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Is or was there native life on Mars In the Mars Trilogy?

No, they don't find that evidence... but they muck up the search for it pretty early. One of the earliest terraforming ideas and attempts in Red Mars involves dropping wind turbines on a bunch of ...
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In Red Mars, why did Frank want to kill John?

There were two main reasons, I think. First, Frank and John had political differences in how they viewed the proper evolution of humanity on Mars. Oversimplifying greatly, John wanted to leave Earth ...
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Did Kim Stanley Robinson plan out the entire Mars Trilogy from the start?

Yes and no. It was planned to be a single novel at first, but grew into a trilogy. During writing research went on in parallel continuously. When I started writing it, I'd wanted it to be a big ...
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Do the sociological/economic indicators listed in Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson exist?

They're made up. Just try Googling for those terms, and you won't find what you'd expect to find if they were actual indicators in current use. Unusually for SF authors, Robinson postulates advances ...
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What is the emotional context of this passage in Robinson's Red Mars (1992)?

The clue is at the start of that section of text: And here Nadia came into her own. [...] Almost every job they had benefited from her help, and as she ran around every day answering questions and ...
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Is or was there native life on Mars In the Mars Trilogy?

I don't think there's ever any evidence of contemporary native Martian life. There is a line in Blue Mars that says: Scientists working for the metanats had concentrated on resource exploration ...
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Whatever happened to Hiroko Ai in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy?

I think it's safe to say Robinson intentionally left it unanswered, though he I believe he had a most likely outcome in mind and tipped it off. It is significant that Hiroko had reached mythic status, ...
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Whatever happened to Hiroko Ai in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy?

In the very end of the entire series - very end - Ann comes near to death, and then sees an older Asian woman flying a kite at the sea's edge. This is only speculation, but there seemed to me an ...
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Why would Sax Russell get into a relationship with Phyllis Boyle?

All the quotes below come from "Part 4, The Scientist as Hero" of Green Mars, but some are out of order. At this point in the trilogy Sax has known Phyllis for decades, the scene takes place ...
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When did John Boone first land on Mars

My edition (Voyager, paperback, 1996) has a timeline at the end of the book (p671) that says the first landing was in 2020 - six years before the Ares left for Mars. Confoundingly, the blurb text on ...
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Could the terraforming techniques from Red/Blue/Green Mars work on any other planets in our solar system?

I don't think they would work on Mars. First the timescale is hugely sped up. Mars society estimates a thousand years to get to a point where the air is thick enough for trees to grow and humans to be ...
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Does 2312 take place in the same universe as the Mars Trilogy?

Same same but different There are major differences in the described terraforming approach for Mars in 2312, most notably the use of a soletta as the primary mechanism for high-speed terraforming - ...
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Does 2312 take place in the same universe as the Mars Trilogy?

They are not in the same timeline/universe. Kim Stanley Robinson has clarified this in an interview. BUT: After having read the first 200 pages of 2312 I dare say that while some details, ideas and ...
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