Trish “Trash” Nupindju is a talented young hoverderby player on Mars 200 years in the future. She wants desperately to go pro because it seems like the only way to escape a future of poverty and hard labor on her family’s moisture farm in Candor Chasma. But she knows even if she could make the team, she’s too young to get a contract, and her family is going broke faster than her escape velocity.
And then a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep…
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Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars is the story of a 7-and-a-half year old girl on Mars (that’s 15 in Earth years). Like most Martys, she and her family struggle to survive. There’s no water to speak of on Mars, despite Earth astronomers’ predictions, something no one can explain. Everyone is up to their necks in debt to Arex (“We Are the Air You Breathe”) ever since their forerunners shipped over from Earth as indentured servants to escape the Meltdown on Earth. And if you can’t pay your debt with oras on Mars, Arex has got a berth for you, mining some godforsaken asteroid. It’s not a death sentence, but if you die out there, Arex will generously erase your personal debt. If you just lose your mind, well, that’s on you.
Trish’s Tío Robo is a moisture farmer out in the Candor Chasma, and her Tía Selima is a botanist. Her parents…they’ve been missing more than an (Earth) year, since just after they reported spotting some Martian natives on their last anthropological research mission.
The long and the short of it is: Life on Mars. Not great. What is great? Hover derby. Trish has every intention of becoming a top jammer and making it onto the Boreale Bombers. It’s not a ticket off Mars (there’s no such thing) but at least in Boreale you don’t have to wear a radsuit all day.
I write and draw the book, with extensive assistance on layouts, design, and backgrounds, from Lydia Roberts, and color by Walter. Check out my Trish Trash research and ephemera Tumblr, rollerderby + mars, and like the Trish Trash Facebook page. Check out my collaborator Lydia Roberts’ site here: Lydia Robotica.