Head over to the Center for Science and the Imagination website to read an original science fiction short story, “I Am Mars,” written by Kraig Farkash, a writer based in Arizona. Kraig’s haunting story carries echoes of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, and was inspired by a November 2013 lecture, “Mars on a one-way ticket,” by theoretical physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies of Arizona State University.
The ship’s orbit collapsed. A course correction was required and the nanobots responded immediately, animating Alan’s carcass like hidden puppeteers yanking at a meat marionette. The bloodied stubs of Alan’s arms abruptly jerked forward. They flopped onto the ship’s yoke and tried to steady its course. The nanobots’ intent was to save the ship and its cargo, but without a pilot or enabled autopilot, the vessel was doomed.
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