Rainbow Mars

Rainbow Mars

by Larry Niven

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Overview

Five-time Hugo Award-winner Larry Niven weaves together time travel and fantasy to create an utterly unique novel on the origin of the Martian "canals."

Hanville Svetz was born into a future earth that matches the sorriest predictions of Greenpeace. With most of Earth's original species extinct, Svetz travels back and forth in time retrieving them. Svetz learns that Mars was inhabited, and how the sapient Martian species were wiped out. He forsees that Earth could soon fall victim to the same fate.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466842779
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/15/2000
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 975 KB

About the Author

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jeery Pournelle and Steven Barnes was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.


Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces and fantasy including the Magic Goes Away series. His Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

Table of Contents

Rainbow Mars
9(216)
The Flight of the Horse
225(16)
Leviathan!
241(14)
Bird in the Hand
255(22)
There's a Wolf in My Time Machine
277(20)
Death in a Cage
297(16)
Afterword: Svetz and the Beanstalk 313

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Rainbow Mars 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago

**If you have not read this book yet, I recommend jumping past 'Rainbow Mars' (the first story) and read the shorter stories first.**

I really don't have any complaints about Mr. Niven's style of writing, but it's the way the novel is set up. I personally feel it would have been more enjoyable to read if the publisher had set up the stories in sequence with 'Flight of the Horse' first, and then the one about the whale. My reason being, certain descriptions of characters are totally missed in the 'Rainbow Mars' segment, but defined better in the shorter stories.
They all link together, and the 'Rainbow Mars' story does link the other stories together, but the mystery and delivery of the other stories was killed because you are just 'given' the information straight in 'Rainbow Mars' as opposed to the obvious mystery involved that Mr. Niven clearly put in the smaller stories. I hope what I am saying makes sense. I didn't like the title much either, because I don't feel it applies to the story.

On the positive side, you have Mr. Niven's interesting ideas, and the skyhook plant was just a wild concept that I loved. I also liked the future society and their viewpoints on old Earth nature...the atmospheric differences between the past and future were a nice touch as well.

Overall, I am a big Niven fan, especially of the 'Known Space' novels, and he always contructs a believable psychology behind his characters. I just feel the stories could have been shuffled better, and placed in a sort of a chronological order.

comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightfully geektastic. Time-travelers visit a past where the lines between fiction and reality are blurred; they go to the Mars of this past, where they meet the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury and others. I loved it, but you probably have to be a big fan of classic science fiction to like it or even follow it.
saltmanz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read the short stories at the back of this book first, otherwise you'll be confused.
monado on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read some of the stories about Hanville Svetz, from our polluted future. In "The Flight of the Horse" and related stories he goes back in time to collect extinct animals -- and always winds up with something a little different. But in this book he goes into Mars' past, and finds water and Martians. This is just a reminder that Mars has some plains flat enough to be ancient sea bottoms, like the salt flats of Nevada or the clay plains around Lake Erie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Larry Niven fan, but his last 3 books have been poor. Rainbow Mars has a ridiculously bad premise, even for science fiction. Niven should have written it as a comedy.