It is now 2037, and numerous additional colonists have arrived. A variety of wings have been added to the base camp which is now called Olympus. A massive dust storm blocks out the sun for (how many) weeks. Lack of light and power shortages test the sanity and mental toughness of the entire population. Solar power is lost immediately, and a backup nuclear reactor is soon disabled by lightning emanating from the dust clouds. Drastic power conservation measures are ordered. This forces light to be cut off in the plant-growing area, where biologist/geneticist Paul Richardson has been nursing small crops of Mars-evolved wheat. All of his plants die within days in the darkness. Desperately, he preserves one specimen in a lighted box, as he is slowly driven insane. The dust begins to clear and as the sun shines again, Paul has a psychotic break which causes him to open the airlock to the science wing. Paul and six others in the wing die from decompression and the laboratory is destroyed.
Did You Know?
[quoting St. Augustine, 4th century
My memory contains my feelings. Not in the same way as they are present in the mind when it experiences them, but in a quite different way. That is in keeping with the special powers of the memory. For even when I am unhappy I can remember times when I was cheerful. And when I'm cheerful I can remember past unhappiness. I can recall past fears, and yet not feel afraid. And when I remember that once I wanted something, I can do so without wishing to have it ...
Performed by Nick Cave
& Warren Ellis
Written by Nick Cave
& Warren Ellis
Published by Mute Songs Limited
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