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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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The War for Mars United, Chapter 9: The Octagon Office

March 17, 2017, 9:29 pm

Norine Maciel awoke with a start. Pablo Maciel rustled. “Todo bien, mi amor?” “Uh, yeah.” She had sweated through her pajamas. She got up to change them. “Bad dream?” her husband asked. “Yes,” she said, changing clothes, not letting Pablo see how round her middle had become in the last few years. “Do you want to talk about it?” Norine was still shaking, a little. “I was dreaming…about the day Uniparney’s snow globe arrived on Mars. The image of it
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The War for Mars United, Chapter 8: Armstrong Air Base

March 10, 2017, 3:30 pm

Planet-wide registration was announced two days after the mothership left Earth. Every Mars citizen had to serve anyway – that was written into the constitution, to keep certain corporations from monopolizing the military. Nonetheless, something like one fourth of the population had managed to find some technicality to avoid service, often abetted by their corporation. The Prime Minister’s latest speech called for fresh updates from every person on the planet, itemizing recent changes in health, location, last time in space,
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The War for Mars United, INSERT: Historical Timeline

March 3, 2017, 10:40 am

INSERT: HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF MARS 1877: Asaph Hall discovers, names Phobos and Deimos 1957: Sputnik becomes first manmade object in space, from Soviet Union 1969: Apollo 11 carries first men to surface of extraterrestrial object, from USA 1971: Mars 2 becomes first manmade object on Mars, from Soviet Union 2000: Iceland builds first machines harnessing geo-thermal power 2020: Private space travel begins, led by Richard Branson and others 2020s: Corporations move to private islands in international waters 2030: Hotel Hyperion
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