Al-Qahira, Ares, Auqakuh, Bahram...Mars

When the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars, one report I heard described the landing using a ‘Mars Local’ time zone. 
Red Mars coverMan is not on Mars, but we’ve sent time in front of us.

The implications of people colonizing Mars were delved into wonderfully by Kim Stanley Robinson. In Red Mars, he told the story of one hundred people, most Russian or American (this was published 1993, the last gasp of that binary world), who travel to Mars. 

One has been there before but in all other ways they are The First. They are scientists, and to me the reader they feel like scientists — curious, exacting, fiercely intelligent.
These one hundred scientists disagree passionately about the purpose of going to Mars. Are they there to explore it as itself, without imposing their needs or even their humanity on it? To make Mars habitable? To seize the opportunity to live in an entirely new way? To exploit the mineral resources? 
These factions are deeply divided, and the philosophy behind each is persuasive. Do we have to change everything we touch? 
Do we stay Earthlings, no matter where we go? 



John Varley's Red Thunder Series and Robert Heinlein's Red Planet are conspicuous in their absence.

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