The Music of Mars-Gretchen’s Personal Journey

In The Music of Mars, Gretchen journeys to Mars to decipher strange symbols in a remote cave. I’ve written a lot about this outer journey, but her internal journey is just as fascinating. She begins the story disagreeing with her project leader over the meaning of artifacts found in Antarctica. She believes the truth is …

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The Music of Mars–Reviews

Already, several readers asked about a sequel to The Music of Mars. I will write another, and I’m actively considering events to challenge Frank, Gretchen, and the Earth archaeologists working in the Bvindu city named The Vault of Ages. A GoodReads reader left this comment in part: It was very accessible and didn’t have a …

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The Music of Mars-The Antagonists

Part of the fun in writing is the opportunity to create characters to interfere with the needs and desires of the main characters. The trick is to give the antagonists an excellent reason to oppose the main characters. In The Music of Mars, Peter Konklin, the CEO of Peter Konklin Interplanetary, lost control of MarsVantage twelve …

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The Music of Mars, the Government, and Blackmarkets

In The Music of Mars, I looked at current government initiatives and extrapolated what the future would look like within the context of the overall story. Seventy-five years ago, marriage was a till-death-do-us-part proposition. These days, it can be relatively temporary as it’s easy to divorce, and there’s no stigma in doing so. I put …

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Free Comic Book Day and Book Signing

Comic Logic in Ashburn, VA celebrated free comic book day yesterday, May 5th. People waited in line to check out comic books. Word had it that when the doors opened the line was at the bottom of the stairs. For over four hours the store was packed. I saw many familiar people and lots of …

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Mars InSight Lander Launch

On May 5, 2018, the Mars InSight mission is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. This launch will be NASA’s first from the West Coast. The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport is scheduled to land in Elysium Planitia, Mars (northern hemisphere) on Nov. 26, 2018. For two …

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The Music of Mars and Quotations

When I wrote The Music of Mars, I looked to America’s colonial times for inspiration. I wanted to tell a story where Mars’s culture was starting to deviate from Earth’s, allowing for plenty of tension. While I allow for instantaneous communication, to get anything physically between Earth and Mars requires about one month. I specifically …

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Comic Logic Third Anniversary and Book Signing

On April 21st, Comic Logic in Ashburn, VA celebrated their third anniversary. Food, Avengers trivia, cosplay, and of course, comic books filled the day. Plus, they invited several creators, including me. I was among a comic book writer, children’s book author, a fantasy author, and a creator of customized clutches, bags, keyrings, and towels. I …

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The Music of Mars-Chuck Has a Spy Problem

Chuck’s concerned about Konklin’s spies within MarsVantage… I have no proof. Either my board members disbelieve or don’t care, but I know Peter Konklin has spies in my company, MarsVantage. For over a decade, Konklin and his company have been one step ahead of us. As soon as we get traction in an area, we …

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