Frank Brentford shares a few thoughts:
I lived on Mars my entire life, learned engineering from my dad, and worked my way to engineering manager in MarsVantage. When going through my dad’s things, I found a crystal fragment that generates electricity when submerged in water according to his handwritten journal.
With a new, local energy source, we can import fewer fuel cells from Earth, which lowers our reliance on Earth and allows us to expand the company. To accomplish all of those goals, I need to gain access to a cavern full of the crystal–Marsium121.
My problem is a locked door-like structure with odd symbols in a cave fronting the cavern, and it’s the only practical way inside. Nothing is ever easy on Mars.
I need an archaeologist…
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I’m an author living in northern Virginia with a wife and a cat. In the late ’80s, I worked on the International Space Station project. I recently retired from managing a group of software engineers to focus on writing science fiction and speculative fiction. Learn more.