Once upon a time in the 21st century, scientists established the first colony on Mars...and discovered: Life and Death on the Red Planet...
The small four seater plane, the Mars-Eagle 1, soared lazily across the vermilion Martian skies, and through a thick haze of titian dust, toward Tharsis Volcanic Province. Professor Jerry Jerkowski the lead scientist checked the surface temperature readings. It was a surprisingly hot day on Mars, perhaps the hottest day on record, but it would be even warmer inside the lava tubes; conditions optimal for awakening any dormant Martian life, which is exactly what he was searching for.
Professor Jerkowski gazed off toward the Martian horizon where four savagely massive volcanoes loomed. Dust storms, kicked up by solar radiation, swirled about the jagged cratered surface, creating rivers of haze which clung to the magma encrusted base of the towering volcanoes, giving the entire landscape a foreboding, primeval, almost supernatural quality. Jerkowksi was convinced a catastrophe of cosmic proportions had claimed these lands, destroying what had been a lush, living planet, with oceans and rivers, and intelligent life. Yes, a great cosmic evil had long ago destroyed the cities and civilizations that was Mars leaving behind only stark devastation; of this he was certain! Professor Jerkowski grumbled. He knew his views were considered heresy, even lunacy in the halls of science; but that's why he was on Mars, and they were not. "Let the bastards laugh," he muttered. Today he would prove them wrong!
And so begins the story of life and death on the Red Planet and the adventures of the first colony on Mars, and the scientists who believe Mars was once a living planet, with oceans and rivers which may have long ago harbored complex animals and all manner of life. But did intelligent beings also evolve on the Red Planet and create monumental temples, castles, cities and civilizations which later turned to darkness and dust? And what became of the ocean of Mars and those who may have thrived along its shore? Was the Martian ocean dragged into space after a collision with an Earth-sized planet? Did the Martians die, or escape to another world? Did the cataclysms of Mars effect the evolution of life on Earth? What secrets lay hidden in the sands of Cydonia and beneath the pyramid shaped Diamond Mountain? Is the environment of Mars and a secret technology activating silent genes and turning the children of the Mars Colony into Martians?
And yet, all is not science and adventure. Death stalks the Red Planet and claims those who threaten Mars. The very existence of the Mars Colony is in peril. But all is not lost. There is Martian gold and DNA. Genetic designer super-babies who plot and scheme. A DNA-brain-based technology designed to teach "The Martian Way." Dreams that control the future. Computers that think and talk. Genetic engineering in the garden of Eden. A secret door that leads to the Cathedral of Consciousness and the Hall of Answers. A pyramid which may contain all the knowledge of the universe. And a DNA-based collective consciousness which proclaims: "Childhood's end. The glory which was Mars, shall rise again."
All this and more....