Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Kim Stanley Robinson - Blue Tyson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a writer of science fiction who has produced over a dozen novels, and several times that in the short fiction arena. He is often concerned with ecological themes and this ties in to the three novels and one collection of his Mars books.

The Mars trilogy is about choosing the first hundred people to undergo a trip to Mars, from all countries, and the troubles they go through setting up the terraforming program. Then the colonisation struggles as the right and left wings of the colonists clash over keeping local control, or letting the Earth capitalists run things and gain the important new discoveries they have made. Or, how to destroy a couple of space elevators. Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball To Mars is an example of one of the short stories adapting to normal life on the new planet, and there is an associated collection called The Martians. There's also a short story called Green Mars that came considerably earlier.

Red Mars

Green Mars

Blue Mars

Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball To Mars