Rereading Red Mars the first book in the Mars Trilogy. I’d forgotten how good the early parts of the book was, with the First Hundred settling on Mars and exploring the red planet.
The author waxes lyrical about the landscape and its effects on the human psyche, the sunset over the black barchan dunes and laminated terrain.
The theme will be developed farther when Hiroko Ai developes this landscape aesthetic into spiritual areophany.
And the sheer pleasure of working in a colony on an inhospitable world, when the work is necessary for survival and also contributes to the body of knowledge. A theme which will develop into alternative economics in in the sequels.