Friday Fictioneers – Martians

PHOTO PROMPT © Randy Mazie

You probably remember the headlines about bacteria in that sample of Mars rock. Life on other worlds!

You won’t remember, because nobody blabbed, the bacteria were earth-like. Same genetic code, same enzymes. Too earth-like.

Buy me another whiskey and I’ll explain.

We thought contamination, of course. But the sample was four billion years old. Here’s the kicker—life on earth started around three and half billion years.

You put the pieces together. Life on Mars was earth-like. It began before life on Earth. See? Our life originated on Mars. Nothing else fits. They suppressed that.

Another? Thanks. You’re a gentleman.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

62 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Martians

  1. I’ve read theories like that before. We’re all made of space stuff. It’s possible the same stuff accumulated on Mars but didn’t make it. There are so many possibilities. It’s fun to contemplate.

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  2. Strong whisky. What if the bacteria escapes and multiplies on earth, only to take over and reform into intelligent forms. Ones that subdue and wipe out humans. They have been waiting on Mars for so long, now is their chance!


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