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Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars

Throughout my years of stalking the science fiction shelves of bookstores and libraries, there’s been a trilogy of books that’s always caught my eyes, but which I never quite picked up to read. They were Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy, with its distinctive covers which matched the titles of the books. I had attempted to get into Red Mars over the years, but never got very far.

A couple of years ago, I picked up 2312 and found myself engrossed in Robinson’s world and vision of the future. At some point after that, I actually met him when he attended a conference in Massachusetts, where he kindly signed a couple of his books for me. Since then, I’ve started re-reading Red Mars, and actually getting into it a bit more.

Robinson’s works fly in the face of what a lot of science fiction seems to revel in: it’s optimistic, and isn’t extrapolatory; that is, taking a darker version of the present day and transplanting it into the future. He’s built fantastic worlds that feel all the more plausible and relevant today than that of most of his colleagues.

Go read Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars over on Kirkus Reviews.

About Andrew Liptak (180 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

6 Comments on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars

  1. I will repeat the comment I left on Andrew’s website for this post:

    I have often looked at these, and thought of all the praise I’ve read about them, and wanted to pick them up. I like hearing that there is an optimistic viewpoint here. It isn’t that I don’t, and haven’t, enjoyed some darker works, but I like and get more excited about optimistic science fiction.

  2. I read Red Mars maybe 15 years ago and liked it quite a bit – but never bothered to pick up the sequels. I’m interested to here what your thoughts are on the entire trilogy, if you end up reading it all.

  3. Bob Blough // January 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm //

    I have read Robinson since his first published work. I think I have read all his fiction output. Some at least twice. These are not easy reads, but they are some of the most rewarding works about what it would be like to do these science-fictional thing. The reality is perfect. He is one of the greatest SF writers writing – and he has lost none of his power through the years.

  4. Fantastic books. Among my top favorites.

  5. Rick York // January 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm //

    Those of you who have not read the full trilogy are missing something brilliant. Many of us love novels about potential future human cultures. In Green and Blue Mars Robinson shows us the actual development of such a culture. In addition, he does this with deep attention to the individuals leading and living in this development.

    The whole trilogy is a masterwork of a profound and serious writer. Robinson’s commitment to both economic and social justice is profound and shines through all his work.

  6. hypnopotamus // January 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm //

    I wanted to see what was the deal with these books and gave my best to thoroughly read them from the first to the last. I was overly disappointed. If they were not so long and slow, they might have actually be good, but this way, it’s just not for me…

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