Monday, January 14, 2013

MGOC Contributor Event: Diane Turnshek at Mars Desert Research Station

Many Genres, One Craft contributor Diane Turnshek takes researching her next novel to a whole new world...or as close as possible.

My work in progress is a YA novel set on Mars. In order to research the setting, I took a two week trip to the Mars Desert Research Station in the badlands of Utah. The Mars Society has been operating facilities like this for a decade to study how colonists would adapt to the isolation, rehydrated/dehydrated food, limited water supply, bitter cold and awe-inspiring red vistas. I didn't expect to have so much fun with my teammates, heading outside in spacesuits, off-roading on ATVs and being the subjects of an indy Swiss film. "Do your research!" now has a whole new meaning.

-Diane Turnshek
January 2013

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