Dr Proctor got as close to living on Mars as anyone can today. She served on a Mars-simulation mission as an analogue astronaut, and her special mission included food.
Food is vital for survival of course, but also provides pleasure and comfort. Even a mission that returns the astronauts to Earth will be long, sometimes terrifying, and sometimes tedious. What cup of tea would you want to curl up with at the end of the day? What flavors would you want to mash into your evening potato? What herbs would you grow in the settlement’s gardens?
Sometimes the lovely embedded video gets lost – if you don’t see it above, this is the You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Fvc3vSa0s&feature=youtu.be
Cooking for Mars is a fascinating topic. Test out some recipes from my scifi Mars colony here.
The 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!
Of 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.
Here’s wishing you a safe and prosperous 2016. Thanks for the reads, the likes, and the comments. I love hearing from you.
For your New Year’s Day feast, eat like a Martian:
practice for Mars on Earth
Banana beer from Born on Mars
And Liz, in Glory on Mars, tries to make bhang, though she doesn’t have all the ingredients.
In my book Glory on Mars, Martian colonists grow their own food – including mealworms, which have as much protein as beef. So I was pleased to discover you can try this yourself at home.
Harvest enough mealworms to replace traditional meat in four or five dishes – right on your desk or countertop… fry them up or mix them into soup, smoothies, or bug-filled burgers.
Click to see the new cover. What do you think? More science fiction-y?
Fried mealworms are a treat for colonists in science fiction, and they need a treat, because taking a one-way trip to Mars may be a mistake. Read all five books in the series.
Interested in the worms? Check out livinfarms. Thanks to fastcoexist for the tip.
More ways to eat like a Martian:
Martian colony demonstration