China is rearing up and preparing for a mission to Mars by 2020. The first steps towards its eventual colonization in the future are being planted today. Who knows what news will be coming from the Red Planet fifty years from now, or a hundred?
In the world of Replica all of this is in the past. The planet has been long-since settled, its inhabitants poor and overworked. The seeds of dissent have been growing for decades. It was only a matter of time before a group like the Free Mars Society rose up, though nobody could have predicted the catastrophic loss of life that would follow.
Read up on the news of China’s proposed missions today. Tomorrow we could be living in a world not too dissimilar to the one Veronica Blake lives within.