Racing against time, Jade and her friends must hide evidence of Life on Mars to stop the probes from Earth finding them
Jade is on her way to meet up with her dad, Elvis, for her sixteen-millionth birthday (tortles live a long time in spite of the harsh conditions on Mars), when she gets side-tracked by a strange object that appears to have fallen from the sky. Elvis’ travelling companion Starkwood, an electrostatic plant, is hearing voices, claiming that “The Vikings Are Coming”, while their football-pitch-sized flying friend Fionix confirms the rumour: the Earth has sent two craft to look for life on Mars.
It then becomes a race against time to hide any evidence of such life before Earth destroys it for good. Can Jade and her friends succeed, with help from a Lung Whale, a liquid horse, some flying cats, the Hellas Angels, the Pyrites and a couple of House Martins from the South of France? Oh, and a quantum tunnelling worm – all while avoiding Zombie Vegetables and trouble with a Gravity Artist and the Physics Police?! A gentle and lightly humorous science fantasy adventure.
Life on Mars is fantasy on steroids. Instead of swords and magic potions, we have the “magic” science of quantum physics and relativity theory, channeled through what feels like a hallucinogenic dream. My favourite character is a quantum-tunneling worm, but the author’s fevered imagination provides us with a menagerie of almost equally bizarre creatures, on a mission to save the world — their world, that is, not ours. Suspend disbelief, strap in for the ride, and enjoy. – John Gribbin Scientist, science writer and author of In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality
Life on Mars: The Vikings are coming, was published in eBook format on 12th August 2022 and in paperback on 12th September 2022.