The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on MarsWhat would it be like to live on Mars? Find out in The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars, an anthology for middle-school readers created by science fiction writers and a team of engineers at 4Frontiers Corporation.
The stories take place at Bradbury Base, a realistic Mars settlement that is full of surprises for the first kids growing up there. The nine original tales in the book are beautifully illustrated by Michael Carroll whose artwork has flown in space.
Proceeds from sales of the books will support educational projects to promote the human settlement of the space frontier (by the kids who read this book!).
Note that the Crazy4Mars tab above leads to a website with games and a cool animated tour of the Mars settlement featured in the book! (However, that website is not being updated, so look for fresh content and news here!)
Stories in The Callahan Kids Anthology
An introduction ("Meet the Martians") and nine stories are included in The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars. Below are descriptions of the first seven stories which were originally released on the 4Frontiers crazy4Mars website (see tab above), but are now only available through the anthology. (But an animated map of the settlement is still there, and definitely worth a tour!)
Two additional stories, "Is Anyone Listening?" by Jim Denney; and "Dropping the Martian Ball" by Marianne Dyson, are seeing their first publication in the anthology. Additional paintings (and in higher resolution) are included in the book.
After you read these "teasers," we hope you'll want to buy the book! (And help us raise money to feed Apollo, Sputnik, and Little Dipper!)
The Water Thief by Ben Bova
On Mars, water is life and wasting water is strictly forbidden. When the Callahan family is accused of using too much water, Mason and Tregon suspect foul play. Someone is stealing their water... but how far will the boys go to catch the water thief?
The Haunted Airlock by Michael Carroll
The settlers hardly ever use the North Maintenance Airlock. Mason's curiosity is aroused when he spots footprints leading from the hatch towards the power plant, a highly restricted area. Even more surprising... why don't the footprints return?
Fear Above, Terror Below by Jim Denney
While recording a documentary outside Bradbury Base, Mason and Tregon make a shocking discovery, one that could completely change their understanding of Martian history and reality . . .if they live to tell anyone about it!
Martian Mice by Marianne Dyson
A prank goes awry, turning a science experiment into a desperate life-or-death situation. For Mariah, her cat Apollo, and twenty Martian Mice, survival depends upon Mariah trusting the one person she can't easily forgive.
Ghost Story by Brian Enke
Fiction collides with the bitter realities of life on the Martian frontier as Tregon's midnight horror movie takes a serious turn. Join Mason and Mariah as they face their deepest fears, aided by a master storyteller from a bizarre alien planet: Earth.
Fire in the Sky by Tom Hill
Mason and Mariah enjoy a fireworks display of cosmic proportions until a surprise arrival steals the show. They soon discover that on Mars, nature's revenge can be swift and final.
Yo-Yo: The Gift by Rebecca K. Rowe
A Chinese exchange family brings out the best - and worst - in the Mars settlers. Vicious remarks, a priceless painting, and a beautiful puzzle-box launch Mariah and her friends onto a dangerous trail of clues as they uncover a plot that could poison relations with the settlement's nearest neighbors. The future depends upon a gift.
Coming Soon to a Planet Near You
The Callahan kids (and Tregon) have lots more stories to share with their fans on Earth. Two are already written. As soon as we sell enough copies of this anthology to build up some prize money, we're planning to run a contest to illustrate these stories. If you want to see your art in a future book, or you just want to read more great stories, please tell your friends to buy this book!
Also, since you made it all the way to the bottom of this page, you might like to know that 4Frontiersí subsidiary company, NewSpace Center, LLC, is working on plans to build a life-sized version of Bradbury Base here on Earth. Called INTERSPACE, this place will be used by scientists to test new ways of doing things such as growing plants to clean the air inside space modules.
INTERSPACE will also be open to the public as a vacation destination. (Sign me up!) As more people learn how much fun it can be to live on Mars, maybe they will decide to go there for real. Maybe you will be one of them!
Get Your Copy Now!
The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars is now in print! The book includes an introduction, nine original stories, black and white interior art, an activity, Glossary, Author information, Mars map, Recommended Reading, and a Mars versus Earth comparison for only $10.99. To receive a 10 percent discount, enter the following 8-digit code: 488RKZ5V. ORDER PRINTED BOOK.
The ebook includes an introduction, nine original stories, color interior art, a Glossary, and Author information. It's available via Amazon for only $4.99:
Please send any comments about this website to Marianne Dyson. Direct questions about individual stories to their authors (click on the About tab)--or Marianne will forward for you. For information about 4Frontiers Corporation, please visit www.4frontierscorp.com.
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