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Blue Mars

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Part 1 - Peacock Mountain
Part 2 - Areophany
Part 3 - A New Constitution
Part 4 - Green Earth
Part 5 - Home At Last
Part 6 - Ann In the Outback
Part 7 - Making Things Work
Part 8 - The Green and the White
Part 9 - Natural History
Part 10 - Werteswandel
Part 11 - Viriditas
Part 12 - It Goes So Fast
Part 13 - Experimental Procedures
Part 14 - Phoenix Lake
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 Mars Trilogy*
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Mars Trilogy*   See series as if on a bookshelf
A sience fiction series written by Kim Stanley Robinson.

1) Red Mars
2) Green Mars
3) Blue Mars
4) The Martians
Copyright © 1996 by Kim Stanley Robinson
For Lisa, David and Timothy
Mars is free now.
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Waves broke in swift lines on the beach, and she walked over the sand toward her friends, in the wind, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars, on Mars.
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Kim Stanley Robinson
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Indeed this sublime land seemed to him a kind of image of the universe itself, at least in its relation of life to nonlife. He had been following the biogenetic theories of Deleuze, an attempt to mathematicize on a cosmological scale something rather like Hiroko’s viriditas. As far as Sax could tell, Deleuze was maintaining that viriditas had been a threadlike force in the Big Bang, a complex border phenomenon functioning between forces and particles, and radiating outward from the Big Bang as a mere potentiality until second-generation planetary systems had collected the full array of heavier elements, at which point life had sprung forth, bursting in “little bangs” at the end of each thread of viriditas. There had been none too many threads, and they had been uniformly distributed through the universe, following the galactic clumping and partly shaping it; so that each little bang at the end of a thread was as far removed from the others as it was possible to be. Thus all the life islands were widely separated in timespace, making contact between any two islands very unlikely simply because they were all late phenomena, and at a great distance from the rest; there hadn’t been time for contact. This hypothesis, if true, seemed to Sax a more than adequate explanation for the failure of SETI, that silence from the stars that had been ongoing for nearly four centuries now. A blink of the eye compared to the billion light-years that Deleuze estimated separated all life islands each a tertiary emergent phenomenon.

So viriditas existed in the universe like this saxifrage on the great sand curves of the polar island: small, isolate, magnificent. Sax saw a curving universe before him; but Deleuze maintained that they lived in a flat universe, on the cusp between permanent expansion and the expand-contract model, in a delicate balance. And he also maintained that the turning point, when the universe would either start to shrink or else expand past all possibility of shrinking, appeared to be very close to the present time! This made Sax very suspicious, as did the implication in Deleuze that they could influence the matter one way or the other: stomp on the ground and send the universe flying outward to dissolution and heat death, or catch one’s breath, and pull it all inward to the unimaginable omega point of the eschaton: no. The first law of thermodynamics, among many other considerations, made this a kind of cosmological hallucination, a small god’s existentialism. Psychological result of humanity’s suddenly vastly increased physical powers, perhaps. Or Deleuze’s own tendencies to megalomania; he thought he could explain everything.


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Last Updated: 21-Nov-2019


Ah, no, people like the idea of a flat universe because they find negatively curved space difficult to deal with.
Etymology was hard enough without translation thrown into the mix.


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Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel • One of the most enthralling science fiction sagas ever written, Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic trilogy concludes with Blue Mars—a triumph of prodigious research and visionary storytelling.

The red planet is no more. Now green and verdant, Mars has been dramatically altered from a desolate world into one where humans can flourish. The First Hundred settlers are being pulled into a fierce new struggle between the Reds, a group devoted to preserving Mars in its desert state, and the Green “terraformers.” Meanwhile, Earth is in peril. A great flood threatens an already overcrowded and polluted planet. With Mars the last hope for the human race, the inhabitants of the red planet are heading toward a population explosion—or interplanetary war.

Praise for Blue Mars

“A breakthrough even from [Robinson’s] own consistently high levels of achievement.” The New York Times Book Review

“Exhilarating . . . a complex and deeply engaging dramatization of humanity’s future.” The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[Blue Mars] brings the epic to a rousing conclusion.” San Francisco Chronicle
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Richard Ferrone  - Narration

Acclaimed visionary author Kim Stanley Robinson is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winner. Blue Mars is the final volume in Robinson's seminal science-fiction trilogy, which began with Red Mars and continues with Green Mars.

The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

Meanwhile, across the void of space, old, tired Earth spins on its decaying axis. A natural disaster threatens to drown the already far too polluted and overcrowded planet. The people of Earth are getting desperate. Maybe desperate enough to wage interplanetary war for the chance to begin again.

Blue Mars is a complex and completely enthralling saga - as convincing and lushly imagined a future as anyone has ever dreamed. Richard Ferrone narrates this sweeping epic with engaging personality and finesse.
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1996British Science Fiction AssociationBest Novel Nominee
1997Center for the Study of Science FictionCampbell Award Nominee
1997Locus MagazineBest SF Novel Winner
1997Serendip FoundationArthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
1997World Science Fiction SocietyHugo Award - Best Novel Winner
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