More Information on "Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson
Martian Time Web Site
Mars Pathfinder Web Site
Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bantam, 1992.
A permanent human presence on Mars would require the use of a new
Martian calendar based on the length of the Martian year rather than
duration of the Earth year.
A good fictional book about Mars colonization is Red Mars, winner
of science fiction's coveted Hugo Award in 1993. Throughout Robinson
uses the 40-minute time slip as a "festival time," a kind of daily
Mardi Gras when people can let their hair down. It can also be a
time of mayhem - a major character is assassinated during the time
slip, for example. Robinson borrowed the time slip concept from
another author, Phillip K. Dick, who originated it in his novel
Martian Time-Slip in 1964.
The Pathfinder/Viking system of consecutive numbering will likely
be used by explorers on Mars, but it will have to be replaced when
colonists arrive to live permanently on the planet. There are many
martian calendar systems to choose from. These are described at the
Martian Time Web Site see Sources, above.
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