Study Guide

Red Mars Characters

By Kim Stanley Robinson

John Boone

John Boone is the Neil Armstrong of the 21st century. He was an American astronaut and the first...

Frank Chalmers

We first meet Frank Chalmers while he's plotting the murder of his best friend, John Boone. And...

Nadezhda Francine Chernyshevski, a.k.a. Nadia

Not to be jerks, but we’re going to stick with calling this character by her nickname of...

Maya Toitovna

Maya, Maya, Maya… what can we say about Maya? She's Maya. That about nails it. Okay, we...

Arkady Bogdanov

Arkady Bogdanov is a character. Not a character as in a character in the novel—that's a...

Saxifrage Russel, a.k.a. Sax

Every space exploration needs its clichéd scientist. You know, the guy who walks around in...

Ann Clayborne

In Sax's character analysis, we said he was Ann's foil. So, it's probably a safe bet that she is...

Hiroko Ai

We can best sum up Hiroko Ai as an enigma—which is really just a fancy way of saying we...

Michel Duval

Michel Duval is the psychiatrist for Mars's first one hundred colonists, and while on Mars, he...

Phyllis Boyle

Phyllis is another geologist among the First Hundred, and also a Christian. When we first really...

Minor Characters

All three are members of the First Hundred who become researchers at Acheron. Although these guys...