What Classifies Another Human as an “Other”?

Exploring misinformation and prejudice in “Mars Awakens” by H.M. Waugh

Sandi Parsons
Flint and Steel

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In the Davinci colony, resources are scarce. Survival and terraforming are the highest priorities. The Davincians are waiting for Phase 2 — essential supplies from Earth.

In the meantime, they reuse everything that might be useful.

“Aram, however, has another theory entirely. ‘I bet you this needle is from Tiu. She always hated me.’
‘She hated everyone. Besides, Tui only died …’
Dee stops and looks away. Tui died almost two orbits ago, which is perfect timing for this brand-new bone needle.” — Page 3, Mars Awakens.

It’s not only resources that are scarce at Davinci. Y’s, the Davinci term for males, are extremely rare. Y’s spend their lives in the tunnels, protected and guarded by their Futurekeepers.

While out gardening, Dee spots a plummeting blaze in the sky. Something that deploys a parachute — could it be Phase 2? Dee sets out to investigate. Instead of Phase 2, she finds a crash site and discovers a pilot. A pilot, not from Earth but from Newton, another Mars colony.

To Dee, Holt is a precious commodity. An unregistered Y that needs to be protected at all costs. But to Holt, Dee is an Other.

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Sandi Parsons
Flint and Steel

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.