Finally finished Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Like any book over 400 pages it was too long and could have done with some editing. The early part of the book dealing with the first 100 settlers to the first jump forward is OK. But then things move far too fast, too many people, too much construction, too much agro with Earth. From a 2020 first landing (OK), to a 2027 first colony (OK), they have a beanstalk up by 2057, and down again by 2062, and then blow Phobos away in the same year. I'll leave it a month or two til I read the next one.
***Imported from old blog***