I can say with more than a tiny dose of satisfaction that I’ve recently finished and published my latest short scifi novel, Rebel Girl of Mars. The unexpected scifi adventure starts when a colony on Mars gets cut off completely and abruptly, and shows how one girl’s decisions might very well make the difference between her family and friends’ survival – not to mention a decent chunk of humanity.
It’s available for 0.99 in ebook format (print version forthcoming on Amazon). You can also glance at a free sample. For those interested you can take a peek here: Rebel Girl of Mars
Now that I’ve gotten my shameless plug out of the way, time to open things up to talk about planets and how they relate to who we are as individuals. I have always thought that space, planets, and stars represent the most exciting thing humans can ponder. Unlimited possibilities. I have a huge painting in my library with all the planets of the solar system in watercolor. Which of the planets intrigues you the most, if you could visit one? (And assuming you were given the gear to survive, of course.) I think this is an interesting question not least because it says a lot about human nature and also a person’s particular personality.
When asked this question of most intriguing planet, I’m sure some people would answer Mars or maybe even cheat a little and say the moon Europa. Why? Well, because it’s natural for us to be fascinated with planets that have the capacity to potentially harbor life.
On the other hand, though, I could see other legitimate answers. Some might find other planets more interesting, even if they don’t theoretically seem like promising life-incubators. Let’s take Saturn or Jupiter for instance. Some of the extraordinary weather phenomena on these giant planets has a kind of awe-inspiring artistry to them. The Eye of Jupiter is perhaps the best known planetary feature, and who hasn’t stared at that unusual landmark and been tapped, at least ever so lightly, by an instinct of wonder?
So in summary, learn a bit about yourself by looking at the solar system and seeing the planets almost like different characters. Which one appeals to you, and why, and what does it say about you as a person? You might just discover something interesting about yourself.