Set in the early 2070’s, this story gives the reader a taste of what life might be like for young Mars colonists sixty years from now. Having been born and raised on Mars, things such as having to wear pressure suits to go outdoors, night-time temperatures over a hundred degrees below zero, travelling in a pressurized Mars rover, and living on a planet with two moons, are normal for these young people: that’s just what their life is. What we would view as extraordinary is their ordinary.
During the course of dealing with a medical crisis, Augie utilizes some first aid equipment that doesn’t exist today, but most certainly will by the time of this story. An anesthetic and anti-inflammatory drug that can be taken orally, but only affects the injured area and a splint that can be applied like shrink wrap that turns ridged when a specific radiation is applied are two examples of such developments.
Be prepared to enjoy an adventure with some Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who are smart, capable, responsible and refreshingly free of pathology.
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About the Author
Doug Turnbull is the author of several science fiction books including Zachary Dixon: Officer Apprentice, Footprints in Red, Jupiter IV, The Future Revisited, and The Man Who Conquered Mars, as well as numerous short stories and novellas. In addition he hosted Mars Pirate Radio, weekly podcasts on the subjects of science, science fiction and the future. The podcasts include scores of interviews (135) with scientists, astronauts, as well as SF writers on the subject of space exploration and related topics and during its three year run had over 19,500 listeners, and are still available for listening. Turnbull also co-authored We Are the Martians a non-fiction book about the future settlement of Mars. He is an occasional contributor of non-fiction articles about space flight to Space.com, Astronomie Quebec, and other online publications. Most recently Turnbull was coauthor of a paper published by the Royal Astronomical Society Journal of Astronomy and Geophysics, entitled The Natural Evolution of Mars Soil for the Support of Plant Growth. He has been a guest of Alan Boyle on NBC News, at the University of Hawaii Astronomy Department, and at The Mars Society speaking on space science subjects. In 2013, his short story Tenderfoot won The Mars Society-Bulgaria’s Editor’s Choice award for short science fiction. Turnbull is single and resides in Frankfort, Kentucky, USA.