Eat Like a Martian -Banana #Beer in #Space #Mars ?

bananas in treeIn my new #scifi #book Born on Mars, a visitor from the European colony tastes banana beer in the Sino-African colony. Not a big part of the story – just a little fun on Mars.

Try it yourself at home:
You’ll need ripe bananas, some wads of grass, water, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (which is also used for grape wine) or the microbe of your choice. Use cloth to filter the final product. On Earth you can add sorghum flour to improve the taste.

Clean your equipment with boiling water, and be sure to wash yourself, too.

Peel ripe bananas by hand. Use only bananas ripe enough to be peeled by BORN Ebook cover 300 dpihand

Extract Juice. Knead the bananas in the grass until clear juice is extracted. The residue will remain in the grass. Recycle that in your garden – settlers need every scrap of organic material available.

Mix 1 cup of water to 3 cups banana juice.

Mix sorghum flour if you have it, to taste. Start with 1 cup flour to 12 cups banana mix. Stir well.

Ferment in a covered container for 18 -24 hours.

Filter. Force the liquid through a cotton cloth bag with your hands.

Enjoy. The beer should be refrigerated and drunk with a few days.Ya gotta survive, but, hey – ya gotta live, too.

More ways to eat like a Martian:
fish supper
mealworm snack
practice on Earth for Mars
Martian colony demonstration

Thanks to gourmetsleuth and howtopedia

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First Cat on #Mars – does #scifi #cat have a name? :\

Harvey posed for the cover of Glory on Mars

Harvey posed for the cover of Glory on Mars

In Glory on Mars, colonists take a cat with them to Mars, and he figures in a pivotal discovery. One reader says, given the title, the cat’s name should be Glory.

The book never mentions the cat’s name.

What is it?

Once a book is published, I think the author is no more an expert

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Original cover – click to see the new cover – better? More science fictiony?

than any reader – maybe less so. The author is burdened with threads that didn’t work and abandoned versions that were changed – while the reader knows the story.

So perhaps readers should decide – what’s the cat’s name? I could add his name to the next edition.

Update: Readers really don’t like the cat not having a name. This surprises me – I’ve personally owned “lone cats” who never had a name beyond “The Cat” and they didn’t seem to mind. My current tabby – the model for my cover – is convinced he’s the only cat that matters even though I have a second cat! (And had a third until recently.)

The cat in my story plays an important role at one point – he offers a clue to survival – but is not a main character. He’s a real cat – no magic. Just a cat. That’s always been enough for any act I lived with. What do you think?

glory-ebook-267x400UPDATE: For 2017 I’ve put out a new book cover for Glory on Mars. It’s more science-fiction-y (I hope) and less quirky. So Harvey can retire from his modeling career – but to tell you the truth, he doesn’t seem to care much.

UPDATE AGAIN: I jazzed up the cover a bit more. Take a look.

Will a #Mars Colony Survive? :O #scifi #Amazon #book

Yee ha 🙂 My latest science fiction novel’s available – second in the On Mars series started by Glory on Mars. The Artificial Intelligence has grown up a bit, but the settlers  are in trouble.

It’s bad luck to be born on Mars.BORN Ebook cover 300 dpi

Welcome to the second book of the On Mars series, a story of our near-future. Journey with Jake, born in the first Martian colony, as he seeks help from the only other humans on Mars. But Earthers are as dangerous as the hostile planet.

The colonists need resources – metals and minerals – to survive, but their prospecting efforts have failed. A second generation Mars-born, Jake’s lucky to avoid the sicknesses that plague the settlement, but refuses to father any children in the doomed colony. He joins a team to explore beyond the Tharsis Plain, but his first trip ends in near-disaster.

Half a planet away, new-comers from Earth start a second colony, but refuse all attempts at communication. Jake, with his friend Martha, plots a way to contact them and perhaps find help for his family and friends. He continues to prospect despite the risk on Mars’ hostile surface, and waits for the enigmatic Sino-African colony to respond. But greater dangers await if they do.

Read this book to discover if humans can claim Mars as home.

#Marijuana in #Space – should we take #weed with us?

Cannabis_PlantIn my #scifi book Glory on Mars, settlers take cannabis seeds with them. It’s not a big part of the story, but at one point they need something to perk up their appetites and sooth despair – these are permanent settlers, not astronauts. I’m no expert on pot – should they grow it in a Mars colony? What strain should they take? BTW – I don’t let them smoke. I’m a volunteer firefighter – smoke is bad.

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Do Spare Parts Doom a #Colony on #Mars? :( Or can we print our way to success? #MarsSurvivalTips

NASA concept of a Mars colony

NASA concept of a Mars colony

In my #scifi books, Glory on Mars and Born on Mars, settlers have fancy 3D printers called fabricators, using lasers to sinter together almost anything. Giant robotic fabricators build their habitats while precision lab fabricators use metal foils to slowly construct any part they need. Lasers can even manipulate molecules or atoms, so they can make any crystal they want. But that’s science fiction.

One of MIT’s objections to the Mars-One plan for a permanent colony on the red planet is spare parts. As time goes on, spare parts for a growing colony would exceed the room in any plausible sized spacecraft.

Will 3D printing save the day?

NASA is working on this in the International Space Station – a way to make many different spare parts, as needed, from one source of material.

But we Earth-bound humans use a lot of different materials. My town’s recycling instructions list seven types of plastic, aluminum, steel, and glass. And what’s in the light bulbs and electronics I have to handle separately?

High-end industrial printers sinter parts from certain metal and plastic powders, but there are a lot of materials that can’t be printed. And 3D printers can’t easily mix materials in one print job. Printing a hammer is easy, but parts that will move must be printed separately and assembled. Also, the parts aren’t as strong because of weakness between the layers.

On the plus side, while 3D printing looks expensive compared to traditional manufacturing, it looks pretty good compared to sending spacecraft to Mars.

If you’re a colonist on Mars you’ll live in a bubble of earthly environment, and if that bubble pops you’re dead in five minutes. Spare parts will be life-and-death items. The technology I sent to Mars in my books is still in the real-world’s future.

See more about Mars-One and the debate with MIT students.

Eat Like a Martian – How to Make a Mealworm Snack :) #Mars #scifi #science #space #recipe #entomophagy

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Oops – oil and bok choy here – not on the scifi Mars mission

In my science fiction book, Glory on Mars, settlers raise their own food. What would you take on a one-way journey to Mars?

You’d bring enough dried, compressed, packaged food to survive for a while, but living on Mars means growing your own.

Protein and Fat
Even on Earth, some people question the sense of raising large animals for food. There will be no cattle, pigs, or chickens on Mars – think of the mess on the spaceship to transport them! Not to mention having to grow hay or corn to feed them before they become food for people.

But insects – there’s an idea. Easy to transport – the eggs can probably be frozen. There are many places on Earth where people already enjoy insects, and maybe that’s what settlers should take to Mars.

How about mealworms? The name says it all. Just share your potato crop with them.

Here’s a recipe:

Mealworms for Snacking (Protein and Fat)
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Collect mealworms (Darkling beetle larvae) of good size and vigor in a container with a breathable lid. Add parsley or other herb to the container – as they eat the herb, it flavors them – so I’m told.

~ After two days, remove all food so the worms can – yuck – purge anything nasty from their bodies. Remove any dead worms. Feed those to the fish you need for supper.

~ Humanely dispatch your worms by freezing them for two days.

Boil the frozen worms for 3 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Recycle the used water in your garden.

Toast worms in a pan over low heat until golden brown.

Serve warm.

Thanks to groundtoground for inspiration. The recipe sauteing mealworms with chili peppers and garlic in butter sounds great, too, but that will have to wait for future missions to Mars.

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Original cover – click to see the new cover – better?

Totally Earthbound Note: High-school student discovers bacteria that enables mealworms to digest Styrofoam.

Mealworms can apparently subsist on a diet of foamed polystyrene, better known as Styrofoam. There won’t be much of that on Mars – though here’s a great way to recycle whatever there is – but could this help with recycling onEarth? csmonitor

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More ways to Eat Like a Martian:
fish supper
cassava
practice for Mars on Earth
Banana beer from Born on Mars
Liz, in Glory on Mars, tries to make bhang, though she doesn’t have all the ingredients.

And NASA is trying potatoes.

How to Eat Like a Martian – What Pioneering Will Be Like – Fish Supper #scifi #Mars #space #recipe

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Oops – where’d that rice come from? My colonists don’t have any. Recipes below.

The first colonists on Mars take a one-way trip – is that a mistake?

While we wait for the answer – what’s for supper?
My new science fiction book, Glory on Mars, explores what life will be like on the red planet. There’s exploration and danger. There’s also supper – recipes below.

I give my first settlers cylinders of macronutrients they can extrude through a 3-D printer into shapes for variety, but that’s not very satisfying and the supply is limited. Vitamin pills are relatively lightweight, but I don’t think our Martian cousins should depend on Earth shipping them pills forever.

If they don’t want to starve, Martians will grow their own food – and if they don’t want scurvy, pellagra, and rickets to make a comeback, that food needs to be healthful.

Ya gotta eat to live, but food must provide pleasure and comfort. Will you go vegan? Here’s another vote for potatoes.

What to grow on Mars
For protein I give my first settlers tilapia – an easily farmed, mild white fish – and mealworms. Also seeds and starter plants – potatoes, tomatoes, squash, salad greens, and herbs. Chives, thyme, lovage (which tastes like celery), and parsley seem essential to me.

What herbs would you take to Mars?

Imagine you spent a long hard day replacing gaskets and filters in the recycling system. You’ve worked in cramped quarters, your back aches, and you’re hungry. Grumpy-hungry.

Fortunately, one of your teammates has cooked supper. Here’s what you sit down to.

Supper for Four Settlers
Poached Tilapia (Protein
)
~ 4 tilapia fillets
~ Chopped parsley – lots
~ 4 tomatoes – sliced or diced as you prefer
~ Salt (You know, salt’s another thing to worry about on Mars. Especially once children are born and the population grows, you can’t rely on recycling human waste – get over the yuck reaction ’cause it’s gotta happen – to harvest enough salt.)

Arrange fillets in a baking dish. Sprinkle with parsley. Cover with tomatoes. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the dish. Cover baking dish.

Bake or microwave until fish is opaque and flaky. Check and add more water if it boils away in the cooking. Serve with salt and more parsley to taste.

Actually, since you were grumpy-hungry, maybe you should double that recipe. And – salt. You brought a supply, of course. But you’ll need more as the colony grows – hope you find a deposit.

Thanks allrecipes for the idea. Sorry – no lemon or oil on Mars yet.

Nuked Potatoes (Calories)
~ 4 large or 8 small potatoes
~ Chopped herbs

Prick potato skins all over. Microwave until done – fork tines will slide easily into the center. (You remembered to bring forks from Earth, didn’t you?)  Serve with a choice of herbs – I like chives and thyme. Some potato varieties are a bit dry, so mash in water and wish you had milk.

Salad (Vitamins)
Wash and dry a selection of greens and herbs. Serve raw. And plain. Sorry, no salad dressing yet on Mars.

Look here for a tasty snack of mealworms.

Would that leave you happy and content? What herbs do you think are vital to cooking?

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More ways to eat like a Martian:
mealworm snack
cassava
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.

And NASA is also trying potatoes.