In the late 90s I was talking to my friend Jim¹s dad, who worked directly with NASA as a Meteorologist, through the University of Washington. Years before, I remember looking at photographs, eight feet wide, taken by the Viking Lander, which landed ON Mars in 1975. These were part of their living room, and as a visiting kid, I didn¹t realize how rare this was.
And so twenty years later he gave me a technical paper he¹d written on theory of the peculiar atmospheric double spike in a Martian Day. Two sentences in, I was lost, but fascinated.
Walking up the path towards my house, my eyes fell upon some ripe tomatoes that I had planted in my garden. I stopped and gazed at them for a minute. And the Mars series started.