Mission to "Mars"


In January 2010 I spent two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station, a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert. Although the Martian conditions were simulated, the science was real, as were the isolation, hostile environment, and problems faced by the six-person crew. Although my official title was Crew Journalist, I soon found myself repairing space suits, helping to keep the habitat running, and having interplanetary adventures I’d never before imagined.

David D. Levine

Affiliation Science fiction writer
Website http://www.bentopress.com/sf/

My name is David D. Levine and I’m a science fiction writer. I’ve sold over 40 short stories to all the major markets, including Asimov’s and Analog, and I’ve won a Hugo Award, been nominated for the Nebula, and won or been shortlisted for many other awards as well as appearing in numerous Year’s Best anthologies. I retired in 2007 after a 25-year career as a technical writer, software engineer, and user interface designer for Tektronix, Intel, and McAfee and now spend my days writing, traveling, and getting into trouble.