The final novel in Kim Stanley Robinson's massively successful and lavishly praised Mars trilogy. `The ultimate in future history' Daily Mail
Mars has grown up
It is fully terraformed - genetically engineered plants and animals live by newly built canals and young but stormy seas.
It is politically independent. A brave and buzzing new world. Most of the First Hundred have died. Those that remain are like walking myths to Martian youth.
Earth has grown too much
Chronic overpopulation, bitter nationalism, scarce resources. For too many Terrans, Mars is a mocking utopia. A dream to live for, fight for... perhaps even die for.
Kim Stanley Robinson was born in 1952 and, after travelling and working around the world, has now settled in his beloved California. He is widely regarded as the finest science fiction writer working today, noted as much for the verisimilitude of his characters as the meticulously researched hard science basis of his work. He has won just about every major sf award there is to win.