Air: Generation Mars, Book One

The surface of Mars has the biggest volcanic mountains and deepest canyons in the solar system. There are the remains of water features everywhere, both tiny and vast, yet water hasn’t flowed on the surface for over three billion years. The whole planet is red because it’s rusty. Actually, it’s not really red—more of a brownish orange with blacks and greys and whites mixed in. But someone long ago called it “the red planet”, and the name stuck. A day on Mars is about 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth and is called a sol. The sunsets are upside down from those of Earth: shades of blue layering out from the Sun, diffusing into yellows and pinks and oranges above. Mars has two moons that move in opposite directions across the sky. There is very little atmosphere, and what there is consists mostly of carbon dioxide, the same gas that we exhale here on Earth. The wind blows hard at times, yet the atmosphere is so thin that you might barely notice it. Such winds can lift dust from the surface though, sometimes creating massive dust storms that blow for days. Occasionally, one of these storms will grow to cover the entire planet.

Which is all to say that it’s a weird place.

Air: Generation Mars, Book One

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(image: composite logo with Luis Peres)

Scratching the Surface on Planetary Society list!

The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla publishes an annual list of recommended children’s books about space. Scratching the Surface made it onto this year’s list!

I’m honored to be included with all these other great titles.

Research break

There probably won’t be much writing for a few days. I need to slow down, do some research on some of the wild things I threw in during this sprint, and get the timeline in order.

Writing update

With today’s entry, I have completed the primary plot arc. That sounds like a big deal, and I guess it is. But there is still soooooooo much to do. The timeline is full of inconsistencies. POV wanders willy-nilly (omniscient, but needs taming). I’m way out on a limb with some of the technological events. There is no Act 1 or denouement. Much of the storytelling is fragmented and includes notes to myself. Characters need further development…

So, a milestone of sorts, but nothing to celebrate.

Today’s word count: 952