The Martians (Paperback)

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Robinson returns to the red planet with this Nebula-nominated collection of original work. From a training mission in Antarctica to blistering sandstorms sweeping through barren canyons, these interwoven stories introduce the first 100 explorers on Mars and the emotional and physical struggles they go through.


Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780553574012
SKU 30635454
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0553574019
Release Date 10/1/2000
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4L x 1T
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.
"THE MARTIANS is going to be sought after eagerly by the many admirers of [Robinson's Mars trilogy], and it would not be a bad introduction for anyone who is keen to tackle it....These fragments capture much of the power of the novels: the lyrical descriptions of alien landscape; the sense of awe at new scientific horizons; the impact of the new frontier on human beings and human relationships. And they suggest answers to some of the questions that will be faced when we start colonizing Mars; such as, what do you do with the rules of baseball when gravity id 0.38 that of Earth?"
"Given the complex relationship between these stories and the [Mars] trilogy, the ideal audience for THE MARTIANS has read at least one of the novels, but the "Green Mars" sequence is a highly sophisticated piece of work that can stand on its own. It might also serve as a sampler for those daunted by the trilogy's more than-WAR AND PEACE bulk....There aren't many bodies of work in the genre that will repay the effort as handsomely."
"...[N]o one familiar with Robinson's trilogy can read through these final, valedictory stories without feeling moved."
From the Publisher
Annotation This collection features a number of short pieces that tie up some of the loose ends of Robinson's massive, award-winning Mars trilogy, as well as presenting some alternate-universe views of the events in that series.
Editors Note A collection of stories set in the universe of Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars, tells the story of the colonists of the red planet and their experiences during its terraformation. Reprint.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0448
Publisher Spectra Books

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