Friday, March 6, 2015

BNG FRIDAY: Helen of Mars by George Ebey

Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professions. All revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.

Today, I'm spotlighting one of the stories that will be featured in the anthology.


Helen of Mars


George Ebey


Helen's father hoped to find his fortune by sending a robotic rover, controlled from Earth, to
mine Mars for precious ores. After the machine is attacked by the Marauders - ruthless rover pirates that steal the caches of others - her family stands on the brink of ruin. But Helen has never met a machine she couldn’t fix, even one that’s fifty million miles away. Though saving the rover - and her family - will take every trick she knows, she's more than ready for the challenge. And she's determined to teach the Marauders how to play fair - a lesson taught at the tip of a miner’s drill. 


Helen couldn't have been a more perfect protagonist for a Brave New Girls story, with her brainy determination and unshakable spirit. I also love the idea of commercialized Mars rovers - the whole concept had me hooked.


George Ebey got his start by taking his once-vast collection of action figures on epic journeys though countless lands full of exotic wonders and hidden dangers. Today, his action figure collection is much smaller, though several still stand guard on his writing desk, ready to take up arms and march into the fray at a moment’s notice. George was born and raised in Ohio, where he still lives with his wife and
an ornery cat named Ollie. When he’s not writing or playing with his action figures, he enjoys being outdoors, studying history, and searching for new and interesting places to explore.

"In a perfect world, the problem of gender inequality wouldn’t exist. I hope that Brave New Girls will help bring us one step closer to that world."

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