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Sci-fi trilogy of novels written by Kim Stanley Robinson, started in 1993, telling the story of humanity settling and ultimately terraforming Mars. Known for detailed renditions of possible future tech, complicated politics and characters, and despite disasters an ultimately positive look at the future.

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Whatever happened to Hiroko Ai in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy?

After her disappearance, Sax thought he saw her in a blizzard (or maybe sandstorm), and remains convinced that he really has. But she is never seen by anyone again. What really happened with her?
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Could the terraforming techniques from Red/Blue/Green Mars work on any other planets in our solar system? [closed]

The Red Mars / Green Mars / Blue Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson describes the process of terraforming Mars so that humans could live there. Could those same techniques work on other planets in ...
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Have any of the Mars Trilogy mars-based predictions been refuted?

I've read the Mars trilogy a couple of times, and it each time it's seemed like the details of the planet were really precise, but not necessarily accurate. I understand Robinson does a truckload of ...
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Is the method of colonizing Mars in Red Mars realistic? [closed]

How realistic is the method of colonizing Mars in Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson? Specifically, the part in the beginning, with a 4 person crew to visit the planet first, sending crews, etc. Really ...
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Does 2312 take place in the same universe as the Mars Trilogy?

Kim Stanley Robinson's newest novel 2312 shares a lot of themes with his classic Mars Trilogy. Are they set in a shared universe?
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In Red Mars, why did Frank want to kill John?

I know he was jealous about Maya, but the book implied some political reason that wasn't ever explained, to my recollection.
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Did Kim Stanley Robinson plan out the entire Mars Trilogy from the start?

All three Mars Trilogy books were all published in a short time frame. Red Mars - 1993 Green Mars - 1994 Blue Mars - 1996 The books are long. The first two weigh in at over 500 pages while the third ...
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Where is the first settlement in Red Mars?

I'm currently reading the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. I'm just in the beginning of the story, they just landed and Nadia just lost her little finger. I'm quite disoriented by the ...
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Is the claim by Kim Stanley Robinson about Carbon Dioxide being poisonous true? [closed]

I've read all 3 books, and loved them except for one small claim that keeps bothering me. Specifically, is Carbon Dioxide as poisonous as we are lead to believe? I always thought that if we were in an ...
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Is or was there native life on Mars In the Mars Trilogy?

In the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, do they ever find evidence of native life past or present on Mars?
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Do the sociological/economic indicators listed in Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson exist?

There was a passage in Blue Mars where Sax Russell listed some sociological/economic indicators for use on Mars. Country Futures Index, Real Value Gauges, Costa Rica Comparisons Do such indicators ...
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Do we ever discover who built the town in East Medusa Canyon in Green Mars?

In Kim Stanley Robinson's Green Mars, as Nirgal, Coyote, Spencer and Art return Sax Russell to Gamete after rescuing him from UNTA interrogation, the group discover an unknown, abandoned, settlement ...
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What is the emotional context of this passage in Robinson's Red Mars (1992)?

Nadia is the expert construction foreperson and is fielding all sorts of questions while the colonists set up Underhill. During one exchange, some other colonists are having trouble getting concrete ...
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When did John Boone first land on Mars

Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars gives a very specific date early in the book of 21st December 2026 as the launch date of the Ares mission and the start of the first hundred's journey. What I can't ...
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Why would Sax Russell get into a relationship with Phyllis Boyle? [closed]

In the Mars Trilogy, Saxifrage "Sax" Russell despised Phyllis Boyle. He is a brilliant scientist and a leader of the Green Mars movement. Because of his role among the First Hundred and as a ...
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What's reason behind the assassination of John Boone in KSR's Red Mars? [duplicate]

No spoilers in the question, given that it's the first thing the book narrates. We know the reasons the guy who did the deed thought he had to do it. But I'm not really convinced about the motives ...
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