Review of 'White Mars'

White Mars by Brian Aldiss, and Roger Penrose

white-mars.jpg A sociological view of the visit of humans to Mars told from the standpoint of a few of the first “Martians”. Aldiss/Penrose propose the idea of a “White Mars” in that Mars is treated the way that Antarctica is treated on earth: an area for study and not exploitation. A number of interesting points are raised when the Martians are cut off from earth (as earth descends into Chaos) and they attempt to establish a “Utopia”, facing issues such as abortion, education, violence (murder) and the like. Quite a heady book with many long speeches and big ideas, not quite a page turner but a book full of interesting ideas. abc

Rating: “A bit better than average”

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: 1999

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