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The Mars Trilogy


Book: The Mars Trilogy

Author: Kim Stanley Robinson


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I first encountered this back in 1997 just as the third book came out. I would have been 23 and read the whole trilogy in a very short space of time. ...
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The Mars Trilogy

How air, plants, water and warfare came to Mars.

A major contemporary science fiction writer, Kim Stanley Robinson is responsible for many classics of the genre. The Mars Trilogy is his most famous work.

The novels Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars track 200 years in the development of the planet as it is terraformed by humans. Thanks to longevity treatments, the same characters appear in all three books.

In the first book, an initial party establishes a settlement on Mars. Corporate politics soon come into play and fighting over control of the planet begins. In Green Mars so named because plants have begun to grow on the planet the conflict continues. The cast expands to include the children and grandchildren of the original novel's characters.

By Blue Mars, seas and lakes have formed on the planet, yet the war continues.

Robinson uses the huge work as a platform for many of his personal concerns. It touches on ecological issues, the rise of corporations and even his hobby, mountain climbing. The trilogy won Nebula and Hugo awards, and established his reputation as one of the few "literary" science-fiction writers. A collection of short stories set in the same world, The Martians, followed in 1999.

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