Subject: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 1996 00:14:14 -0400
In response to your comment about Red Mars by K.S. Robinson, I have read about 2/3 of the book so far. I found it to be an exciting story of mars colonization, beginning with the first settlement of 100 scientists, doctors, engineers, biologists, geologists, etc. The first few chapters describe the 9 month journey, the next several describe the building of habitats and exploration of Mars (by rovers). Then as the years pass, other groups are sent representing various countries and factions who begin their even more advanced settlements in different parts of Mars. A running theme throughout the book is the conflict between the various colonists as well as with Terran government about terraforming Mars. Terraforming inevitably begins and as the process is stepped up, there are cases of sabotage. The book is written well and Mars images and geography truly come to life as the colonists explore the planet. I had planned on reading excerpts from the book, as there are passages which I don't feel are appropriate for my students age group (5th and 6th); i.e. description of "adult relationships" in detail. However, I feel the author's imagination far exceeds my own and I would love to share it with my students. It is well worth reading - I gained an even better understanding of the Mars terrain and the ethical question of terrforming. I would definitely recommend it for teachers only though.