Archive for December, 2014

The Greening of Mars

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

I added a free read to my website a few weeks back titled “The Wizard of Mars”. This is actually a Christmas story that occurs on Mars. Naturally this is also a science fiction story and happens during a period of Mars being terra-formed.

Since this is a short story the main focus are on two characters, Ellie and Ryan, and how they interact. So I had to add my science of Mars being changed into a habitable planet carefully.

There are a few problems trying to make Mars sustainable to life. One, its damn cold. Another is it has just a fraction of an atmosphere. And one more problem is Mars doesn’t have a magnetic field and is susceptible to the sun’s solar wind and ultraviolet radiation.

In “The Wizard of Mars” I sought to explain how these obstacles had been overcome and Mars was slowly becoming a world where people could live on, with suitable protection of course. Similar to Earth’s ecology where one event can have effects on another, I used a slow increase in atmosphere to help increase the warming (greenhouse effect) of Mars, which in turn helped to further increase the atmosphere and the thawing of the frozen water underneath the surface. Eventually the combination of water vapour, increased atmospheric pressure helped make living on Mars less reliant on protective suits and enclosed cities.

Please give the story a read if you want to know more about the science I used and what Christmas on Mars might be like.  

By the way, Merry Christmas and warm wishes for the New Year.

Wine and murder

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

There’s always a great feeling when one finishes writing a story. “The End” has finally been reached. I plan to have a glass of wine to celebrate the occasion.

However, instead that glow of a job well done, sometimes there is nagging thought that pushes out. Maybe I missed something.

 The truth is a story can always be spruced up a bit- one can do almost endless edits. Switch a word or a phrase here and there. Not a major change and maybe the edits don’t really help the story at all. But then again maybe a minor change will work wonders.

I’ve finished a murder mystery, a murder that takes place during a wine festival. I’m happy with my characters and my belief the murderer’s identity isn’t easy to spot. Yet there maybe something wrong that hides from that first glance, the quick read. Like a body on the coroner’s table where the cause of death at first seems obvious, perhaps a closer examination will reveal something else.

So I picked up a copy of Don’t Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden, almost 300 pages of how to make a story better. It’s actually longer than my own book, so there should be ample information on how to improve my own murder mystery- assuming it can be improved.

There’s still the outside chance its great just as it is and I don’t need to change a thing. Maybe that’s just the wine talking.