Each Tuesday, rather than a POSSIBLY IRRITATING ESSAY, I'd like to both challenge you and lend a helping hand. I generate more speculative and teen story ideas than I can ever use. My family rolls its collective eyes when I say, "Hang on a second! I just have to write down this idea..." Here, I'll include the initial inspiration (quote, website, podcast, etc) and then a thought or two that came to mind. These will simply be seeds -- plant, nurture, fertilize, chemically treat, irradiate, test or stress them as you see fit. I only ask if you let me know if anything comes of them.
SF Trope: Human Interplanetary Voyaging!
Current Event: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/11/nuclear-fusion-rocket-could-reach-mars-in-30-days/
Historical Background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Direct
Zubrinka Lakewood glanced at Penelope Ok.
Penelope glared back at him.
Zu said, “So, how are we supposed to get out of this?”
Aware of the cameras trained on them from all sides as well as their distance from anything she could push off of, Pen replied, “We’re supposed to work together...”
“Duh,” snapped Zu. “They want us to make nice so we can pretend to work together on our way to Mars.” He shrugged and floated slightly off kilter from Pen’s orientation.
“We’re not supposed to ‘make nice’, we’re supposed to work...”
“Yeah, I know. I was in the same class you were.”
“What was your avatar?”
Zu snorted. “Same as yours, what do you think?”
Pen snorted and flapped her hands experimentally. She floated in the opposite direction of Zu, leaving them with their heads at a ninety-degree angle. “So what are we going to do? The whole station is watching.”
Zu made a face, for a second his obnoxious self-confidence disappearing into worry. Then he said, “I could fart.”
Pen sighed, sympathy for him draining away. “This is a competition even though it’s a competition to see how well we can work together.”
“So I can work together better than you can.”
She blinked at him then reached out and grabbed the front of his shirt, pulling him toward him, “We can fight about it...”
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