The First Martian is the story of Zephfram Spears. After first reaching the Moon in 1725, Spears believed it was possible to reach Mars with existing technology if a precise plan could be worked out. He felt the human race needed to expand off the Earth. If it didn't, eventual overpopulation of would assure humanities doom. In the years that followed Spears completed his plan and it turned out to be the small flame that set off a fire storm that eventually lead to the first Mars mission. At the same time there was another man who also felt humanity was doomed. Has plan to change humanity itself into something less independent and more collective. But, in order his plan to work his new human would have to start in a remote location where it had time to grow and procreate without outside interference and Mars would be the perfect place. Unknown to most people, when the first manned voyage to Mars took place in 1761 it would become a small battle ground and depending on the outcome, humanity would ether take its first step in becoming a multi-planet species or it would eventually be driven into extinction by a race only half human.
About the Author: My interest in 19th century science fiction goes back to the late 50's after seeing the movie "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne". During the 70's and 80's, I illustrated fantasy machines that included airships, land steamers, flying machines, submarine steamships, off-world cities, planetary and interstellar spacecraft. In 1986 these drawings created an opportunity for me to work as a Designer in the aerospace industry. In 1994 my drawings caught the attention of the woman who later became my wife. At the suggestion of a close friend I started the Victorian Space Age site. Over the years I posted stories from an Alternate History. Now at the suggestion of visitors the segments will be available as a series of books.