"There are also moments of tenderness and hints of romance. The women have chips implanted to prevent pregnancy unless they chose to deactivate them.There is no sex described, but embryos have been transported to mars that can be used when it is time to begin populating the colony with children." Farrel. D. Hobbs
From the Author
I couldn't ignore this opportunity to take science fiction to Mars - to the real Mars we know more about every day. I'm fascinated - what will it be like to be the first colonists? Why do they go? Given the shrinking concentration span of the media and popular culture, what will happen when Earth stops supporting the colony? Even the groups planning one-way missions don't seem to talk much about the long-term - how will a colony be able to expand, raise children, and make Mars their home? I give my colony some robotic and Artificial Intelligence technologies that are not yet on-the-shelf, but their survival is still tenuous.
I think Mars will be very difficult to colonize, but humans persevere and build their lives wherever they find themselves, despite dangers from other people and the hostile planet. Read the On Mars series, starting with Glory on Mars, to join them.