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manassehkatz
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A great & fast read!
manassehkatz   4/11/2014 6:00:45 PM
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I saw this on my local library new books and read it as soon as it came out. Absolutely riveting - could not put it down, significantly affecting productivity for 2 days.


Another recent science fiction book I highly recommend is Influx by Daniel Suarez. Basically "what would happen if the most amazing scientific/technological innovations were kept secret by the government, and one man manages to break the system".

 

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Growing things on Mars
David Ashton   4/11/2014 8:45:51 PM
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HI Caleb.  This reminds me of a short story I read yonks ago, about three astronauts who got stranded on a Mars-like planet, trying to make things grow.  There was a lot of nasty stuff in the air - ammonia I think - and nothing seemed to work.   Eventually two of the astronauts died and the survivor buried them - then just before he died he noticed things growing around their graves - their bodies had provided just the right nutrients for things to grow there.  Bit macabre, but it was a good story.  Anyone else read it, and remember the title and the author?

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Re: Growing things on Mars
Kevin Neilson   4/18/2014 10:02:20 PM
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I've read that story, too.  It may have been Bradbury.

David Ashton
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Re: Growing things on Mars
David Ashton   4/18/2014 10:17:35 PM
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@ anon8464524 - not sure if it was Bradbury, it was his style so may have been.  As I remember there was a foreword that said he had been shown a picture of a astronaut standing beside two crosses and asked to come up with a story.  He turned it on its head - what if the crosses signified not death but life?   

I'll google a bit and see if I can find it when I have a few spare microseconds.....

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Left or Right?
Max The Magnificent   4/14/2014 12:31:04 PM
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This reminds me of another story -- I think it was a book -- but it may have been an Outer Limits type thing.

The idea is that there's a spaceship landed on another planet -- I think it's Mars -- and the door is open and the astronaught is unconcious and an alien comes in and the folks on Earth are trying to get the Alien to press a specific button on the control panel, but the panel is mounted directly opposite the entrance (the door slides up vertically), the panel controls appear symetrical both horizontally and vertically, and they have to explain left from right...

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Kevin Neilson   4/18/2014 10:08:23 PM
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This book is pretty good, especially if you are interested in techinal details and verisimilitude.  You would be hard-pressed to find any techinal errors.  It's not dry, however--there is a fair amout of drama.  In the Hollywood version, I'm not sure how they'll squeeze in a love story, since he's the only person on the planet.  (I hear they're casting already.)  



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