Seveneves comes from Neal Stephenson, author of Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon, and if you are a fan of technical driven sci-fi novels, it’s a real treat. Set in a near future where a mysterious object strikes through the moon, the “Hard Rain” sees fragments of the moon filter into the atmosphere, leading to gradual sizzling of the entire planet. Stephenson exercises the deft hand of a technical writer working through millennia of engineering trials in space, hinging at first around a structure built off the ISS and an asteroid, affectionately “Izzy”. The beauty of sci-fi is tackling political and cultural questions within a framework fascinatingly different from our own. In other words, it feels abundantly relevant. Inspired by President Obama’s summer reading list.