Berit Ellingsen’s story is one of three in Rocket Science about a mission to Mars. It didn’t surprise me that the Red Planet proved such a popular location for submissions, but Berit’s story did manage to surprise me in other ways.
Berit Ellingsen is a science journalist and fiction writer whose stories have appeared in many places, including online literary journals Metazen, Coffinmouth and Hyperpulp, and print anthologies Rocket Science, Candle in the Attic Window and Growing Dread. Berit was a runner-up in Beate Sigriddaughter’s Ghost Story Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Rose Metal Press chapbook competition. Her novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence. Her chapbook What Girls Really Think is out from Turtleneck Press. She is currently seeking publication for a collection of short stories. Find out more at beritellingsen.com.
I’m a science journalist and write about all aspects of space science, from robotic exploration to human space missions. To me, space science and the exploration of space is something of the most important that humanity can do, because it gives us a place in the universe, as well as a future.
I also see international cooperation and friendship as vital, not only for science and exploration, but for our survival as a species. When people from different countries and cultures meet, interesting things happen. They discover how different, but also how similar they are. Many of the Dutch, Belgian, German and British people I know like trance music, and I made a joke that that was the kind of music the Europeans would play when an international manned mission lands on Mars. All those elements became ‘Dancing on the Red Planet’. I hope you will enjoy the dance.