Red Mars (Paperback)

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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.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780553560732
SKU 30100759
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0553560735
Release Date 11/1/1993
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 1.5T
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.
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Annotation The first book in Robinson's much-lauded Mars series introduces the first 100 settlers on Mars. The debate commences among the scientists: original unique splendor of the red planet or Earth-like clone? Winner of the 1993 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
Editors Note 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.
Editors Note 2 Chronicles the colonization of Mars in the year 2026.
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