Mars

Perseverance Landing Video

NASA released a new video of the landing, and it’s awesome. GeorgeI’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 These days, when not managing a group of software engineers, I write science fiction and speculative fiction. Learn more. …

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Perseverance Has Landed!

Mars gained a new robotic inhabitant on February 18, 2021, Perseverance. NASA produced an animation showing how it’d look. Here’s the landing from the control center’s perspective. I watched live. My first thought was the younger generation is in control. Oh, there were some graybeards, but the younger generation was firmly entrenched in the control …

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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-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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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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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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The Music of Mars-Frank and the Knowledge Keepers

Franks talks about the Knowledge Keepers… Just after my engagement to Lori, she inducted me as an initiate in the Knowledge Keeper Order. She taught me the ins and outs until she died in the Airlock Accident. When the public catches Knowledge Keepers in action, they see clowns, which is designed to cover our actual …

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The Music of Mars-Behind the Story

In The Music of Mars, I wanted to explore practical aspects of having a colony on Mars, which means dealing with planetary separation, and how various elements of such a distance affected character motivation and actions. Today, it takes around 260 days (a tick under nine months) to travel from Earth to Mars with the …

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The Music of Mars-Why Gretchen Went to Mars

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. …

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