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“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt , 26th President of the United States
In 1659, Mars was discovered. 305 years later the Mariner 4 was sent on an eight month mission to the red planet, and in 2004 Spirit landed on Mars- the first rover to do so. In the year 2034 humans were sent to Mars, and soon afterwards a scientific research facility for planetary use was set up. The rate of technological advances had skyrocketed- and with it, the Earth’s resources plummeted. Countries reliant on import were thrown into turmoil, and those who ran exports withdrew, keeping to themselves.
Russian ideals of the pre-WWII era rose again, and smaller, less fortunate countries banded together under the spreading influence. The majority of the Eastern Hemisphere surrounding Russia became the Red Union. Europe and China weren’t long in following suit, becoming the United European Lands and the Asiatic Assembly, respectively. Africa became the Equatorial Landmass. Alliances were made, borders drawn, and tensions high.
Until the Collapse.
Tense atmospheres between the alliance of Canada, Northern America, and Southern America, known as the Western Continental Powers and the Red Union came to the point of what could have befallen the Cold War. Nuclear weapons had been employed against Northern Siberia.
And the seams erupted.
The Western Continental Powers and the United European Lands allied, in conjunction against the Red Union and Asiatic Assembly. Several launches of smaller, less destructive nuclear bombs were used as aggressive tactical war movements, but the entire planet knew that one step too far would lead to total nuclear fallout.
Of course, armies never gained the chance to mobilize. The rapid defensive armament of each country had expedited the world’s draining. Soon, the entire world was Allied as the threat of their own decision’s effects came upon them.
It was too late to save the planet. But many began to turn to another, just across from the original home they had once known.
Missions were formed, research combined, and the first settlements began on Mars.
Human greed had dissipated as the end of days came upon the world, and every civilian possible was sent to their neighboring planet to live in the newly constructed bases, which later became the TerraDomes- huge spherical societies embedded within the surface of the planet, filled with artificial atmospheres and people. The planet’s naturally abundant carbon dioxide was a hyper-fuel for plant life, and soon the planet was thriving, and resources manufactured from the iron of the surface.
The old separation of the world by countries and ethnic boundaries were removed, the human catastrophe the only thing to ever truly unite the world’s people, at the expense of the world they lived on.
We bid farewell to the destruction we had caused on Earth.
And began anew on Mars.
EchoOblivion: I was hooked from start to finish - couldn't put it down! Excellent story, compelling characters, well-built world and just the right amount of mystery. I would definitely recommend if you are a fan of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, with a few zombies-like creatures thrown in for good measure. Can't wa...
idk956180: Great story with an amazing plot and wonderful characters with very interesting back stories ,didn't stop reading until I finished it.Has a few a errors but nothing detrimental to the story. I'm very much in love with with the plot , it's the thing I found most impressive about this story, anyone...
Leah Brown: This was an amazing read! I was hooked from the very first chapter, holding my breadth to see what would happen next. The characters are rich and vibrant, and the world Danielle has created is fascinating. If you love YA, you MUST read this book. Such a smart, brilliant debut novel. I loved it!
Dru83: This is perhaps my favorite part of the Olafson story just because it is here that were are introduced to his "gang". The characters are so diverse and complicated that each of them could just about spawn their own story. Eric's buddies are just so captivating and the plot just rolls along. Again...
Chris Rolfe: BOY!!! I sure love what Aer-Ki Jyr did with this series. IMHO he captured the essence of what stargate is all about. Thru out the Stargate stories Aer-Ki wrote Stevens and John Shepard some of the main characters in his stories are pursued by a corrupt I.O.A.. All the while Stevens is changing in...
ga1984: I really enjoyed it! Characters were deep and plot was pretty complex. A bit on the violent side but it doesnt detract from the story. Very dark but situations make sense. Ends kinda abruptly and later chapters will need some editing work. I'm assuming there's more in the works?
Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...
FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"
Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."