A SOUND -- a cross between a typewriter being hammered and the burst fire of a submachine gun.
The sixth extinction event on this planet is a statistical certainty. Right now, we’re just waiting to be wiped out.
But we don’t have to.
Homo sapiens possess the technology to cheat this certainty.
If we’re prepared to leave.
An interplanetary colony could reach a population of a million by the end of the century with crafts carrying hundreds of colonists at a time.
But first, we would need to know a planet is viable.
First: We need a prototype.
The SOUND carries us to
where characters flick across a screen. Patterns form -- ‘XX:CA:CON’, ‘XY:AS:DEX’ -- before characters scramble to form other patterns. SOUND continues as we pull out to
where under the screen TINY GLASS PHIALS corresponding to the readout are placed by machine into plastic trays -- SCIENTISTS mill around, set full trays aside.
Set in 2024 after the settlement of the first human colony on Mars,
2Q follows colonists Mia Wilkins and Jurgen Vorm preparing for two inbound colonists and the first off-Earth birth. When Candice Reus, the colonist carrying the child, becomes sick, the small group of 4 is thrown into disarray. Each colonist's true intentions for this one-way trip to Mars become blindingly clear as they're increasingly set at odds.