Blue Mars (Paperback)

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The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green "terraformers." The ultimate fate of Earth, as well as the possibility of new explorations into the solar system, stand in the balance.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780553573350
SKU 30101288
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0553573357
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 5.24L x 1.25T
Author Info
Kim Stanley Robinson
After growing up along the coast of California, Kim Stanley Robinson graduated from the University of California with a B.A in 1974, and Boston University with an M.A. in 1975, and began work on his Ph.D., which he received from the University of California at San Diego in 1982. Studying the works of sf master Philip K. Dick-- author of many classic novels including DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, which was the basis for the film BLADE RUNNER--Robinson's Ph.D. thesis was widely praised and eventually published, with some revisions, in 1984 as THE NOVELS OF PHILIP K. DICK. It remains one of the most essential analyses of Dick's complex career. Following this success, Robinson began work on what was to become his Three Californias trilogy. The first novel, his debut, THE WILD SHORE, was selected to flagship title in the new series of Ace Special Editions--an enormously influential and respected series of books that had begun in the 1960s before dying out in the late '70s--and was released to great acclaim. It, along with its sequels THE GOLD COAST and PACIFIC EDGE, comprise a future history of the Orange County region of California after a nuclear war. With several stand-alone works and short story collections in between, and with his work showing a marked interest in environmental concerns, Robinson then began the Mars trilogy--RED MARS, GREEN MARS, and BLUE MARS--which tracks the history of humankind's terraforming and eventual colonization of Mars. This series netted Robinson one Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, among others, a slew of nominations, and almost uniformly excellent reviews. During his research for the Mars series, Robinson spent an extended period of time in Antarctica on a writer's grant, visiting with scientists who had helped him in earlier research and generally getting the feel of one of the last true frontiers on planet Earth. This experience lead him to write the novel ANTARCTICA, a near-future novel in which the struggles of individual men and women echo a complex corporate battle over the last of the Earth's natural resources. His work, frequently infused with ecological concerns and attention to character, was distinguished early on from contemporary trends of sf--at the time of his first novel, cyberpunk was coming into vogue. Nevertheless, his writing has placed him among the ranks of America's most respected and influential sf writers.
Praise
"Robinson's brilliant extrapolations and fascinating speculations are the product of hard and deep thought, in disciplines ranging from politics and economics through physics to microbiology."
"It is the changing landscape of Mars which is the true protagonist of this extraordinary novel: Robinson describes it with passion and poetry, and so vividly that his fictional Mars seems so much more real than the actual surface of the Moon which we have glimpsed through the mundane perception of the Apollo astronauts."
"At 609 closely printed pages, 'Blue Mars' is a long novel; in its slow unfolding over a great period of time, it sometimes seems to suggest a comparison with Proust. Readers unfamiliar with the earlier volumes should not begin here: the sequence is in a significant sense a single, very long work. But as a complex and deeply engaging dramatization of humanity's future--at times Robinson seems to be writing as a visionary prose poet; at times he seems to be creating a proposed blueprint--the Mars novels are exhilarating."
"Conceptually and stylistically, the Mars trilogy is mature science fiction, a landmark in the history of the genre. It requires close reading and amply rewards the effort. I trust it will not be long before some enterprising publisher hails a promising young author as 'the new Kim Stanley Robinson.'"
From the Publisher
Annotation In the conclusion of the "Mars" trilogy, the colonists have nearly succeeded in their attempts to terraform the planet. Winner of the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Editors Note The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green "terraformers". The ultimate fate of Earth, as well as the possibility of new explorations into the solar system, stand in the balance.
Editors Note 2 Kim Stanley Robinson virtually redefined science fiction with the Nebula Award-wining "Red Mars" and the Hugo Award-winning "Green Mars". This spellbinding third book in his "Mars" trilogy, garnered stellar reviews upon its hardcover publication and further established Robinson as a singular voice in the genre. In this tale, the Martian civilization faces the ultimate test, as a plan to turn Mars into an Earth-like planet causes passions, rivalries, and friendships to explode. National ads, including "USA Today".
Editors Note 3 The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is  threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green "terraformers".  The ultimate fate of Earth, as well as the possibility of new explorations into the solar system, stand in the balance.
Editors Note 4 On the brink of completing the terraforming effort on Mars, colonists find their work complicated by a crisis on Earth, new colonization projects on Jupiter and Saturn, and the onset of a Martian ice age
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Number of Pages 0784
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