Life on Mars

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.

Four View of Mars In Northern Summer

Source: Hubblesite.org

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.”

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If You Love Robots…

If you love robots (and if you’re one of my regular readers, you probably do) then I have some news you can get excited about.  Last week, Curiosity, the largest robot ever sent to another planet, successfully landed on Mars.  Its mission is to search for any evidence that Mars currently or ever did support life.  Of course, you probably already knew that, but did you know you can follow Curiosity on Twitter?  Not sure if it will follow you back, though.  (Click here.)

But the Mars rover is a long way away.  You’ll probably never get to see it in person.  You definitely will never get to ride it.  The good news is there’s a really cool project going on in Massachusetts.  They’re building a giant, spider-like robot named Stompy, and if you donate money to the project they’ll let you ride it when its finished.  If you donate a lot of money, they’ll even let you drive it.  (Click here.)

Of course Tomorrow News Network fans already know about “The Opera of Machines.”  For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s got robots.  Even more exciting, it’s got cyborgs.  Click here to start reading it, and if you have any other cool robot news to share please leave a comment.