Here are some linked short stories on the human hazards of space exploration. Follow Don, Asya, Marco and Annika - and many others -
as they train to live on Mars, journey through the vacuum, and land on their new home planet.
So that you know what style to expect: I aim to write good stories with as much solid science and engineering in them as I can. But they are not text-book documentaries. Mainly I want to explore how people will live and experience such a radical new departure, what scientific advances might be like there, and what difference the technology will make.
More are in the works and you will find them linked off the first page below. Happy reading!
By the way, all are free to read. I'm just writing 'cos I enjoy it.
Last edited by JohnX (2017-04-14 20:10:37)
-- Because it's there! --
Here's more of an intro to the story:
Not far into the future, the first steps have been taken on Mars. The next frontier is finally open. Many players are gathering their teams; many plans are being laid. Companies are developing the systems and technologies they will need to stake their claim and build a lasting settlement in unforgiving conditions.
One of these teams is a corporation named Sabir Space Industries. The goal of its CEO and majority shareholder, Nowal No'man, is to make Mars an independent world where mankind can begin again. She is recruiting a band of explorers and dreamers, experts and cast-offs, students and scientists and engineers and astronauts, while struggling to keep her company free from the heavy hand of Big Money.
But even from within her own company and from among her relatives the threat comes quicker than she had expected. How will it be possible to keep the dream alive? Or was the dream nothing but a fantasy?
Don Luther, PhD, lectures in Planetary Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, while researching the climate history of the Red Planet. He would love a chance to research the climate and geology of Mars first-hand and even to settle the big questions of life on Mars. But his wife has made it clear she isn't going along with his dreams. What can he do?
Abdul Qawi is many things, but stupid isn't one of them. He has led a hard life as a petty criminal, a Yemeni soldier and an intelligence officer and now finds a chance to work with his distant relative, Nowal No'man, in Dubai, using his energetic intellect to solve technical challenges. The ultimate adventure of exploring Mars beckons irresistibly, but he doesn't seem to have the right skill set to work his way onto the crew. Is there a way to beat the system? And what would it cost him if he did?
Follow the stories of these and other characters as the first SSI crew trains and launches, and lands on Mars at last.
Of course, landing is just the beginning. It doesn't get any easier from here onwards. In fact, death is always just one small accident away. But for those who survive and thrive, a new world is beckoning.
-- Because it's there! --