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Fire, Blood, and Pain on Mars

Victor At 25km high and 264km in diameter, Olympus Mons is the largest mountain in the solar system and the second largest in the known galaxy after 4Vesta. After the humans of Earth had dropped a hydrogen bomb into this, and several other, volcano the resulting cloud of ash fertilized the soil and thickened the […]

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Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens Vic, Sasha, and Kevin had been riding for several hours without a single interesting thing happening when Sasha called for break. “Hold!” Kevin and Vic both turned around, surprised, to see what she needed. It had been the first sound, other than the whooshing of wind and the clacking of hooves, in […]

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The Labyrinth of Night

Journal of Kevin Hendricks Day 27: Noctis Labyrinthus,  2 days SSE of Tholus County Made camp an hour ago. Tomorrow we begin mapping the Noctis Labyrinthus, the “Labyrinth of Night”. I approach this section of the journey with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. The long, winding series of deep caverns and high plateaus is […]

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The Czar of Mars

The Czar of Mars The crowd stank of sweat and pheromones. The sounds of cheering and cursing and yelling had all melded into a single background audio that Sheriff Matthew Tomes barely noticed anymore, like a fan in the window on a humid Earth day. But that smell, god damn don’t these people shower? Tomes […]

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Ceremonies

Dedication Marcel perched on the edge of the South face of Olympus Mons looking down on the platform set into the lower East face where the Queen’s Regent would be speaking in a few minutes. Nearly the entire Kentauran colony population, almost 30,000, had gathered for the dedication ceremony. The mountain itself was something to […]

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Storm before the Calm

1 day Ago Commander Shelly Combs sat at the long brown table, a pile of paper slips in front of her, 25 adults sitting and watching as she counted each slip, slowly. “Remember,” she cautioned them, “the 11 who get the most votes will be the governing council. The 1 among those 11 with the […]

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Escape Hatch

Escape Hatch “I think they’re expecting you to say something, Captain.” Archibald continued to stare out the window of the Fore Cabin at the red dot of Mars growing all too slowly against the infinite black vacuum, “Like what, ‘Have a good vote, we all die tomorrow’?” Shelly bit her lip, rocked up on her […]

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Children of Mars

Star Gazing Kara lay back on the red-green hillside just a kilometer outside the camp staring up at the Martian night sky, “I love watching the moon crossing.” Marcel nodded his angular head, “Yes, every planet has its own unique features. The counter-revolutions of Phoebus and Deimos is certainly a rarity among habitable planets. The […]

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Shuttle Craft

Shuttle Craft “Elias! Quite staring off into space and get over here and help your Mother.” Elias Davis sighed. Taking one more look through the porthole into the endless nothing of the universe, and wondered again why he was here. “Yes, Dad.” He mumbled and turned back to help clean their “quarters”, an extravagant description […]

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Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day “Look at that crowd. And you thought we were going to have trouble getting volunteers, there must be 10,000 people out there already, just here in New York alone. They’re gathering like this all over the world.” Elizabeth Davis, Director of the UFN Space Agency stood looking out the 30th story window at […]

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The Kentauran

The Kentauran “Hello, my name is Gerald Montgomery and tonight the Montgomery Report brings you a special, history making, on location edition. We are live, on board the Kentauran ship, 35 Thousand Kilometers above the Earth’s surface. In geosynchronous orbit with the city of Chicago, to be specific. With me is the Captain of the […]

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Gene Haldry, PhD

The Montgomery Report Director Gene Haldry, PhD. Black. A spotlight appears on a theatrical stage framed by red velvet drapes. Stage center sits a round oak table with two chairs. Also made of oak, the chairs’ tall backs appear to made of a single piece, warped by craft into a smooth, comfortable curve. The entire […]

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Mars Station

Jan 29, 2025 Mars Station “Kara! KARA!” “Stop yelling! I’m right here.” Kara stepped into the living room from the kitchen. Crimson and grey hair loosely hanging about her round face to the shoulders, the olive uniform of the science department unmarked but for her name on the right jacket pocket, and the red circle […]

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Volunteers Needed

Jan. 28, 2025 Text of Public Statement The United Federation of Nations Office of the President President Avram Volunteers Needed Citizens of Earth, I come to you today to speak on an issue of tremendous importance to us all. It is with great deliberation and contemplation that the decision to bring this information to you today […]

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Project Mars

The President of Earth announces that volunteers are needed to settle Mars with the assistance of  aliens who have recently made first contact with us, and every idiot and his brother decides they are the Lewis and Clark of space. Project Mars, Earth 2025

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