Decades after an ecological disaster destroyed all life on Earth and forced the last few remnants of Humanity into an ailing space station, twenty brave souls take one last trip to mars in hopes of resurrecting an aborted terraforming experiment from years past. Arriving after six months, they find the planet abandoned, but are startled to find the world has turned into an Edenic paradise. As they begin preparations to receive the rest of Mankind, they soon discover the missing colonists who came here fifteen years earlier never actually left.
And neither will they.
They Dreamed of Poppies is a novelette about the dangers of genetic experimentation, human extinction, and space exploration. Appropriate for readers of all ages.