Category: Murder on Mars

In the tradition of Blade Runner and Altered Carbon.

Murder on Mars, Chapter 11

The Faust in Our Stars


“Why so glum, my friend, after so glorious a victory over the humans for the Oligarchy?” Asks the Duke of Marlborough, after the Battle of Blenheim, of an Oligarch soldier who’s leaning thoughtfully on the butt of his flintlock.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 10

Speed Kills, Timing Beats Speed, Shadow Longships Beat All Comers


“It is jet-black. A shade of black so deep, your eyes just kind of slide off it. And this longship kind of shimmers when you look directly at it. An elongated spider, big as death and twice as ugly.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 09

The Babylon 5 Project


Apocalypse Box—An Apocalypse Box is an object with mysterious origins and purpose, though it is known to possess a personality and can divulge information dating back thousands of years. There are said to be six Apocalypse Boxes and that the previous owners of all but one have ended up murdered.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 08

How It Ends


The National Pro Grid League (NPGL) was a professional athletics organization consisting of mixed-gender teams that operated from 2014 through 2016. No NPGL events have occurred since the final matches in 2016. The teams compete in timed events in the competition space referred to as “the grid”.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 07

Beast of the Box


Anníe Mist Þórisdóttir (often featured as Annie Thorisdottir in international media) is a professional CrossFit athlete from Reykjavík, Iceland. She is the co-owner of CrossFit Reykjavik, where she also coaches and trains.

Anníe is the first woman to win the CrossFit Games twice (in 2011 and 2012).… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 06

The Box


The Box CrossFit: A box is a barebones gym to some, but heaven to a CrossFitter. While many CrossFitters train on their own from home or non-CrossFit gyms, “boxes” have all the equipment necessary for the range of WODs (more on those below) without the bells, whistles, and bicep curl bars of a “chrome-and-tone” gym.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 05

12 Monkeys


There once was a serpent who only traveled in one direction: always forward, never backward.

Until one day the serpent came upon a demon.

The demon cursed the serpent, driving him insane—causing him to eat his own tail.Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 04

Discourse on Intercourse


court shoe (British English), or pump (American English), is a shoe with a low-cut front, the vamp, and without a fastening. They are usually worn by women, but are still traditional menswear in some formal situations, where the style is sometimes called an opera slipper or patent pump.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 03

White Rose, Black Forest, Mute


An old Amish proverb—“In order to mold her people, God often has to melt them.”


Gravity defying—i.e., the selfware exo looks filled out, just like they are being worn by an invisible person who’s frozen in place.… Read Full Article

Murder on Mars, Chapter 02

First Impressions


A dimly-lit restaurant with an intimate seating arrangement. The perfect place for adultery.

Lucy and Toy. They sit across from each in a booth. In the guise of two, smoking hot, adult human females. A first date arranged through the personals.… Read Full Article