o this was one a coworker handed me, a short piece of fiction of a failing Mars colony from Tor Books.
Imagine a Mars colony totally cut off. Earth no longer communicates. Dust covers their sky – they’ve not seen the moons or stars or anything. The colony has no resources to expand. All they can do is carefully monitor life support, sending out old folks to die while replacing them with occasional births. Everything is dusty and worn and bleak.
So Nina, one of the young women of Mars, turns out to be special. With her suit ripped in a tumble, she should be dead. But she’s not! Apparently she’s one of the first of Mars who has adapted to its climate and air levels. She could be the one they send out, to go beyond the small range of a suit tank, to see what’s out there. Maybe she could find an old crashed supply rocket of something. Perhaps she can help turn this colony around and make it thrive.
What she finds is… unbelievable.
And I’m using that term in every sense. I don’t buy the ending gotcha – there are too many holes to support this.
Don’t trust my judgement? You can read it for yourself, all seventeen pages, HERE. Love to know what you think.