Martian Sands is the sci-fi side of Tom Chmielewski and his editorial services company, TEC Publishing. Martian Sands supports writing that takes a creative look, both hopeful and critical, at our future as we rush headlong through the 21st century and into the 22nd.
The site is partly inspired by the 100-Year Starship project, an audacious effort initiated and only partly funded by NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense to launch a century-long investigation and development of the science and technology needed to reach the stars. Whether or not the project succeeds in its ultimate goal, project backers hope the effort will spin off many new technologies and scientific advances during its 100-year voyage of discovery.
While nowhere near as audacious, Martian Sands will use fiction and non-fiction to explore the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead as we move through this century and into the next. Originally intended as a sales and info site for Chmielewski’s novel, Lunar Dust, Martian Sands, (a second novel, Rings of Fire and Ice, is nearing completion) it’s developing into something more, including an online bookstore for novels and short stories that are traveling similar paths in science fiction.
The site’s blog will launch its own 100-year project, not that it will take that long to complete. Instead, the blog will periodically feature interviews of people from a variety of scientific, cultural and even artistic backgrounds giving their own views of what lies ahead at the “dawn of the 22nd century.” Other postings will deal with science fiction writing, science reality and other topics that seem appropriate. And, of course, you are welcome to join in the discussion.
A long-time journalist with work in newspapers, magazines, websites, books and ebooks, Chmielewski is also a longtime fan of science fiction. He was an attendee of the Clarion Science Fiction Writer’s Workshop when it was still at Michigan State University, and recently the Clarion Foundation’s board of directors as treasurer.
Currently a freelancer whose recent work includes science articles for The Atlantic and features for regional magazines, Chmielewski started his own company, TEC Publishing, to launch a regional theater magazine in the ‘90s and to do custom publishing work. He is the co-author of a nonfiction business book, and the designer and publisher of a multimedia e-book now available as an app for the iPad. He has also produced an audio drama, Shalbatana Solstice, prequel to Lunar Dust, Martian Sands. More information about both is available on this site’s Bookstore page.