It's nice to see some light-hearted science fiction every now and again and Andy Weir's The Martian is a great example.
After being left for dead after a disaster on an expedition to Mars, Mark Watney must find a way to survive on the Red Planet until the next expedition is scheduled to arrive. A relentlessly optimistic fellow, Mark has to piece together enough tools and supplies from what was left to keep himself alive for over a year. The worst part? He has no communications- so no way to let anyone know that he is still alive.
No monster or aliens or here; this is an entirely plausible science-based story. And, given the weight of the situation, it actually has a few laughs, too.
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