We Have Always Lived On Mars - A great short story by Cecil Castellucci, posted over at Tor books. It’s a quick read, but paints a vivid image of what life on an isolated planetary colony with limited resources might be like. There are difficult choices to be made by its inhabitants, and worrisome parallels between their experiences and those of us today on planet Earth, which after all is still an isolated planetary colony itself; at least until we do at last spread our wings to reach other worlds.
Nina, one of the few descendants of human colony on Mars that was abandoned by Earth, is surprised to discover that she can breathe the toxic atmosphere of the Martian surface. The crew, thinking that their attempts at terraforming and breeding for Martian adaptability have finally payed off, rejoice at the prospect of a brighter future. But Nina’s about to unlock the mystery of the disaster that stranded them on Mars… and nothing will ever be the same.
There’s an interesting twist at the end too, read the full story at tor.com.