Top critical review
A mediocre, scattershot collection
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2013
Let me start by saying that if you think from the title "The Martians (Mars Trilogy)" that you are buying a copy of Robinson's outstanding "Mars Red/Green/Blue" trilogy--you're not. What you have here is a collection of stories that fill in some details... backstories, you could call them. It's a mixed bag of second- and third-rate stuff, and not all of it's worth reading even if you're a fan of the trilogy.
And don't even think about buying this book if you *haven't* read the "Mars" trilogy, because these random stories will make absolutely no sense to you, and the experience will be very frustrating. Frankly, I found it rather trying even though I *have* read the trilogy.
Bottom line: this book is strictly for trufans of the "Mars" books. If that's not you, you can safely skip it without missing out on anything important.