The Martian, by Andy Weir, is a (near) future Mars survival tale - heavy on science, technology and problem solving (and humor) - no aliens/warp drives/far future gizmos to save the day this time... I (unfortunately) have no idea if any of the science was actually accurate - but it made enough sense to me that it was fun to follow along as the main character solves problem after problem.
Rating: 3 of 5 (plenty fun for techies, but unlikely to blow you away with something new/stunning I think...) First Read Date: December 2012
I thought the The Martian was a nice read - when I was finished I did a quick search for Andy Weir I started to find some interesting details -> I am Andy Weir, and I wrote "The Egg". A[sk]M[e]A[nything] -> The Egg (for me this was a very interesting read - amazingly/impressively short - you should read it now, this is low single digit minutes of reading for sure) -> other writings by Andy Weir (I have not dug in but have sampled a touch and this is an impressive page) -> a forum where fans can ask questions and the author actually responds/engages -> very cool!!
Rating: 5 of 5 (for The Egg the rating is certainly partly about the form - impressive) First Read Date: December 2012