This is an astronomy problem. I didn't see a heading for astronomers but I thought I'd try anyway. I have had a number of science fiction short stories published over the last two or three years and am now working on my first science fiction novel. For hard science fiction, it is important that the underlying premise of a story (no matter how improbable) could possibly---just possibly--- be true. I have found a number of technical papers on line suggesting that life on planets circling red dwarfs is possible and that temperature, wind, atmosphere retention and other issues may not be as severe as originally thought. The setting is a human colony recently established on a planet orbiting a red dwarf class MO star Is it possible (not necessarily probable) that a planet exist with the following characteristics? A. The planet be in the habitable zone. B. Have Earth's mass, be geologically active and have water as well plant and animal life. C. The star is old enough to have passed its active flaring age D. The planet is not YET tidally locked. I assume the process of becoming tidally locked takes awhile (how long?) E. The planet has a large moon. F. The planet has seasons----the length of the seasons is not important but I would like to know how long they would be. G. The days and nights are 36 hours each (plus or minus). H. The entire planet does not have to be inhabitable. If my world is possible, any comments on what it would be like living on its surface would be appreciated. If my world is not at all possible, what planet and star combination would come close to what I have outlined? Keep in mind I am looking at NOW and not the future as to habitability. Thank you. Mark XXXXX
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Thank you. Since you are a biologist would you be able to answer a new question (and be paid for it) for me dealing with the possible plant and animal life on my planet?