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The Mars Trilogy


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These are my favourite books of all time.

Has anyone else here read them?



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I'm also lucky enough to have met the author. :)

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They are there just waiting for ther moment :) This trilogy is among my "must-read classics". Hard to tell when it's gonna happen.
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I bought this entire trilogy from Amazon about six months ago, though I've only managed to get about half way through Red Mars since then, as I'm easily distracted by other books- I especially prefer non-fiction and have been eating my way through various physics books in the meantime. I should really get around to finishing this trilogy off I did enjoy what I've read so far, though I would like to discuss its contents- so far it seems a bit idealistic in the portrayal of the mission itself (i.e. the scale of it and pace of it) compared to what I feel we will or could really achieve in the near future, but otherwise it does feel like a measured attempt to describe what those first steps of colonisation might be like, whether I believe reality will mirror it or not.
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I've never read the trilogy it loos really excellent I'll put it on my Birthday List and see if i get it or not.

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Sadly, I haven't read them. I know I should, and it's only a matter of time before I do. The problem with most Mars novels by anyone is that they're almost all about colonization. Ben Bova's Mars is something I highly recommend to people because it really set the tone and really felt like a first expedition to Mars and what it would feel like going there. It's now a trilogy of books, with the 3rd one having been released a few years ago, but it's not as great as the first and second books, problem being the world building that he's done for his universe which feels very political in nature. As for other Mars novels, I'd stay far away from Moving Mars by Greg Bear. He's an otherwise fine author who I like a lot, but this book wasn't very good. As I was reading, I was waiting to get to the good part, and I thought maybe the title would be symbolism for something, as in, "Mars is quite moving for some people.", however, it's quite literal in its meaning as they try to move Mars which I found to be quite ludicrous.
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I've read the trilogy several times over. It never gets boring! They are the staples to any scifi collection along with other classic works such as 2001 A Space Odyssey and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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