The Greening of Mars

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.

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