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The books add no clarity since Ashford is very different there, in fact one of the huge improvements over the books (there aren't a lot!) is Ashford. In the book he's a vain blowhard who shows up just to be a threat, and then is neutralized. He always read like a cardboard character in the book to me (he's only in one). In the series they really fleshed him ...


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There is a quote somewhere in the books that I'll bring here from memory: If 15% of people from Earth would decide to go beyond the rings, we would have maybe a bit more living space. If 15% of people from Mars would do the same, we can forget about terraforming. This means that in Martian society, everyone is important - there is no room for ...


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Mars is a society fueled by the dream of one day, centuries from now, having a terraformed Mars that is as habitable as Earth. With the opening of the rings, suddenly there are dozens of worlds that are already habitable. No one is willing to invest in the terraforming of Mars anymore, and so Mars is undergoing a social and economic collapse as people give ...


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