Happy Discovery Day to Discoverer of Saturn’s Moon Titan

Christiaan Huygens

Congratulations

On March 25, 1655, Saturn’s moon Titan was discovered by the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens. Titan is the largest moon of Saturn and it was the first of 62 moons to be found orbiting Saturn. space.com

Titan is a fascinating moon. It is the only body aside from Earth with a thick atmosphere and liquid lakes or seas on its surface.

The atmosphere is nearly all nitrogen with some hydrocarbons, and the liquid is methane and ethane, so Titan isn’t very hospitable. With gravity similar to our own Moon, any human visitor would have to worry about bones and muscles wasting away, too. But between a thick atmosphere and Saturn’s expansive magnetic field, cosmic radiation would be less of a worry than on Mars. Besides, who can resist this possibility:

The very high ratio of atmospheric density to surface gravity also greatly reduces the wingspan needed for an aircraft to maintain lift, so much so that a human would be able to strap on wings and easily fly through Titan’s atmosphere while wearing a sort of spacesuit that could be manufactured with today’s technology. wikipedia

surface of Saturn's moon Titan

From the Huygens lander

The surface isn’t very pretty, as our first image from a lander shows. And while Saturn would be an amazing sight to see, filling the sky, it may be blotted out by haze and clouds.

Still… what do you think? Good place for a science fiction colony? I’m considering that for my next book. Why would anyone in their right mind want to colonize Titan? Maybe I’ll figure out a reason.

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Colony on Mars – Someday Real Martian Settlers Will Tell Stories Like These – the complete series #Mars #scifi #sciencefiction #ebook #series

Scifi Mars Colony - Kate RaunerThe Box Set of Colony on Mars is now available at Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, and Smashwords. All five books from the first colony on Mars for hours of reading pleasure at a value price.

Look for the set on Baker & Taylor/Follett, cloudLibrary, Gardners, and Odilo this coming week.

I had a little trouble with the Table of Contents on Smashwords, so those of you who’ve already downloaded the set, if your Table of Contents has some dead links, go back and download the updated version. Sorry about that. It’s always something!

Colony on Mars - scifi by Kate RaunerOf course, if you prefer Amazon, the Box Set is there too, with a special Amazon cover.

From NASA to Mars One, real-life visionaries will send settlers to Mars. Go today in science fiction. Start with a fragile foothold and read on into the future. From the first twelve colonists struggling with a strange illness through the generations, follow one settler in each book as they face danger and build a life on Mars.

Want to Go to Mars? Why Wait? Take a Scifi Trip! Affordable Gigantic Set of 5 Books Will Make You Happy #scifi #series #top10 percent

Scifi Mars Colony - Kate RaunerYee ha! Colony on Mars Box Set – my complete 5 book series – has debuted on Amazon in top 10% of it’s science fiction category.

Go to the Box Set on AmazonΒ or other favorite online stores. The set and the individual eBooks and paperbacks, are available today on Amazon and will be popping up everywhere else over the week.

Or, search for my name, Kate Rauner, or Colony on Mars on other platforms and favorite stores. Value priced for hours of reading pleasure on Mars – you’ll save even if you already bought one of the books at the regular ebook price πŸ™‚

Scifi Mars Colony - Kate RaunerThe Amazon cover is above and the cover at other favorite online stores is below. Here’s the link to Smashwords, but the set should be appearing on B&N, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other stores this week. If you can wait πŸ™‚

Available in Kindle and other eBook formats. Here’s what you get:

From NASA to Mars One, real-life visionaries plan to send settlers to Mars. Go today in science fiction, starting with a fragile foothold and reading on into the future. From the first twelve colonists struggling with a strange illness through the generations, follow one settler in each book as they face danger and build a life on Mars.

Glory on Mars – Emma wants to explore in her robotic walkabout suit, but something is terribly wrong as a strange illness threatens the settlement’s future.

Born on Mars – Jake didn’t ask to be born on Mars, into a failing colony. Perhaps he can save his friends and family by contacting new arrivals, but an earthly rival sent them, and they’re half a planet away.

Hermit on Mars – Sig’s life is falling apart when his mother calls for help. She lives with prospectors in the Tartarus Mountains, and the mysterious hermit no longer ensures their survival.

Water on Mars – Bliss thinks this is the best time to be Marsborn. She leaves her tiny burg behind for the biggest city on the planet, but her new boss is crazy, and threats inside and outside of the colony menace her plans.

Storm on Mars – Zeker joins the elite Tower Guilds to change Mars. But his neuroplasticity treatments may have failed, leaving his own impulses as his biggest challenge. Thrown out of the Towers, Zeker lands in a lawless burg filled with desperate people. Farther from his goals than ever, he must find a way back to the Towers, because more than his project is in peril.

Christmas is Practically Here – eBooks are Greatest Last Minute Gift Bargains #ebook #book #giftideas

Join a near-future colony on Mars - AMazon and all major online storesTwas the night before Christmas –
Thought my shopping was done,
Till I sprang from the couch.
I’d forgotten someone!

No worries. Send an ebook at the speed of light – an affordable last minute gift.
Glory on Mars, Colonization Book 1: Emma wants to explore and build a new home, but something is terribly wrong on Mars. At Amazon or your favorite store. Read a preview on Amazon.

Someday soon you’ll be reading real-live tales of a colony on Mars. Until then, travel with science fiction. Each book in my On Mars series is a stand-alone story, so start anywhere. Hours of reading fun for teens and adults.

A book’s faster than eagles
On its internet flight.
Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good night.

Winter Solstice for Us Northerners – Longest Night of the Year #wintersolstice #solstice #solstice2017

Kate Rauner's On Mars series - Amazon and all major online storesSince our ancestors first noticed the longest night, we’ve celebrated winter solstice. Holidays from many traditions cluster around “midwinter.” I’ll be at a party tonight – food, wine, friends, and a candle-lit labyrinth. Best wishes to you and yours.

Story on Mars Continues #Mars #book #sciencefiction #series #amwriting #scifi

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Coming soon!

The Mars colony has survived for generations, settling into a comfortable existence that depends on an Artificial Intelligence and its many robots. Life is good enough, though Zeker discovers a dark and dangerous corner of the colony. He came to the Tower guilds to pursue his dream, but that seems farther out of reach than ever. Maybe his neuroplasticity treatments failed him.

I’ve been distracted from blogging as I scramble to

Join Mars Colony - Kate Rauner

People didn’t like the helmet – how’s this?

finish my latest On Mars novel, but I’m receiving beta readers’ comments now and plan to swing into a final edit shortly. Subscribe now and I’ll let you know when Storm on Mars is available and send a coupon for a free download of the ebook edition. BTW – what do you think of the draft cover and title? Please let me know in the comments below.

In the meantime, catch up with the Mars colony. The books are available on Amazon, Apple iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and your favorite online store:

Glory on Mars – Emma joins the first twelve settlers in a struggle to Join Mars colony - Kate Raunersurvive.
Born on Mars – Jake’s born into a failing colony, but new arrivals bring hope and danger.
Hermit on Mars – Sig’s life is falling apart, but maybe he can save his mother and the breakaway prospectors she’s joined.
Water on Mars – Bliss thinks it’s the best time to be Marsborn, even if her new boss is crazy and threats from Mars and Earth surround her.

Let’s keep in touch. Subscribe today and you’ll receive an occasional short story along with book offers.

Podcast Crammed with Science Fiction & Fantasy, Delightful Shorts, & I’m Thrilled to be Featured #podcast #scifi #listening #today

Science Ficiton and Fantasy PodcastYou’ll find short science fiction and fantasy stories on the 600 Second Saga podcast and I’m thrilled to be their Featured Author, for the first time, for August. That means, in addition to listening to loads of flash fiction for free, if you sign up to support the podcast, you’ll get my latest collection of short reads as a thank you.

But hurry – August 2017 won’t last forever.

Short Reads in Scifi and Fantasy :)Check out podcasts of two of my stories now, and escape the real world every week with a new 10 minute story of scifi or fantasy. Or choose from the extensive library. Lots of stories and lots of ways to listen. Perfect for a break or a binge.

Thanks to the podcast’s creator Mariah Avix who also handles the audio and production, and writes some of the stories. And thanks to our listeners and supporters.

Find me on 600 Second Sagas, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other major online retailers. You’ll find my paperbacks at Create Space and all major digital formats for my ebooks at Smashwords. Read one today.

Now, before you forget, get yourself over to 600 Second Saga for a treat and support this wonderful podcast.