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"The Martian" is a procedural book about engineering -- set in the near future. It is fairly "hard" engineering. Not a lot of extras. Quantum Space is similar, it is a definitely "hard" nuclear physics story set in the very near future. I enjoyed it greatly -- and the somewhat reserved nature of the narration added to the overall effect of being a fly on the wall as scientists think about a problem. Based on the author's comments at the end, the physics are fair in the sense that although it is an imagined extrapolation, up to the point it departs from the present understanding, it is correct. He also states that it will be part of a series -- which is good.
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Lots of great real science background in this one, and with just a bit of science technobabble on top to stretch concept into the real of fiction. The author takes the time at the end to detail which bits are made up nonsense and which bits are accepted science.
The writing is solid, and in fact I appreciated a few places were some standard plot tropes were avoided. If those common paths had been taken -- and there were obvious places to put them -- it would have been a lesser book.
The narration was okay but not great. It wasn't annoying in any way, but the voices weren't really very different from on another and the tone was a little dry. It didn't get in the way of the story, but it did make it a bit easier for the mind to wander and lose track.
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