Kim Stanley Robinson ”Red Mars” (Mars Trilogy book 1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.

For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny.

John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic “alchemists, ” Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life…and death.

The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces–for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.

Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope and ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in human evolution and creating a world in its entirety. Red Mars shows us a future, with both glory and tarnish, that awes with complexity and inspires with vision.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Vajadzība pēc citas/jaunas planētas, kur cilvēcei kaut kad pārcelties, ir gandrīz obligāta, zinot, ka Saule nebūs mūžīga, protams ne jau šogad vai kā. Vien apšaubu, vai Marss ilgtermiņā sevi attaisnotu, būdams vien nedaudz tālāk no zvaigznes, bet priekš sākuma un treniņa gan jau derētu. Interesanti, ka Mars One cilvēku misijas paredzēts palaist tieši 2026.gadā. Papētot vairāk atradu atšķirīgu variantu par Venēru.

Tad nu uz sarkano planētu 2026.gadā tiek nosūtīta 100 cilvēku grupa. Jau visai drīz domas, ko un kā darīt sāk šķelties. Vieni mēģina turēties pie norādījumiem no Zemes, citi grib realizēt savas idejas. Nedaudz pārsteidza, cik ātri pieauga uz Marsa nosūtīto un dzīvojošo cilvēku skaits. Tādā veidā pirmais simts iegūst gan popularitāti, gan autoritāti.

Notikumi tiek pielīdzināti kolonijām un situācijai ar ASV rašanos. Uz Marsa mītošie aizdomājas, kam gan viņiem ņemt vērā pavēles no visai patālās Zemes. Daļai nepatīk, ka Marsa resursi tiek vienkārši sūtīti atpakaļ uz Zemi, bet peļņu un ieguvums kā tāds ir uz Zemes mītošajiem, ne viņiem klātienē. Tas diemžēl ne pārāk veselīgi ietekmē pirmo simtu.

Patika idejas, kā pārcelšanās uz citu planētu prom no mājām, ietekmē iesaistītos cilvēkus. Arī aprakstītās paša Marsa izmaiņas pašu cilvēku ietekmē.

Jāpiebilst, ka darbība noris vairāku desmitgažu laikā, bet triloģija kopumā risinās pāris gadsimtu garumā.

                                                                                                                                                

A need for other/new planet where humanity could move is almost inevitable knowing that Sun won’t be shining forever. I just doubt that Mars in the long run is the right choice because it’s still quite close to the star, still a good start. Interestingly that Mars One plans to send humans starting exactly in 2026.  Those who don’t like Mars might choose Venus instead.

So in 2026 group of hundred people are sent the red planet. Quite soon thoughts about how and what to do starts to split. Some think that they should do what Earth says, others want their own ideas realized. A bit surprising how fast it was possible to increase population on Mars. Because of that the first hundred gets popular and few become authority.

Events are compared to British colonies on the east coast of North America. Those (not everyone) on the Mars are tired of orders from Earth. Some don’t like that the planets resources are sent back to Earth for profit without much benefit to them on their planet. Unfortunately that have unhealthy consequences to a first hundred.

I liked how people where affected and changed while being on Mars, also planets changes where interesting.

Action covers over many decades but the whole trilogy more than 200 years.


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