Red Mars (Mars Trilogy #1) (Mass Market)
What will colonizing Mars look like? Who can say for sure, but Robinson gives us one of the better blueprints in the first volume of his legendary trilogy. From the first landing of what will eventually grow into the complete colonization of the red planet by humans. With all the politics, the science, and the questions of philosophy attendant upon matters of "appropriation," Red Mars is thoroughly engaging science fiction that plays out all-too-plausibly. - Mark— Mark
“A staggering book . . . the best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written.”—Arthur C. Clarke
For centuries, the barren, desolate landscape of the red planet has beckoned to humankind. Now a group of one hundred colonists begins a mission whose ultimate goal is to transform Mars into a more Earthlike planet. They will place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light onto its surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels drilled into the mantle will create stupendous vents of hot gases. But despite these ambitious goals, there are some who would fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
“Tremendous . . . a high-water mark in novels of Earth emigration.”—The Washington Post Book World