The year 2170 is a pivotal time in human history. After about 150 years of colonization, Mars has grown into a highly advanced technological civilization, due to an unprecedented explosion of young Martian prodigies.
One such prodigy is teenage Alex Wilcox, who invented the all-potent antimatter power source (AMPS) that is responsible for Mars’s terraforming.
She also developed humanoid robots, which are heralded on Mars for pushing forward human evolution. Having finally succeeded in reaching selfsufficiency, Mars’s government now seeks independence from Earth. When Cassandra Wilcox is sent to Earth as Mars’s ambassador, Alex travels along with her mother and their two companions, Rem and Rom, for the chance to see Earth’s wonders with her own eyes, and to investigate a strange commission from Earth for humanoid robots. What the Martian group did not anticipate was how embroiled they would become in Earth’s politics and penchant for violence. Despite this, Alex discovers love and the beauty of nature, inspiring her to challenge the physical and natural boundaries of life itself.
This science-fiction novel is the first book in a series that tells the story of how the evolution of mechanized humans begins, and the consequences of this transformation on the futures of Earth and Mars.
Chat Virapongse was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent his formative years in Melbourne, Australia. The author had a long career practicing neuroradiology, including holding academic positions at Yale University, earning a professorship at the University of Florida at the age of thirty nine. He has published over 60 well-regarded academic papers, and being recognized with awards for his outstanding leadership, service, and teaching in the field. He recently retired to devote himself to writing fiction. The author now lives in Lakeland, Florida with his wife, son, and two dogs. He is an avid cyclist, and also gardens, reads extensively, plays the guitar and piano, writes songs and poetry, and practices photography. His current series of books, Song of the Martian, is about brain digitization, exploring its potential impact on human society and evolution. For more information about his work, see www.chatvirapongse.com.