The Mars Series looks like extending to six books. Amazingly it began as a short story. This is how it happened: one evening in mid 2007 I was invited out to dinner at Peppers Restaurant in Nairobi by my daughter and her family and other friends. I cannot remember how the conversation led to the topic of the planet Mars, but during the meal I was talking to my granddaughters about Mars. Their school friend said jokingly that she herself was from Mars, and I said that one day I would go there to see her. That is how the story was born.