Knowing Mars, a novella


I wrote this novella, Knowing Mars, in the summer and fall of 2007 using elements of an earlier (and muchf worse) story that I wrote in 2002 and 2003. I posted a number of these chapters on the web serially in 2008 as part of a now-dormant fiction journal called "Critical Futures." I'm almost hesitant to post this work now: I've grown so much as a writer, I'm writing different kinds of stories these days, and I fear much of this work lacks the kind of polish and clarity I've been able to manage more recently. But then, in retrospect, isn't that precisely how we're supposed to feel about our early work? So despite my trepidation, I do hope you enjoy this story. If you feel so moved every chapter has a comment thread for your feedback. As always, please feel free to contact me directly. Enjoy!

tycho garen
Philadelphia, PA
May 8, 2010


  1. Introduction (full HTMLplain text)
  2. Eccentrics (full HTMLplain text)
  3. Telepathy (full HTMLplain text)
  4. Transit (full HTMLplain text)
  5. Earth (full HTMLplain text)
  6. Decay (full HTMLplain text)
  7. Escape (full HTMLplain text)
  8. Release (full HTMLplain text)
  9. Calm (full HTMLplain text)
  10. Endgame (full HTMLplain text)