"Alice loved staring at the stars as a child. She would gaze up at them and memorized all the constellations. 'Wouldn't it be exciting to see if any beings are out there?' she often thought to herself. She would watch the old sci-fi movies produced in the past, 300 years ago; and was always disappointed that the monsters were always depicted as wanting to destroy humans. As Alice grew older and attended the University of Arizona, she studied psychology and astronomy. By now she had married too soon and divorced nine months later. When the space program listing came calling for more workers on the Moon, she applied. Soon her love affair of two years with the manager of Moon Minerals, Inc. quickly faded and with no commitment, at the age of 32, she decided to move on.
One day Alice saw another notice about joining the Mars Station civilian work force. After receiving approval from the planet's base, she packed her bags and her rescue cat, Frederick, to head for the Moon's shuttle terminal. On board the Mars Shuttle, Alice was assigned to a few work details involving maintenance and cooking in the galley, as everyone had to....."