"The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
About Free Mars!
Free Mars! is where we can have some fun and philosophize as well as promoting the exploration and settlement of that planet. In the TV series "Babylon 5" (1993-1998) Free Mars was the small but valiant rebel force on that planet struggling against the tyranny of the corrupt Earth Gov. But J. M. Straczynski was far from the first to portray this battle. The "Free Mars" image next to this paragraph is a small bit from A.C. Farley's cover art for the Baen paperback printing of the Jerry Pournelle novel "Birth of Fire" (1976). In the Schwarzenegger movie "Total Recall" (1990) protesters lurk in the background holding signs demanding "A Free Mars". And so on.
MN SFS is a chapter not only of NSS but, we have also become a chapter of the Mars Society. We resolute few here at MN SFS have been struggling for twenty years with an apathetic and jaded public, a penny wise and pound foolish Federal Government with an actively hostile anti-space state delegation to Congress. With the State Gov reflecting their views we can readily sympathize with those fictional rebels of the future. So, with right fists raised to the skies we shout "Free Mars!".
dlb & rab