Red Mars – pg1-280

I’m about half way through. This book reminds me that classic sci-fi often forgot the science. Then the reaction of hard SF got the science right but forgot the fiction part of it all.

This book is light on character and story and often reads like an educational text rather than a novel. But the thread of plot pops up now and then to tie it together.

Reading this immediately after Stephen Hawking and Neil DeGrasse Tyson gives it an odd feeling, like I’m only gradually fading back into narrative reading. And it’s not limited to astrophysics, or terraforming. It even gets into theoretical psychology.

But it’s a long book and I haven’t quit yet, so there’s something keeping it engaging. Read it if you want to learn, but be prepared for what you’ll get.

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