What's it Like to Live on Another Planet? #SciFi #Science

Exploration and discovery is what I love best about science fiction. I want to know what's out there, even if it's just our imaginations that take us there.

Earth and Moon from Mars

We have no idea what's out there, so we're free to imagine anything. Which is the most awesome part.

We've set foot on the Moon and we've sent robots to Mars and Titan (a moon of Saturn's). Otherwise, we've not actually landed on another world. Our species has a long way to go to get off this planet.

The machines, ships, and other technologies will certainly get us to other worlds. The biggest stumbling block will be our bodies and our minds. We have no idea what prolonged stays in space will do to us, or if it's even survivable. Humans are adapted very well to survive on Earth and nowhere else. In the Backworlds, I changed our biology to make us more adaptable. Either that or a suit, or nanites, or a vaccine, or a combination will be necessary for our kind to thrive off Earth.

If we do leave, there's no guarantee we can come back. Mars is 1/3 the gravity of Earth. We might lose too much muscle, bone, and whatnot to survive a return trip.

And what would it be like to be the first human settler on a world we're not made for? How would we go about it?

Mars, on NatGeo, gives us a taste of what it might be like. It's an excellent blend of drama with documentary. WARNING: it's addictive.

Intriguing as it is for me, I know I'd make a poor settler. I enjoy electricity, running water, internet, and convenient groceries too much to like being a settler. I learn this during every storm, and we've been getting hammered in the OR.

And, as I write this, we're getting more snow on top of the two feet we already have. They haven't plowed. And we're supposed to get freezing rain and snow all week.

Husband Unit was driving, not me

That's my car buried back there

But we have my new book to cheer us. FreeFall is now available at all ebook outlets. It's the best book I've written yet. Enjoy!

AmazonFR / IT / ES / NL / IN / JP / BR / MX

The first shot of a new war echoes through the galaxy. Craze has high hopes for what the alliance with an old enemy, the Foreworlds, will do to defeat a worse enemy, the Quassers.

The test of a highly-advanced weapon, created by the efforts of the alliance, pushes tensions over the brink and kills thousands. To make it worse, the Foreworld ambassador is keeping secrets.

Conventional warfare against the Quassers isn’t working, and if the alliance ends, Craze has become the most hated man in the galaxy for no reason.

With nothing left to lose, Craze sets in motion one last chance for survival.


  1. Congratulations on your latest release.
    Here in the sweaty season I would like some of your snow. Some global weather moderation would be nice wouldn't it?

    1. EC, you must be down under? It really would be nice to just be able to dial in the weather. Too hot? Dial in some snow. LOL.

    2. I'd be happy to share the snow. Honest :)

  2. Mars is an absolutely awesome show. We just finished it the other night. I'd make a poor settler too. Congrats on your newest release! :)

    1. I just finished it, too. Awesome show. Thank you!

  3. Now I want to see Mars! No way could I be a settler. I like my creature comforts.

  4. Congrats on the new release. Mars doesn't look too promising from that picture.

  5. Those pics look like Michigan! Although, we've been having warm weather that's in the 30s and making everything a slushy mess.

    Congrats on the release. I don't think I could be a settler either. I like my modern amenities.

  6. Big congrats and wishing you much luck during the launch! :) Looks so exciting! http://emilyanngirdner.com/blog/

  7. i can only imagine how it would be to live on another planet - i loved the Martian and his take on it.
    i'd be a terrible pioneer too! but your snow scenes look like Hoth, another harsh planet!

    and thanks for visiting my cradle rock release party! you're a great guest!
    happy friday!
    Tara Tyler Talks


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