“Mars was empty before we came. That’s not to say that nothing had ever happened….”
Can it be? Bureau42 has never reviewed the SF novel of the 1990s?
If you haven’t read Red Mars, the first of Kim Stanley Robinson’s celebrated Mars trilogy, go out and buy it now. Because it begins in years most of us should live to see, it will become dated in our lifetime. Right now, especially right now, we can believe it will happen.