Gretchen shares her reasons for going to Mars…
After my husband non-renewed our marriage contract, I completed the residence change application. The Housing Ministry assigned me housing to match my single status. In other words, it was small. Don’t get me wrong, it was pleasant enough–far better than living in a Quonset hut in Antartica.
I needed work since my last project leader blackballed me in the archaeology field. Once my money ran out, the government would move me into free public housing, which was ill-maintained–typical of a government-run endeavor.
Thankfully, MarsVantage needed help deciphering odd symbols in a remote Martian cave. The fee would cover nearly a year’s worth of expenses. Fortunately for me, they have to overpay for everything. They had to pay for my travel time to and from Mars, plus they had to pay handsomely, some would say overpay, for the job itself.
And what I found was beyond my wildest imagination–the knowledge and treasures of the Bvindu civilization. A lifetime of work awaits me on Mars, a place where I finally belong if Peter Konklin’s operatives don’t steal it or kill me first.
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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.