The Martians

by Kim Stanley Robinson | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0006497020 Global Overview for this book
Registered by cathepsut of Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on 9/27/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by cathepsut from Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, September 27, 2004
(edited 12/05/06)

I absolutely loved the original trilogy:
Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars. Brilliant hard SF. Un-putdownable.

From the back cover:
The Mars trilogy has rapidly assumed the status of modern science fiction classic, capturing the imagination of hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. Now with 'The Martians', comes Kim Stanley Robinson's essential companion to the Mars series.

New novellas and short stories head the collection, featuring many of the trilogy's central characters in events previously only hinted at in the novels. Added to this are works on Martian mythology, the Martian Constitution, scientific extracts and a series of Mars-inspired poems. In short, 'The Martians' is a must for all lovers of the red planet.

'Robinson's Mars Trilogy has been recognised as one of the landmarks of SF in the 1990s, and the time may well come when it is regarded as one of the landmarks of American Literature… The Martians is going to be sought after by the many admirers of the Trilogy… These fragments capture much of the power of the novels; the lyrical descriptions of alien landscapes; the sense of awe at new scientific horizons; the impact of the frontier on human relationships.'

'A fine companion to a classic, fit to stand alongside anything Bradbury wrote. Mar(s)vellous!

My favourite stories were: Exploring fossil Canyon, Maya and Desmond, Green Mars, Sax Moments and A Martian Romance. I loved Green Mars, great climbing. A very good addition to the books. In my opinion you should definitely have read the trilogy. I don't think any of this would make much sense otherwise.
The two stories about Michel and an alternative world were quite interesting. The stories at the end mention a crash. I don't remember this from Blue Mars, I might have to read it again. Anyway, that was a fairly sad ending, although there was obviously a silver lining in A Martian Romance.

9/10: Great book - just a nitpick stands between it and a 10. The nitpick being, that I didn't like the poetry.
My book #21 in 2006, published in 1999, 457 pages. My total pages for 2006 so far: 6,626 pages.

Journal Entry 2 by cathepsut at by snail mail in RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 12, 2006

Released 16 yrs ago (5/13/2006 UTC) at by snail mail in RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases


On its merry way to Ireland as part of my Lifetime Release Challenge. Hope you like it!

Journal Entry 3 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Friday, July 7, 2006
Thank you so much for this & apologies for taking so long to journal. I'm looking forward to reading it, though it likely won't happen for a good while, as Mount TBR is tottering!
And thank you for the lovely book string. Did you make it?

Journal Entry 4 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Friday, November 10, 2006
It was great to return to Mars. I was shocked by the first one, because I didn't realise it was an alternate universe. I was also surprised to find that Roger wasn't related to Ann. I was assuming he was a grandchild or something all along.
Thanks cathepsut!

Journal Entry 5 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Thursday, May 3, 2007
Brought to BCie meeting, where it was taken by herDave.

Journal Entry 6 by MyDave from Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Looking forward to this one, but now I have to get the first 3.....DOH!!

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