The three books I've read by Kim Stanley Robinson all deal with the
colonization and terraforming of Mars. He deals with fairly technical (hard) science
fiction in getting into the details surrounding the terraforming and some of the technology
available. He also deals with personal relationships and politics. There isn't too much
romance, but overall, he writes in a way that can appeal to most science fiction readers. I thoroughly
enjoyed all three of the books in the Mars series so far.
Books I've Read by Kim Stanley Robinson
Red Mars Red Mars opens with a tragic murder, an event that becomes the focal point for the surviving
characters and the turning point in a long intrigue that pits idealistic Mars colonists against a desperately
overpopulated Earth, radical political groups of all stripes against each other, and the interests of
transnational corporations against the dreams of the pioneers.
This is a vast book: a chronicle of the exploration of Mars with some of the most engaging, vivid,
and human characters in recent science fiction. Robinson fantasizes brilliantly about the science of
terraforming a hostile world, analyzes the socio-economic forces that propel and attempt to control real
interplanetary colonization, and imagines the diverse reactions that humanity would have to the dead, red
planet. (from an Amazon review)
Green Mars Second part of Robinson's Martian trilogy, following the stunning Red Mars (1993). Now, at
the beginning of the 22nd century, Mars is again being exploited by the metanationals (what the transnational
corporations, now fewer and larger and often running entire countries on Earth, have become), acting under the guise
of the United Nations Transitional Authority. Meanwhile on Earth--overpopulated, polluted, and short of
resources--wars have become commonplace. Only William Fort of Praxis metanational has the foresight to want to help
both planets, and so he sends negotiator Art Randolph as his ambassador to the Martian underground. The Martians, a
quarrelsome complex of groups ranging from radical Reds to bewildered recent emigrants, agree on only one thing:
Mars must gain its independence--but this time the revolution must avoid violence and occur, as far as possible, by
consensus. Throughout the human struggle, the face of Mars continues to change as the atmosphere thickens, the
temperature rises, seas form, and plants spread along the chasms and craters. Robinson introduces new characters,
like Jackie and the tall, charismatic, Mars-born Nirgal, to join Red fanatic Ann, battler Maya, scientist Sax, the
treacherous Phyllis, and organizer Nadia. (from an Amazon review)
Blue Mars The colonists on Mars have nearly succeeded in transforming or "terraforming" the red planet
to produce a liveable Earth-like atmosphere. Oceans dot the surface, as do gigantic, diaphanous tents that are
intended to preserve areas of Martian wilderness in their original state. Meanwhile, on Earth, humankind is
struggling to survive the floods of melting polar ice caps, while on Jupiter and Saturn, early terraforming efforts
have just been launched. Then a new ice age imperils the Martian civilization, and the First Hundred colonists and
their Martian-born children must hurdle the final, awesome obstacles to the creation of their infant
civilization. (from an Amazon review)
The Martians(I haven't read this book yet)
From a training mission in Antarctica to blistering sandstorms sweeping through labyrinths of barren
canyons, the interwoven stories of The Martians set in motion a sprawling cast of characters upon the surface
of Mars. As the planet is transformed from an unexplored and forbidding terrain to a troubled image of a re-created
Earth, we meet men and women who are bound together by their experiences on Mars and with each other.
Among them are Michel, a French psychologist dazzled by the beauty around him; Maya, a woman whose ill-fated love
affairs lead to her first voyage to Mars; and Roger, a tall Martian-born guide who lacks social skills but has the
courage to survive on the planet's dangerous yet strangely compelling surface.
Beginning with the First Hundred explorers, generations of friends, enemies, and lovers are swept up in the drama
that is Earth's tenuous toehold on Mars. International exploration turns into world building; world building
degenerates into political conflict, revolution, and war.
Following the strands of these lives and events, in an age when human life has been extended for decades, The
Martians becomes the story of generations lived on the edge of the ultimate frontier, in a landscape of constant
man-made and natural transformation.