To Ms. Lauren Kathryn Lavacca, Earth

3rd March 2037

 

How I have missed our high school days, so simple and carefree. It can get awfully lonely here on our Mars colony. I have a growing nostalgia for our beloved Earth, and wish to return soon. My plan is to return after my expedition to orbit around Jupiter. Travel through space has greatly improved since my first expedition to Mars in 2027; it now only takes two days to reach Mars from Earth.

 

In addition to traveling through space in the Geneva

shuttle, I have begun a side project inspired by our favorite novel from high school, Frankenstein. The determination Frankenstein had put into assembling his creature is similar to what I felt during my process. “I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation.” Working from only spare shuttle parts, and in the confinement of my own pod within the colony, I have been constructing a new type of robotic creature. He is about six feet tall and completely metallic, with no facial features but glowing blue eyes. To communicate I have built him an internal speaker. The creature can hover around, and has four movable arms for easy completion of tasks. This robotic creature will be smart enough to perform multiple jobs to help humans all around Earth. Once this creature is successful I will be able to produce more creatures, making life on Earth easier.

 

The last element I added to my creation is a microchip, so I will be able to track wherever it travels around the world. With all of our existing technology I was able to complete my creation in eight months. After studying the novel I have altered my creation in a way that he will be able to speak all languages as an equal, and with compassion. I will be sure to stay in touch. Hope to hear from you soon.

 

Your Friend,

Marisa W.     

 

 

To Ms. Lauren Kathryn Lavacca, Earth

3RD April 2037

 

 

It has been a month since we last communicated and everything is going great! The robotic creature’s first day roving around Mars was a little shaky, but he is very smart and adjusting rapidly. I have decided to take pride in my creation and therefore will be calling him Pioneer.

 

Pioneer has been able to communicate with the other space explorers in the colony, perform tasks for them, and he is even beginning to read on his own. Pioneer’s favorite poem is To a Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley. He recites everyday:

 

                     Teach me half the gladness

                     That thy brain must know,

                     Such harmonious madness

                    From my lips would flow

The world should listen then, as I am listening now.

                            

Pioneer is very independent and is beginning to act more like a human then a robot. He is very compassionate and helpful. The others are taking very well to him.

 

Unlike the creator in Frankenstein, I take full responsibility for my creation and I feel that has made all the difference for the way he acts and is treated by other humans. We are now planning our journey back to Earth, so I can allow Pioneer to adapt to life there, where he will begin helping the human race. If all goes well I will see you in five days.

 

Your closest friend,

M. Wedlock

 

 

 

To Ms. Lauren Kathryn Lavacca, Earth

5th April 2037

 

The past two days have been spent preparing for our journey back to Earth, but such unfortunate events have struck! A series of storms has caused chaos here on Mars and I can’t seem to find Pioneer anywhere! I just hope he is still in one piece. The story of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner keeps running through my mind:

 

And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he

                  Was tyrannous and strong . . .

 

Oh! I forgot about the tracking chip I have placed in Pioneer! It seems as if Pioneer has found his way towards Earth and will be arriving within hours. I have done everything in my power to stay with my creation but it seems as if I, too, cannot control what I have brought to life!

 

The others in the colony cannot weather the storm and are quickly dying. If by some great misfortune I do not make it back to Earth please try to find Pioneer and help him adapt so he may carry on what he was built for . . .

 

“Heavy misfortunes have befallen us, but let us only cling closer to what remains and transfer our love for those whom we have lost to those who yet live.”

 

                  Your Friend,

Marisa Wedlock

 

 

Marisa Wedlock is a sophomore majoring in Advertising. This story was inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.