With Roger’s regular site still down, we’re presenting his weekly report from space here.

Samantha has extensive experience with merfolk, due to her close friendship with Remora. In fact, many of her advances in genetics came when she was transformed into a mermaid herself, and she desperately needed to restore her original code. Later on, she occasionally returned to that aquatic form to visit the merfolk undersea Capitol and act as a representative of humanity.
Human culture is still unaware that there’s a mermaid on board the Mars expedition; in all the publicity pictures Remora is in her human mode. The merfolk culture knows, of course, and is following our progress intently. In addition to being mankind’s greatest adventure, it’s also the most extensive cooperation between humans and merfolk in history.
(Besides the marriage of Thomas and Remora and the birth of their son Marlon, that is.)


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