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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon I'll bet you thought I forgot about Benjamin's broken wrist! Nope; it was just waiting until we got to this point in the story (which is only a few hours after Our Heroes arrived on Mars).

Having a first aid kit that is exuded from your tabletop via nanotechnology would be pretty useful. The first step towards such a device is Challenge Six in the "Nine Grand Challenges" of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative.

We were introduced to Martian radio-talk by Fabula and Syuzhet at the beginning of this chapter. Face it. If mothers could remind their children of their manners via a silent communications method, they would.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs It is considered almost unspeakably rude in Martian culture not to offer to mend somebody's broken bones after you push them out of a spaceship. It's true!

One will note that the radio-talking effect used to be more complicated. There's a very good reason why the text boxes don't have those little doodads on them any more: it took for-freaking-ever to do. I may go back and take another look at it sometime.

Caprice's mother Xia Quevillion is a really fun character to draw; she's so poised and self-assured. I did realize after designing her, though, that her outfit isn't very original. In fact, she's dressed almost exactly like a certain pair of comic book characters. Who are they? Write in if you know the answer! (Hint: These two characters appear every month in a nationally-circulated magazine.)