if to respond to the Martian colonist's final message, the
remaining space agencies combined to send a team of fifteen
on their second attempt. The pressure was on after the first
colonist's abandonment had led to his madness and despair.
The mistakes of the past would be overcome. Hero pioneers
for the starving millions on Earth, they would be supplied
and supported. The Brave Fifteen would be considered the first
real colonization effort, and the other colonist's tale would
become no more than a footnote.
arrived, and were actually engaged in the work of building
a colony, tensions natural to such a group began to surface.
Phil mistakenly thought of himself as a captain, Compra's
reclusive tendencies became exacerbated, and Jess resented
every moment away from examining the Martian geology. Karlo's
reticence became silence, Megumi's obsessive nature focused
on resonance equipment, and Isaiah's memories of his upbringing
led him back to his religion. They were trained, so they knew
how to work together despite their different perspectives
on the mission. They built a habitat and made long-term survival
the supply ship failed to arrive a year later did they begin
to question both their purpose and wonder if the Earth had
forgotten them. Dismayed and terrified, their earlier efforts
were seen anew as the play-acting that they were. Even as
their relationships began to fray, they had to survive with
what they had: their willingness to leap into the dark, their
scientific training, and once the food ran out, the resourcefulness
which arose from desperation.