The Martian Maphunter

I ran some Spaceship Zero at the HPL Birthday Party gaming convention this past weekend and now I’m making an effort to write the scenario up all nice-nice. It happens on Mars, so I’m trying to figure out exactly where on Mars. The secret human base needs to be in a deep cavern, and I’ve learned that Valles Marineris is a canyon similar to our own Grand Canyon, but ten times as long and seven times as deep and wide. Neat. Then I read about Noctis Labyrinthus, which apart from having a cool sounding name that literally means ‘the labyrinth of night’ looks fantastic.


Here’s a big shot of Mars showing Valles Marineris, which as you can see is ginormous. At the far left of the rift is Noctis Labyrinthus


This is not a photograph. I’m assuming it’s a digital image or a painting or some kind of combo (by Arnaud and Florent Creux of :

But here’s an actual photo from the Viking orbiter


And a fancy artistic rendition by Fahad Sulehria of


One Reply to “The Martian Maphunter”

  1. Apparently the software doesn’t like the apostrophe or the extended dash, so not allowing posting on the Children’s Book entry … but wanted to say that I enjoyed reading it and look forward to future entries.

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