Monday, August 28, 2017


Welcome my fellow Questerians, Trekkers and Martians! We're on a friendly blog fest today.  The last Friday of the month Armchair Squid is running a monthly Sci-Fi reading Quest for bloggers or anyone who can sign into google interested in geeking out with book nerds, haha. Of course, it doesn't have to be science fiction or Star Trek or Star Wars.  Just select your book and after your trek through the pages, comment, and review on your blog. Simple. Heres mine, Enjoy - sorry about delay  in time and space but hey what are friends for? I happily got carried away.

Hugo, Nebula, Asimov and Robert A Heinlein  Award winner, Kim Stanley Robinson has earned his place in sci fi history.  Mind you he's hardly a genius just brilliant but then who is? I have to say I love Red Mars so much I bought Green Mars and Blue Mars.

My verdict is out on which is the best. Robinson's 19 novels and short stories include his latest splashing, contemporary book "New York 2140" So Okay, I recant, lol. He is a genius. In 2016 KSR won the God of all Awards, Robert A. Heinlein, besides you have to hear him having fun with people.


I quote Atlantic American Magazine "the gold standard of realistic and highly literary, for KSR science fiction writing. So why hasn't Earth built a ship to boldly seek out new lifeforms and civilizations on the red planet where no-one has gone before?


Well in a way Science Fiction has, Red Mars and Star Trek being classic examples - exploring the outer limits being another. Top of the queue, NASA's Scientists and MIT, geeks contacted Gene Roddenberry to help create better Star Trek which we know and love today because hey we're all trekkers aren't we?

51 years on Star Trek lives on with Star Trek Discovery due out on the 24th of September.  Mean while here's Screen Junkies give a stellar analysis of the latest Star Trek Comic Con trailer 3.

Earths Mission Control had a totally cool plan sending John Boone to Mars to boldly explore in 2020.  Sounds impressive, doesn't it?  In reality, you might say he was our version of Neil Armstrong. Everyone was excited and impressed. The first 100 which followed their leader were the best scientists and nerds from Earth. All these guys geared up for the first interplanetary voyage aboard a joint American/Russian spacecraft. Earth had a lot to faith in this crew.


 The stakes are high with humanities resources dwindling but at last finally,  establishing colonies on Mars was no longer a dream. Earths happy ball of beings had the spaceship Ares, a symbol of true hope, moving technology and impassioned minds representing pure dedicated service to humankind.... That at least was the plan until everything slid off the rails for John Boone and splinter groups form on Mars! but lets not get ahead of ourselves which is what Red Mars does!

In the opening act of the book, Chalmers instigates a sequence of events that leads to his good American friend Boone being assassinated; much of what follows a retrospective examination of what led to that point.)

Red Mars is all about the colonization of our nearest habitable planet 54.6 million kilometers away. So much was right about it. The author Robinson infuses a fascinating mix of science fact into the story giving the characters punchy dialogue with unbelievable sci fi credibility.

 However, the scientists invariably squabble over the politics of taking orders from a distant government! Little did our friends realize that Earth's political climate was rife with lots of problems. Greedy Transnational corporations were taking over smaller nations and governments and calling the shots. Fluttering in the breeze the flag and power of UNOMA fades as nations bow to carnivorous corporations.

 I love the fact Arkady wants a Mars revolution from the beginning. The internal tension between the colonists is as exciting as their rebellion which follows. So what does Frank Chalmers do? He negotiates the Mars Treaty which cools boiling tempers for a while. The Mars Treaty was simply the best diplomatic solution ever made between two planets, Mars and Earth..... and riddled with faults.

Machiavellian American  SEXY RUSIAN American Astronaut  RUSSIAN ENGINEER/EXPLORER Russian Engineer

 I detect Nerd and Sci Fi fan curiosity now across our world, hehe!you guys will love studying these futuristic details in this Robinson masterpiece. Okay, I'll whet your appetites a tad more, the greedy corporations find loop holes in the "United Mars Treaty" Colonizing the Red Planet was a brilliant idea. The planet was perfect for terraforming with an endless supply of natural resources. It was a natural the scientists and colonists/terraformer would put aside their egos for humanities sake, right? Nope, Sadly not, Arkady the militant has strong political beliefs. As ideas go letting him roam the planet was a bad one. So there you have it the end of Part 1 of my first review. If you've read this far you deserve a first class trip to Mars! I'll put in a good word for you, hehe

 QUESTIONS: How do any of the the team of the first 100 explorers generate heat? Thicken the atmosphere and oxgenate the planet? Generate water and construct buildings in zero gravity? Can you explain tthe significance of the 39 1/2 minute gap between Mars and Earth in your thesis with the Mars year being 668.6 days long and Earth 365 days? What do you think of the Star Trek Discovery trailer?

Live Long and Prosper Trekkers and Trekkies


Elephant's Child said...

Not an author I know though back in the day I read a LOT of sci-fi. Thank you for expanding my horizons. Heinlein, Sturgeon and Ray Bradbury were probably my favourites.

James Pailly said...

This is one of those books I know I should read, but I keep procrastinating. I have a Mars related project coming up. Maybe it's time I finally read this series.

Bish Denham said...

I've read the trilogy. To be honest, I found it way to technical for my taste and confusing. But that's just me... My hubby really enjoyed them.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've seen the books around but I've not read one yet. Or should that be Red...?

Spacer Guy said...

I left out Michel Duval, the French psychologist given the task of screening the first 100 colonists because he such a complex character guys. Psychologist, observer, aloof in nature and isolated. Relationships with people and Maya... really makes you want to read more.

cleemckenzie said...

I have to admit that I stopped reading Sci-fi a while back, so I haven't read these. However, I'm about to take a break and I'm loading my Kindle to take along. I might just have to put one of his books on and see if I enjoy it.

Liz A. said...

I haven't read any of these *ducks head in shame*

Spacer Guy said...

Technology is definitely influencing human thinking and behavior here on Earth. The advent of the Kindle has become a great library Cleemkenzie for storing all our favorite reads. Peoples lives are being run by gadgets and computers. I like to switch it all off and open great books like Red Mars packed with stimulating futuristic adventure. So I signed up for Armchairs Squids reading quest.

Sandra Cox said...

I'm with Liz. I'm afraid I'm going to have to duck my head too and blush.
I love Sci Fi but I sometimes get bogged down in the techie angle which is very necessary to the genre.

Gina Gao said...

I've read these, and I'd recommend them to anyone who asks!

The Armchair Squid said...

I'm definitely curious about this series.

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