

But assuming Robinson's books don't fall apart beyond the point I got to, I can recommend the series without the slightest hesitation to anyone who enjoys well-thought-out hard sf.
Stephen im sorry to hear about your eyesight. Isnt there something you can do to enlarge the text . Im sure you have already looked into it all. It bothers one , the thought of someone such as yourself not being able to read. I often use audio books through ITUNES. Its not as good as holding a book in your hands but I find I can get consume more information throughout the course of a day.......are you allergic to RETNOX?? couldnt resist that knew you would appreciate it.
The series doesnt breakdown. And the technologies covered are astounding, not to mention the detailed description of catastrophic events.
I read Red Mars when it first came out and then had to wait the inter-book gap for Green Mars - ditto for Blue Mars. However, it was well worth the wait, the trilogy is a gem, with a remarkable vision.
You can see some of Robinson's Buddhist world view in many of his characters, something that appears in most of his novels. It's not so much a mystical, "religious", POV, but rather, more of the unity with all life , anti-violence view.. (with exception of The Years of Rice and Salt which is more of a fantasy)
The (sort of) prequel of the trilogy is Antarctica, it's referred to a number of times in the Mars trilogy as the training site.
THE MARTIANS covers in short story form some of the Antarctic training for the first 100. Plus it has other short stories dealing with different characters from the series as well as an alternative narrative which is interesting. I believe Robinson will go down in history with Wells, Verne, and Roddenberry as one of the great futurist. ooops left out Clark.
I forgot about The Martians and it's coverage of the Antarctic training.
His new trilogy, 40 Days of Rain, 50 Degrees Below, and 60 Days and Waiting, is a near future trilogy about climate change. Lots of Washington insider stuff, technology and political intrigue.
It's an interesting take on possible consequences of climate change.
I read a rumor many months ago that they were looking at doing it as a three year long series for HBO or Showtime. I would love to see this come to fruition then they wouldn't chop to much out.
Yes I long to see this vision brought to TV not movies film would require such a slaughter job of the story that it would lose all its impact and vision.
As long and involved as the trilogy is it would take 3 years of one hour weekly installments to do it justice. I doubt that Showtime or HBO would invest in it but maybe the Sci-Fi channel would take it on.
I would settle for Sci-Fi , except I would want some of the sexual parts NOT watered down!! The scene in Blue Mars of all the friends gathering for lunch and sex at an establishment for that purpose. A society rid of sexual taboos, the floating love scene between two of the main characters, the deep political discussions as the first 100 decide what kind of world will be built. None this could be slighted, in favor of explosions. And HBO and Showtime seem to work with writers who understand the material they are portraying. I thought BSG was awful, doesn't mean I hated everything they did but Ronald Moore ( who oddly enough wrote some of Star Treks finest episodes) just seemed to have NO idea where to go, there was NO redeeming value or inspiration for our future...uuuh dont get me started. But anyway I agree we would be talking about ALOT of screen time.
I've seen these on the shelve but have never read any them or anything by Kim Stanley Robinson, but reading u guy's enthusiasum for the series is sparking my interest. (besides, I'm between series releases right now and desperate for something good.)


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