Not a book club, remainder or ex-library copy. A fascinating development in the book is the invention of a treatment that enables significant life longevity. That surge occurs in this third installment, Blue Mars, and leaves the reader gaping into the enormous depths of jagged human emotions. But I also love the way in which age functions in these books, and how Robinson imagines what a sudden boon in longevity would mean for us, both culturally and individually. As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life so far.
Somewhere in there, together with everything else, the author introduces the plot device of the Longevity Treatment, so that he can have the same characters reappear throughout the generation-long task of terraforming a planet. Here is us living our lives, the same as before in some ways, different in some ways, as it has been in all the previous chapters. Also many of the characters from Red Mars were dead and I didn't like their bratty offspring. So what is this novel about? The third volume in Robinson's award-winning and masterful Mars trilogy, winner of the 1997 Hugo and Locus awards for best novel. Please, do yourselves a favour and take the time to listen to the messages within it.
The changes pushed us too far apart to ever be together again. John immense prestige at the highest levels on Earth, sends a second visit to Mars, vastly more advanced, than the previous one, with a huge sophisticated spaceship, and 100 passengers inside, biologists , geologists, physicians, astronauts, physicists and builders. The science is fantastic and all the well-researched ways to change Mars still makes me geek out. Thanks to longevity treatments, the reader views most events through the First Hundred the original Martian colonists from the early 21st century and some of their decedents. Well, I haven't of course but it feels a little like that.
In a quest-sub-plot, Nirgal also spends a ridiculous amount of time looking for his and so many others'. I still love the novel but I'm knocking off a star. But I wouldn't read the Rama sequels. In the same way that the introduction of Nirgal in seemed to give the series a fresh dimension, I felt the arrival of the hedonistic young Zo Boone in could really add something sparkling and fun. These people had to endure a year of isolated, highly-monitored living in a confined space to get a ticket on the spaceship.
It is one of my lost reviews. However, the overall writing style was good. That you'd left your descendants with all kinds of toxic long-term debts. The Story was evoking and had me completely enthralled. His moving from character to character throughout all three books worked well. For one thing, he seems to actually understand the philosophical issues he raises, for another, just as with the science, the philosophy reflects events occurring in the novel and with the characters.
When there were maps in Green Mars and Blue Mars, they did not always note the craters or geologic features which were described in the text which meant that either they weren't detailed enough or that they were almost nearly superfluous. The final chapter in the saga of Martian colonization is by far the weakest. At first, I was really happy with this development - it sucks to get emotionally invested in characters and then have to watch them all succumb to the ravages of time. The fact that it's set in the future doesn't seem adequate to me given the pains to which Robinson goes to keep things grounded in science. I've been living on Mars for the last 3 months and wish that, if it were possible, I could actually live there, at least the Mars portrayed in these books.
But by all reports, Red Mars, and the subsequent Green Mars and Blue Mars are good solid entertainment and a relatively realistic look at how human colonization of Mars might play out. They are no longer the eggheaded outcasts of Red Mars, or the world-building dieties of Green Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson gives a very realistic picture of the colonization of Mars beginning with the first hundred scientists, engineers, and other specialists who were selected to live on Mars. When a vaccine for aging is developed - is everyone allowed to have it? If that's not realism I don't know what is. But fundamentally, it's stories and characters that sell narratives, and Robinson manages to provide those as well. However, violent outbursts such as the Reds firing missiles at the new elevator are thwarted. Robinson adopts this as a fundamental current throughout the book and the series in the form of Ann and Sax's arguments over whether Mars should be terraformed at all.
The two worlds of Urras and Anarres are replaced by Mars and Earth, respectively. The war was relatively but not entirely non-violent, and the Martians have all but kicked out the Terrans and are free to start their new utopian society. Something had to be done. The ending shows the surviving members of the Hundred witnessing what happens after decades of emigration and development on Mars, with much of what has been built up brought down by an uprising among the children of Mars. I'll let it settle a bit. I saw them primarily as symbols or little more than a thin fictional lens through which to explore how the settling of other worlds might play out.