Waiter, My Marswater Is Too Salty For Life — Isn’t It?

So, today NASA announced the presence of liquid water on the surface of Mars, in the form of seasonal saline (brine) flows. Which is exciting. And maybe a little disappointing, too. A seasonal brine flow doesn't exactly sound like something you could find life in at all -- consider that salting is a pretty darn... Continue Reading →

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It’s Easier to Write Aliens

So, I've been tinkering with this Flowers of Dawn story.  So far, a diplomat on leave following the death of her spouse has been befriended by an alien she's previously only interacted with professionally.  The alien accompanies her to the graveyard.  She leaves a stone.  The alien leaves a... well, a green bean-thing.  I won't... Continue Reading →

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