Review of Red Mars (1992)


Kim Stanley Robinson (writer).

Read in 2019.

A remarkably sincere and competetent future history. Most SF readers, at the time of my reading, preferred this book to The Sands of Mars (1951) for the reason that Captain Norden states in the earlier novel: “Nothing is deader than yesterday’s science-fiction”. Robinson is gradually meeting the same fate. The plot is undermined by later discoveries, including the amount of water on Mars. Compare the intermediate, more colourful “Sunken Gardens” (1984).

References here: Pushing Ice (2005), Aria: The Animation (2005), Aniara (2018).

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