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1. the Mars trilogy #1 (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) - Kim Stanley Robinson. This series about terraforming Mars! Also read his book Icehenge.

2. The Martian - Andy Weir. Based on solid science. NASA provided background information. Wonderful survival story with a modern realistic portrayal of Mars.

3. Red Dust - Paul McAuley. About a failed attempt to terraform Mars.

4. the Mars trilogy #2 (Mars, Return to Mars, Mars Life) - Ben Bova. Adventure, romance, politics, with a dash of science.

5. the Mars trilogy #3 (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star) - Pierce Brown. Set in a terraformed Mars.

6. The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury. Mystical, magical novel that is one of my favorites ever since I read it in junior high school.
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Thanks That's awesome! I will add these to my (exceptionally long already) list of books to check out. (None of my other books are Mars-centric)
 
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I was just recently trying to put together a list on this. Thanks!

I know you are just looking at fiction but I have some non-fiction to add.

Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Also, the National Geographic mini-series is a great combo of fact and fiction and is probably THE best tie-in to the game. And Richard Launias' brother is in it!

I have checked out a few Mars PC games but I wouldn't recommend any of them.

If anyone has more fact or fiction on the topic, no matter the media, I'd love to hear about it!
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Pay attention to the player names in the Terraforming Mars rulebook examples. Kim, Stanley and Robinson IIRC.
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Red Planet Blues is a pretty fun noir/scifi story set on Mars.
 
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Jeff Burton wrote:
1. the Mars trilogy #1 (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) - Kim Stanley Robinson. This series about terraforming Mars! Also read his book Icehenge.

2. The Martian - Andy Weir. Based on solid science. NASA provided background information. Wonderful survival story with a modern realistic portrayal of Mars.

3. Red Dust - Paul McAuley. About a failed attempt to terraform Mars.

4. the Mars trilogy #2 (Mars, Return to Mars, Mars Life) - Ben Bova. Adventure, romance, politics, with a dash of science.

5. the Mars trilogy #3 (Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star) - Pierce Brown. Set in a terraformed Mars.

6. The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury. Mystical, magical novel that is one of my favorites ever since I read it in junior high school.


Don't forget about:

a. War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells. Not as much about Mars as it is about Martians, but a classic none the less.

b. Moving Mars - Greg Bear. Colonized Mars looking for independence. More political thriller than science log (i.e. Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars epic). 1994 Nebula Award Winner, Nominated for 1994 Hugo

c. Desolation Road - Ian McDonald. Mars is already terraformed. McDonald's first novel and winner of the Lucas award for best new writer.

d. Red Planet - Robert Heinlein. Book that introduces the martian race as represented in the classic tale "Stranger in a Strange Land"
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How about "how we will live on Mars" by Steve Petranek?

It's a TED lecture and very good.
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JK777 wrote:
How about "how we will live on Mars" by Steve Petranek?

It's a TED lecture and very good.


Here it is!

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What about the John Carter of Mars series?
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Phil Fleischmann wrote:
What about the John Carter of Mars series?

Seconded.

Also the previously mentioned Bradbury and Robinson books.

Dante goes to Mars in his Paradiso. Is there an earlier instance of a story about visiting Mars?
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I'm neck deep in The Expanse books right now, and although it's more on the galactic/corporation level, Mars certainly plays a large part.
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Philip K. Dick's Martian Time Slip.
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How about the short story 'In the Halls of Martian Kings' by John Varley?

And for softer SF, Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein - but only because Valentine Michael Smith grew up on Mars.
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Jeff Burton wrote:
1. the Mars trilogy #1 (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) - Kim Stanley Robinson. This series about terraforming Mars! Also read his book Icehenge.


+ 1 For Icehenge - I must dig this out again

And "Man Plus" by Frederick Pohl had an interesting take on what was needed to survive on mars
 
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Jeff Burton wrote:
Must read fiction on Mars
I'd love to read some fiction on Mars... but given my age and the state of the space program, I'll have to settle for reading it on Earth.
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MHindmarch wrote:
Pay attention to the player names in the Terraforming Mars rulebook examples. Kim, Stanley and Robinson IIRC.


Actually just started reading Red Mars after reading a review that said TM was basically Red Mars the Boardgame, and wouldn't you know it? Set in Tharsis, a city in Noctis Labyrinthus, exploding nukes (but for water, not atmosphere), domed cities in craters...I'm sure it'll become even more apparent as I get through it.
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JK777 wrote:
How about "how we will live on Mars" by Steve Petranek?

It's a TED lecture and very good.


FWIW, if you go searching for the topic of Mars in TED lectures, you'll be going down quite a rabbit hole. There are a LOT of MARS talks and relate topics.
 
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For those who loved the KSR mars trilogy, there is "the martians", a set of novels set in the same timeline.

I also liked "Voyage" from Baxter, a chronicle of the first 1986 martian mission initiated following the failed Kennedy assassination (yes, it's an uchrony), very hard science

Less mars centered but also interesting is the trilogy from Pratchett and Baxter, the long Earth, the long Mars, the long War. On how the discovery of parallel universes impact the humanity.
 
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One of my all time favorite books deals with terraforming Mars as well, but apparently, no English translator could adapt this hard-to-read but rewarding novel thus far:

Reinhard Jirgl: Nichts von euch auf Erden
 
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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut also goes to Mars for a while.
 
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Trump wrote:

If anyone has more fact or fiction on the topic, no matter the media, I'd love to hear about it!


NASA's Human Exploration of Mars; Design Reference Architecture 5.0
https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/373665main_NASA-SP-2009-566.pdf

Addendum 1 (details)
https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/373667main_NASA-SP-2009-566-ADD.pdf

Addendum 2 (summary of studies 2009-2012)
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/NASA-SP-2009-...


We're working on an updated one ...
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Is that really "Must read fiction on Mars," or did the author mean "Must-read fiction on Mars?"

Note that either is ambiguous, referring to either fiction that is physically located on the planet Mars (pretty small amount), or fiction on the subject of Mars (considerably bigger resource)...

English: language of maximal ambiguity!
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DnaDan56 wrote:
Is that really "Must read fiction on Mars," or did the author mean "Must-read fiction on Mars?"

Note that either is ambiguous, referring to either fiction that is physically located on the planet Mars (pretty small amount), or fiction on the subject of Mars (considerably bigger resource)...

English: language of maximal ambiguity!


It could also be an imperative. As in a command, 'You must go to Mars and read fiction,' or advice, 'You simply must read fiction on Mars!' That second one can be taken two ways too - advising you to read fiction either on the subject of Mars, or the surface of Mars. shake

English - for when communicating isn't that important.
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Reinhard Jirgl: Nichts von euch auf Erden
Ob8: Literat=Uhr! cool
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IMHO better than the movie Martian is the 1964 movie



ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS a true classic!



A stranded astronaut on Mars survives under extraordinary circumstances

via ingenious survival methods by the astronaut and .....


Hmmm where did we hear that before?? This is the original!


A wonderful movie! Check it out!!

The trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egf7wjf0nqU


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