Mars. A source of fascination for thousands of years.
The ancient Romans thought of Mars as the God of War. (The Greeks did, too, but their god and planet was named Ares.) It became a place of mystery and wonder when Giovanni Schiaparelli first trained his telescope on it to reveal unusual shadings that changed with the seasons and were thought by him and others (most notably Percival Lowell) to be canals.
Today is the first (Earth) anniversary of the Curosity Rover’s landing on the Red Planet. (We still need to wait until June 23, 2014 before the one Mars year anniversary.) In celebration I’m issuing this writing challenge: Write a story about Mars.
Note: You can pick your Mars. Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Mars of the John Carter series, or the one depicted in Ray Bradbury‘s Martian Chronicles, or the home planet of Robert Heinlein‘s Stranger in a Strange Land. Or perhaps you prefer the world depicted in the movie Total Recall (either version!) Take your pick, or make up your own version. Your choice.
Whatever Mars you choose, please write a story about it and link to it here, via the Comments or a Trackback.
I’m looking forward to another visit to the Red Planet. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!