Mars - Red Mars opens with a tragic murder,
an event that becomes the focal point for the
surviving characters and the turning point in
a long intrigue that pits idealistic Mars colonists
against a desperately overpopulated Earth, radical
political groups of all stripes against each
other, and the interests of transnational corporations
against the dreams of the pioneers.
This is a vast book:
a chronicle of the exploration of Mars with
some of the most engaging, vivid, and human
characters in recent science fiction. Robinson
fantasizes brilliantly about the science of
terraforming a hostile world, analyzes the socio-economic
forces that propel and attempt to control real
interplanetary colonization, and imagines the
diverse reactions that humanity would have to
the dead, red planet.
Red Mars is so magnificent
a story, you will want to move on to Blue Mars
and Green Mars. But this first, most beautiful
book is definitely the best of the three. Readers
new to Robinson may want to follow up with some
other books that take place in the colonized
solar system of the future: either his earlier
(less polished but more carefree) The Memory
of Whiteness and Icehenge, or 1998's Antarctica.
Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson has earned a reputation
as the master of Mars fiction, writing books that
are scientific, sociological and, best yet, fantastic.
Green Mars continues the story of humans settling
the planet in a process called "terraforming."
In Red Mars, the initial work in the trilogy,
the first 100 scientists chosen to explore the
planet disintegrated in disagreement--in part
because of pressures from forces on Earth. Some
of the scientists formed a loose network underground.
Green Mars, which won the 1994 Hugo Award, follows
the development of the underground and the problems
endemic to forming a new society. - Amazon.com
Mars - While Mars flourishes, Earth is threatened
by overpopulation and ecological disaster. People
look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible
interplanetary conflict, as well as igniting
a political struggle between the Reds, who wish
to preserve the planet in its desert state,
and the Green "terraformers".