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I don’t read a whole lot of science fiction or fantasy. I tend to prefer stories about people I might know in world that is at least vaguely familiar to me.
At least that is what I tell people.
More and more, I find myself intrigued when people tell me about an amazing book they read that is full of words like cyborgs and wormholes. And when I’ve decided to crack the book open, I usually find myself deeply engaged. As if it were a “regular” book that I would read. In the few cases recently that I’ve read books in the sci-fi or fantasy genre, I’ve put them down wondering what I’ve been missing all these years reading literary fiction and Oprah books.
Granted, I only reach for the most highly recommended of sci-fi books, usually suggested by writers or people who read a lot and are good at separating the chaff from the grain.
The other day a writer, who loves sci-fi, asked if I’d read The Martian, the book upon which the recent Matt Damon movie was based. I hadn’t. Nor had I seen the movie. I figured once it was on demand, I would see it, probably on a night when my husband picked the movie for us to watch.
She said that The Martian was one of the best books she’s read in a long time. She also liked the movie but the book covered a lot more territory, as books usually do.
A little later in the day, I asked the name of the author who wrote The Martian, thinking I might take it out of the library and read it, and she told me (Andy Weir) and then went on to tell me that she realized after she read the book that Andy Weir was also the author of the best short story she’s ever read. She asked if I’d heard of the short story, “The Egg”, to which I said, “No.”
So last night, I ordered The Martian paperback and then searched out the short story that she mentioned. I found it online, read it, and, well, read it again. It was short, accessible and brilliant. Because I’m that kind of girl, I thought I would share the link with you.
Read it. It’s short. It’s accessible. And it’s brilliant. Short (930 words), accessible (mostly dialogue), brilliant (o.m.g.).
Here’s the link: “The Egg” by Andy Weir. Tell me what you think.
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