Blue Mars

Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

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[em]Red Mars[/em], the kickoff to Robinson`s epic Mars trilogy, won the Nebula for best SF novel of 1992; its follow-up, [em]Green Mars[/em], won the parallel Hugo for 1994. The conclusion to the saga is not unlike the terrain of Robinson’s Red Planet: fertile and fully developed in some spots, vast and arid in others but, ultimately, it’s an impressive achievement. Using the last 200 years of American history as his template for Martian history, Robinson projects his tale of Mars’s colonization from the 21[sup]st[/sup] century, in which settlers successfully revolt against Earth, into the next century, when various interests on Mars work out their differences on issues ranging from government to the terraforming of the planet and immigration. Sax Russell, Maya Toitovna and others reprise their roles from the first two novels, but the dominant “personality” is the planet itself, which Robinson describes in exhaustive naturalistic detail. Characters look repeatedly for sermons in its stones and are nearly overwhelmed by textbook abstracts on the biological and geological minutiae of their environment. Not until the closing chapters, when they begin confronting their mortality, does the human dimension of the story balance out its awesome ecological extrapolations. Robinson`s achievement here is on a par with Bradbury’s [em]The Martian Chronicles[/em] and Herbert’s Dune, even if his clinical detachment may leave some readers wondering whether there really is life on Mars. ([em]Piblishers Weekly[/em]) [em]Blue Mars[/em] won Hugo and Locus awards in 1997, was nominated for BSFA award in 1996, and received nominations for the Campbell and Clarke Awards in 1997.

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Kim Stanley Robinson

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From the very beginning of his writing career, Kim Stanley Robinson (b.

1952) had a keen interest in politics, which manifested itself already in the California trilogy of the 1980s - "The Wild Shore", "Gold Coast" ... ("The Gold Coast"), "At the edge of the ocean" ("Pacific Edge"). In the 1990s Marsian Trilogy, Robinson directly introduces political discourse into the text while reinforcing the scientific dimension by actively portraying scientists in a work setting and (perhaps following the example of Arthur Clarke) constructing a large-scale description of the alien landscapes against which the action unfolds. Robinson`s novel The Years of Rice and Salt (2002) belongs to the genre of alternative history and tells of a world in which the influence of European civilization ended in the 14th century. In this work, far from the standards of hard science fiction, Robinson continues the tradition of outright political engagement....

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From the very beginning of his writing career, Kim Stanley Robinson (b. 1952) had a keen interest in politics, which manifested itself already in the California trilogy of the 1980s - "The Wild Shore", "Gold Coast" ... ("The Gold Coast"), "At the edge of the ocean" ("Pacific Edge"). In the 1990s Marsian Trilogy, Robinson directly introduces political discourse into the text while reinforcing the scientific dimension by actively portraying scientists in a work setting and (perhaps following the example of Arthur Clarke) constructing a large-scale description of the alien landscapes against which the action unfolds. Robinson`s novel The Years of Rice and Salt (2002) belongs to the genre of alternative history and tells of a world in which the influence of European civilization ended in the 14th century. In this work, far from the standards of hard science fiction, Robinson continues the tradition of outright political engagement.