Author: Kim Stanley Robinson.
Title: Red Mars.
Publisher: Bantum Spectra.
Overviews and Impressions:
The technical aspects of this hard sci-fi book are awesome. The social implications aren't. The whole premise of the novel is the colonization and terra-forming of Mars by a group of American and Russian scientists. Afterward, the UN allows for mass-colonization of the northern part of the planet.
While a group of scientists set up another secret colony in the southern polar region. There are space-lifts and the usual cyber-punk frontier "Rim" towns. The idea of a quiet American "revolution" against the international land-grabbers struck me as disappointing. I thought more could be done with it the social development of Mars. The author assumes the worst excesses in human nature regarding interplanetary settlement in the mid twenty-first century.
Still recommended for the technical descriptions of the Red Planet....