The Edge of MarsI stand on the edge of the cliff on Mars. The dark red spiked rocks at the bottom stare right back up at me as they peak through the swirling red dust that prevent me from seeing the bottom.The Edge of Mars3 days ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
I traveled this far, the first human being to go to Mars, only to have my ship freaking crash. I have no way back home. I’m stuck out here with my oxygen quickly depleting. Soon I’ll be left with nothing.
I stare into the sky and pick out a star in the ever abundant sky. Once I take my picking, I name it. “Jim.” I whisper, thinking of my husband. He must be at work right now. He watched my rocket blast off, but then he went straight back to work. He probably has no idea that I’m stuck here right now while the other two members that were on the rocket were crushed from the impact of the crash.
I walk closer towards the edge so my toes are hanging off the side. I stare back up at my star. I hear the slight fizzle from the leaking oxygen; it echoes in my ears. “Jim,
Life On Mars...Mariner's Vally, the "Death Vally" of Mars.Life On Mars...13 hours ago in Personal More Like This
The robots put in the last glass plate to seal us off from the cold vacuum of the Martian surface.
A great calm fell over the small section of Valles Merineris that was now air tight.
As luck would have it, it was a clear Martian day with the feeble sun directly overhead.
We went to work sealing all the cracks.
Holes were drilled in the valley walls and filled with the hot wires that would melt the ice in the frozen ground.
It began to flow back into the valley.
The bio tanker was only twelve months from landing.
The sealed in area needed to be relatively warm and wet when it arrived.
The faint sun made it easy to sleep, and the low gravity made it easy to work. We knew we would get it done on time.