Study Guide

Red Mars Part 6, Chapter 1

By Kim Stanley Robinson

Part 6, Chapter 1

Guns Under the Table

  • This is where we came in.
  • Stories of the day John Boone died take on a mystical quality. People tell of strange happenings that occurred when he was killed, such as pictures of the man bursting into flame and whole crops freezing solid.
  • His life takes on a legendary air, and stories of his daring and cunning pass through the Martian populace.
  • But this is nothing compared to the stories about Big Man and Paul Bunyan and their epic battles that scarred the Martian landscape. Actually, those are included in this chapter, too.