A Man on Mars?

What’s the first thing someone sees when they discover Figment? YOUR stories! Everyday, five fig-tastic stories get a special 24-hour feature on our homepage. In case you didn’t catch them at first glance, here are the stories on today’s homepage and a little insight behind the daily theme.

NASA’s aptly named Curiosity rover safely landed on Mars on Monday morning. It’s just the next step in the long process to put a man on Mars. “A MAN ON MARS?!” you ask? Well, yes. And President Obama says it should happen within our lifetimes. Today’s homepage stories examine the far-reaching effects of further space exploration. Isn’t it exciting to think that someday, these stories may go from “sci-fi” to “non-fiction?”

No Title Yet by Lily Lovegood

Moz took a deep breath and rolled out of bed. She drew the curtains to avoid having to see the puke-green smog that covered the city like a blanket.

She’s Written In the Stars by Atessa Lynn Johnston

Someday, she hoped to end up beside the stars. The thought of dangling outside of a space shuttle didn’t intimidate her at all; she loved the thought of it.

I Am _______. by Hazel Kingsleigh

I can feel the entire Earth, hurdling through outer space. The weak, feeble speices clinging to their dear lives on the thin, brittle ground, the only thing keeping them from falling into an eternal pit of planets and stars and darkness being gravity, and I can feel it.

Battler by Stella Etoile

Axra lay, breathing hard, on the warm blue ground. Above her, the greenish sky stretched in all directions.

Pitch Black by Leah Levine

“Black holes are a part of space that are so dense, not even light can penetrate through it. Nothing can escape it,” Mr. Foramen whispers to us, with something in his dark eyes I can’t grasp. It’s very unnerving.


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