A quick reminder

Their trip to Mars was routine, their sleep cycles slowly adjusted to the local Martian timezone where they’d recondition their bodies and help set up the new communication array.

The in-flight updates they received from the Martian crew they’d left behind a year before contained a few surprises, but nothing out of the ordinary — several new inventions, including members of the eukaryotic and prokaryotic domains of life assembled using local material.

When Guin and Lee arrived on Mars, the welcome-home party was instantly legendary, twisted into tales and legends told for sols, the way they turned everyone’s work habits into adventures, the party itself never ending the whole time the two of them were on the Red Planet.

That was part of their everyday charm and magic, the perfectly rational and scientific explanation for the way they achieved goals no one thought possible — they didn’t believe in miracles, they created them.


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