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An edition of The Martians (1999)

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An edition of The Martians (1999)

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The Martians is a companion volume to the three volumes of the Mars trilogy, published in 1999. It is a short story collection, consisting of stories, poems, in-universe article excerpts, essays, and even meta/autobiographical stories ("Purple Mars"). Some of the stories were published before. Some stories do not take place in the same universe as the Mars trilogy; some others, while they share the same characters, are evidently alternate timelines to the trilogy.

It consists of the following stories:

Michel In Antarctica
Exploring Fossil Canyon
The Archaea Plot
The Way The Land Spoke To Us
Maya And Desmond
Four Teleological Trails
Discovering Life
Coyote Makes Trouble
Michel In Provence
Green Mars
Arthur Sternbach Brings The Curveball To Mars
Salt and Fresh
The Constitution Of Mars
Some Worknotes And Commentary On The Constitution, by Charlotte Dorsa Brevia
Jackie On Zo
Keeping The Flame
Saving Noctis Dam
Big Man In Love
An Argument For The Deployment Of All Safe Terraforming Technologies
Selected Abstracts From The Journal Of Areological Studies
Sexual Dimorphism
Enough Is As Good As A Feast
What Matters
Coyote Remembers
Sax Moments
The Names Of The Canals
The Soundtrack
A Martian Romance
If Wang Wei Lived On Mars And Other Poems
Purple Mars

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The Martians
April 3, 2000, Voyager
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The Martians
Sep1999, Bantam Books
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Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is one of science fiction's most honored series, with Red Mars winning the distinguished Nebula Award, and both Green Mars and Blue Mars honored with the Hugo. A modern-day classic of the genre, this epic saga deftly portrays the human stories behind Earth's most ambitious project yet: the terraforming of Mars.
Robinson returns to the realm he has made his own, in a work of twenty-eight stories, including poetry, devoted to life on Mars, that brilliantly weaves together a futuristic setting with a poetic vision of the human spirit engaged in a drama as ancient as mankind itself. Following the strands of these lives and events, in an age when human life has been extended for decades, The Martians becomes the story of generations lived on the edge of the ultimate frontier, in a landscape of constant man-made and natural transformation--tells the story of an underground and hard-to-see resistance to the terraforming described in the trilogy proper.
Beginning with the First Hundred explorers, generations of friends, enemies, and lovers are swept up in the drama that is Earth's tenuous toehold on Mars. International exploration turns into world building; world building degenerates into political conflict, revolution, and war. From a training mission in Antarctica to blistering sandstorms sweeping through labyrinths of barren canyons, the interwoven stories of The Martians set in motion a sprawling cast of characters upon the surface of Mars. As the planet is transformed from an unexplored and forbidding terrain to a troubled image of a re-created Earth, men and women are bound together by their experiences on Mars and with each other.
Michel in Antarctica --
Exploring Fossil Canyon --
The Archaea plot --
The way the land spoke to us: The great escarpment ; Flatness --
Maya and Desmond: Finding him ; Helping him ; Helping her ; The years ; Helping him ; Losing him --
Four teleological trails: Wrong way ; Mistakes can be good ; You can't lose the trail ; The natural genius --
Coyote makes trouble --
Michel in Provence --
Green Mars --
Arthur Sternbach brings the curveball to Mars --
Salt and fresh --
The constitution of Mars --
Some worknotes and commentary on the constitution, by Charlotte Dorsa Brevia --
Jackie on Zo --
Keeping the flame --
Saving Noctis Dam --
Big man in love --
An argument for the deployment of all safe terraforming technologies --
Selected abstracts from The journal of areological studies --
Odessa --
Sexual dimorphism --
Enough is as good as a feast --
What matters --
Coyote remembers --
Sax moments --
The names of the canals - The soundtrack --
A Martian romance --
If Wang Wei lived on Mars and other poems --
Purple Mars.

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