Concepts I Will Not Use

In today’s entry in this series, the reality show that is basically a cross between Scrapheap Challenge/Junkyard Wars and Survivor: Mars, made possible in the science-fiction future by the wonders of noetic backups:

In which we dump our hapless contestants onto a raw eutalentic-class (Mars-like) planet with a vacuum suit each, a week’s worth of consumables, and a big ol’ pile of random parts. They get picked up in one local year… if they win.

(The reason, of course, I will not be writing anything to do with this is because we’re right between The Martian, the book, and The Martian, the movie, and even all other considerations aside it would be downright impossible to avoid recycling some ideas from one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I don’t want to be doing that.

But still: it would be a hell of a good show!)