Author: William Walling
ISBN 978-1-62137-320-9 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-319-3 (Softcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-321-6 (eBook)
An obscure medical researcher develops Bevvinase, the "miracle enzyme" capable of driving carbon dioxide-to oxygen conversion within the organism, a radical innovation that opens the hostile Martian environment to permanent colonization. Decades later, several hundred Burroughs Enclave denizens are teetering on the brink of becoming a "lost colony" when former intelligence officer and alpinist Jesperson, together with his work-partner Barnes, both deported felons, are among the few hundred "Marsrats" - Mars-rationalized, carbon-dioxide-breathing humans - living within the pressurized, roof-shielded crater housing Burroughs in proximity to the long shadow of the immense Olympus Mons shield volcano and its vast aqueduct system, the sole source of essential water. A minor eruption and ensuing quake causes unknown damage to the aqueduct system, and the ﬂow of water abruptly ceases, while at the same time a brewing earthly economic crisis provides a reason for the enclave's former sponsor, giant conglomerate Vonex Corporation, to ofﬁcially hand over absentee governance of the enclave to the United Nations Organization. Struggling against vigorous opposition, with aid from the homeworld unavailable, Jesperson and Barnes lead a semi-suicidal trek to the volcano's heights in a desperate attempt to repair the aqueduct and save the "Marsrats."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Walling, a lifelong Californian, is a former aerospace engineer (Lockheed Missiles & Space Company). He was employed during the Desert Storm conflict by a Menlo Park producer of Flight Motion Simulators, and most recently as technical journalist for a supplier of Global Positioning Systems. Bill and Judy live in the heart of Silicon Valley, and have three daughters, and one grandson. Bill has published three novels which are no longer in print, plus science articles and numerous magazine novelettes and short stories, all of the latter in the speculative fiction genre. He has only recently returned to writing fiction. His hobbies are films, music and astronomy.
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