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The War for Mars United, Chapter 19: The Ghetto: Street Fight

May 26, 2017, 10:47 am

After Azalea tossed her back into her cell, Martina waited about thirty minutes. She wanted to be sure all of her body parts were working correctly. She was exhausted and in seven kinds of pain, but she knew she could function. She used her teeth to pare down Azalea’s Wazgretco scrunchie to just its wire. After she finished, the wire was about the length of an extended paper clip. She curved the end of it, like a fish hook. She
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 18: New Moscow

May 18, 2017, 7:55 pm

Prime Minister Norine Maciel boarded the First Spaceship along with Chatterjee and Senators Samoset, Weaver, Guen-hye, Falke, Ngorongoro, and Yoshimura, as well as their bodyguards. As their ship rose, the New Jerusalem skyline shimmered in the dawn’s early light. Sure, maybe it wasn’t any prettier than Shanghai or New York from this same distance, but this was all built in defiance of Mars’ natural laws, and you could never convince Norine that that wasn’t special. From high above, the trains
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 17: The Cave

May 12, 2017, 3:08 pm

  Wolverine meat wasn’t as bad as Julia had anticipated. Julia would not go so far as to say it tasted like chicken, but it wasn’t terrible either. Good thing bos could start fires. However, bos lacked shovels, making burying Stuart difficult: they had had to dig with their hands. Afterward, Deleuze had said a few words of eulogy. Watching him, Julia wondered if they would later need Stuart’s body’s meat. Yes, it’s a sick thought, but Julia had done
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 16: The Cell

May 5, 2017, 5:08 pm

Martina Maciel woke up in what looked like a 2-meter-by-2-meter cell, lit by a solitary strip of neon in the middle of the ceiling. Her feet were bound and her hands were bound behind her back. Instinctively, she wormed her body through a circle made by her arms and Wazgretco handcuffs, to get her hands in front of her. Okay, that hurt a lot more than usual. Probably felt like it did for people who tried it without training. Her
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 15: The Octagon Office: The Ten-Percenters

April 28, 2017, 9:02 pm

Prime Minister Norine Maciel reviewed status with Chatterjee in the communications room next to the Octagon Office. NATO could possibly send a fleet of smaller aircraft that could travel faster than the mothership. But such planes would hardly be battle-ready after traveling through space that way. In any event, NATO had no such plans. Plans! Norine thought. How was she supposed to plan this now? What more could she do to keep the other dominoes steady, hold the disgruntled corporations
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 14: A Crater Rim

April 21, 2017, 3:38 pm

Julia Maciel peered down off of the sheer cliff. Yeah. Ha ha. No way. Julia and her – what were they, co-travelers? – had followed the tracks of the airplane. At first it was a relief to know that the earth hadn’t just swallowed it up. Or that someone had somehow dismantled it piece by piece within an hour. Yet the truth wasn’t that much better. Based on the tire tracks, someone had rolled the jet off of the rim
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 13: The Ghetto: Searching for Rhodes

April 14, 2017, 6:58 am

The day after NATO’s final vote, Martina worked eight hours at the Space Port without major incident. From there, she did not go home. Instead, Martina remained in military uniform, tied up her hair, put it under a military beret, donned sunglasses, and set off for the bad part of New Jerusalem. Blocks upon blocks of warehouses and townhouses, many abandoned to their broken windows and rusty pipes. There, Martina calmly walked amongst the homeless people and whores and pimps.
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 12: The Senate Chambers

April 7, 2017, 10:10 pm

Prime Minister Maciel loathed speaking before the Senate. All the Senators would be preening, showboating, making points they’d made a hundred times before. Too many critics on both worlds had declared that she couldn’t make a case for war on TV, in front of a deliberative body. NATO had grown weary of voting, and now, with the A.A. mothership a week away from Earth, the window of possibility was closing. NATO had promised to watch the Senate speech and debate
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 11: The Top of Olympus Mons

March 31, 2017, 10:14 am

  Julia Maciel flew all night. The distance between New Jerusalem and Olympus Mons was about 5300 kilometers; their training plane maxed out at about 600 km/h. With decent wind, Julia calculated the trip would take about eight hours. Kenyatta, Deleuze, Stuart and Isabel slept doubled up in their gunner’s chairs, but Julia had to remain awake. Well, it was nothing she hadn’t done before, on patrols. She listened to her favorite Mars bands – nothing from Earth. Music was
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 10: Wang Jiangou Train Station

March 24, 2017, 3:04 pm

Martina couldn’t get used to her house without John in it. She kept expecting him to come in the door any minute. That wasn’t as bad as the nights when she would dream he was alive and talking to her. When she woke up, it was like losing him for the first time all over again. All her life, she’d dealt with frustration by focusing harder on training, often by hitting a punching bag or running a 5k. But she
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