What would we do if given a fresh planetary start? Who would the colonizers be and what kind of society would they try to create? What sort of contact would they have with people back on Earth? How would environmental constraints shape their way of life? What political system would emerge on the Red Planet? What cultural pursuits? Would the landscape of Mars crush the human spirit or amplify it? What pressures would the colonizers face from their sponsors back on Earth, assuming they had any? Would some people fare better than others on Mars? Would it become a penal colony, a vacation spot, a refuge for outcasts, or a destination for eccentrics, adventurers or mad scientists?