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The War for Mars United, Chapter 29: Aquinas’ Mansion

August 11, 2017, 9:49 pm

Julia Maciel had barely slept during the two nights since her lakeside chat with Godfrey. How could he have known about Martina’s kids? Martina was tabloid-famous, yes, but her kids were born years after the founding of New Dagreb. This little snow-globe-paradise was supposed to be entirely cut off from media, except when new members managed to find the pneumatic tube. Could Isabel or Kenyatta have said something? After bojutsu training, Julia pulled Isabel aside. “Isabel? Do you have a
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 28: The Sky Above Mount Sharp

August 5, 2017, 8:18 am

The war had no drone phase. The A.A. hadn’t bothered to bring drones, knowing that it wasn’t worth the trouble of fighting off M.U. jamming signals. Now, the dogfight between Mars United and the Asian Alliance resembled the vision of a thousand microbes, seen through a microscope, exposed to increasing heat. It was total chaos at 10,000 meters above Mars’ surface. Only this time, it wasn’t a sim. This was as real as a heart attack. “Peterson!” Martina barked into
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 27: In Mars Orbit

July 28, 2017, 1:24 am

“FIRE!” commanded Prime Minister Norine Maciel. With one word, then, Norine had begun the real war – Mars United versus the mothership. With the fate of human freedom hanging in the balance. No big deal, Norine told herself. She watched on the virtual cameras as their nuclear missiles sped to the mothership. “The virtual cameras are really doing their job,” Weaver said. “I know it’s just a composite image of the missiles, but they look so real.” “Definitely better than
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 26: Pacific Lake

July 21, 2017, 1:00 am

Standing in the large central plaza, Julia Maciel led a training of about fifty residents of New Dagreb. The trainees stood in formation doing various lifts, turns, parries, sweeps, and swings with their bodies. They, and Julia, were using bamboo sticks instead of real bos. Julia was exhilarated. Sure, picking fruit and clearing fields was all right, but this was the kind of thing she really enjoyed. She would probably have enjoyed it more but for the presence of Kenyatta.
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 25: Martina’s Place

July 14, 2017, 1:59 am

Martina Maciel finished a round of 100 push-ups, rolled over, and let herself feel the excruciating pain she was pretty much always in. Yes, they had drugs for that. But she had now run through them. Some people got paralyzed and managed with bionic limbs. Sure, some people. Martina’s injury was too severe for that. For the first month of her recovery, Martina was barely permitted to see blades, nor ropes nor strings. Apparently, it’s standard procedure to assume that
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 24: The Galileo Conference Room

July 7, 2017, 9:09 am

  3:00pm, March 13th. Prime Minister Norine Maciel and Chatterjee walked around the halls of the Mars White House. As they walked past various low-level functionaries, Norine glanced at her holo-screen, at speeches meant to inspire soldiers from Churchill, Tudela, Hernandez. None of them felt right. Someone once said you don’t go to war with the army you want, but instead with the army you have. As it happened, their army wasn’t as bad as feared. Several thousand soldiers had
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 23: The New Dagreb Perimeter

June 23, 2017, 5:19 pm

Julia Maciel jogged around the perimeter of the snow globe. She checked her ring: eight kilometers done. Two more to go. Running had become Julia’s favorite thing to do in New Dagreb. While jogging, Julia found she could simultaneously clear her head and marvel at the wonder that was a snow globe floating in the middle of the living lava bed of Olympus Mons. On the edge of the dome, where she was, a mere five-meter layer of hafnium-nitrogen-carbon-alloy stood
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 22: The Auditorium

June 16, 2017, 1:08 am

SIX MONTHS LATER From a distance, the dogfight between Mars United and the separatists looked like a thousand microbes, as seen through a microscope, exposed to increasing heat. In other words, total chaos at 5,000 meters above Mars’ surface. Bang! Smash! Whoosh! Crash! Jets roared around the sky, firing, dodging, and sometimes getting pulverized. Technically, this was the way Mars United wanted it. M.U. had no chance in a battle fought in regulated formation. M.U. had to make the A.A.
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 21: The First Spaceship

June 9, 2017, 10:00 pm

Prime Minister Norine Maciel looked out the window as the First Spaceship taxied around New Moscow’s Space Port. Half the passenger bay remained undamaged; the Senators viewed their needed feeds of information. Norine glanced down at stats that Chatterjee had gathered from Colonel Oltman. 3% chance of New Moscow stopping the First Spaceship before it left the bio-dome. 7% chance of New Moscow firing on the First Spaceship outside the bio-dome and claiming it was self-defense. She only had to
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 20: New Dagreb: Arrival

June 2, 2017, 9:49 pm

Julia Maciel rode the pneumatic tube long enough for the novelty to wear off. How long had it been? A minute? Two? Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end? Julia recalled just those words of Lewis Carroll’s. This had better not end with a cake saying “Eat me.” She hoped Kenyatta had jumped in after her. The tube was made of clear plastic alloy. All around her she saw sheet rock. If this tube broke down
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