NASA scientists recently announced that life on Mars is possible. At the very least, they’ve determined it’s not impossible. We’re still a long way from finding actual Martian life, either in bacterial form or as some kind of prehistoric fossil, but this is a big step forward in Mars research.
I happen to believe that anywhere in the universe that life can develop it inevitably will. I don’t have much scientific evidence to back that up, other than the extremophile species here on Earth and the mold that keeps spontaneously evolving in my fridge. But that’s okay. I’m not a scientist. I’m a science fiction writer.
The story I’m currently writing is about an ancient civilization on Mars. This being the Tomorrow News Network series, you can bet something disastrous is about to happen to that ancient civilization.
And for the record, if NASA had announced that they’d proven life on Mars was impossible, I’d be writing this story anyway. A good motto for any science fiction writer is, “Never let science get in the way of a good story.”