Red Mars

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"Red Mars"
Part of the Mars trilogy
A novel by Kim Stanley Robinson
M1 Red Mars.jpg
Cover of the 1992 Bantam edition
First published 1992
Pages 572 (Bantam 1992 paperback)
ISBN # 978-0553560732
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Red Mars is the first novel of the Mars trilogy, published in 1992. It follows the beginnings of the colonization of Mars, from the arrival of the First Hundred to the First Martian Revolution.


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Festival Night[edit]

Point of view: Frank

The Voyage Out[edit]

Point of view: Maya

The Crucible[edit]

Point of view: Nadia


Point of view: Michel

Falling Into History[edit]

Point of view: John

Guns Under The Table[edit]

Point of view: Frank

Senzeni Na[edit]

Point of view: Nadia

Shikata Ga Nai[edit]

Point of view: Ann


(to develop)


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  • [Frank's thoughts] But lies were what people wanted; that was politics. (p.7, Festival Night)
  • [Arkady:] "History is not evolution! It is a false analogy! Evolution is a matter of environment and chance, acting over millions of years. But history is a matter of environment and choice, acting within lifetimes, and sometimes within years, or months, or days! History is Lamarckian!" (p.88, The Voyage Out)
  • [Arkady:] "Beauty is power and elegance, right action, form fitting function, intelligence, and reasonability. And very often," he grinned and pushed at her belly, "expressed in curves." (p.187, The Crucible)
  • [John's thoughts] History was like some vast thing that was always over the tight horizon, invisible except in its effects. It was what happened when you weren't looking -- an unknowable infinity of events, which although out of control, controlled everything. (p.283, Falling Into History)
  • [Arkady:] "When we first arrived, and for twenty years after that, Mars was like Antarctica but even purer. We were outside the world, we didn't even own things -- some clothes, a lectern, and that was it! Now you know what I think, John. This arrangement resembles the prehistoric way to live, and it therefore feels right to us, because our brains recognize it from 3 millions of years practicing it. In essence our brains grew to their current configuration in response to the realities of that life. So as a result people grow powerfully attached to that kind of life, when they get the chance to live it. It allows you to concentrate your attention on the real work, which means everything that is done to stay alive, to make things, or satisfy one's curiosity, or play. That is utopia." (p.342, Falling Into History)


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  • Red Mars at The Internet Speculative Fiction Database
The Mars trilogy
Characters Principal: John Boone · Frank Chalmers · Nadia Cherneshevsky · Ann Clayborne · Michel Duval · Nirgal · Art Randolph · Sax Russell · Maya Toitovna · Zo

Supporting: Hiroko Ai · Arkady Bogdanov · Peter Clayborne · Desmond "Coyote" Hawkins · Jackie · Kasei

Places Stellar bodies: Terra · Mars (Phobos, Deimos, Clarke) · Solar system

Martian settlements: Underhill · Burroughs · Sheffield · Sabishii · Zygote · Dorsa Brevia · Odessa · Da Vinci

Groups First Hundred · Areophany · UNOMA/UNTA · Reds (Kakaze, Marsfirst) · Greens · Free Mars · Praxis · The underground
Events Timeline · 1st Revolution · Dorsa Brevia Conference · 2nd Revolution · Pavonis Mons Congress · 3rd Revolution
Concepts Glossary · Terraforming · Areoformation · Space elevator · Longevity treatment · Eco-economics · Ecopoesis
Red Mars · Green Mars · Blue Mars · The Martians