I just finished The Book of Lies by Brad Metzer. Not bad, but I think I saturated myself on these type books earlier in life. After a while they are all pretty much the same.
Currently reading - - A cold Day in Hell by Mark Cain. A Terry Prachett/Douglas Adams type story (book 2 of many) of Steve Minion, Hell's Super (also title of book 1). As the lead in Hell's maintenance department, I can relate. With Beezebub as his direct supervisor (of which I think I can also relate) and Orson Wells as his assistant, Minion dutifully makes what repairs he can, given a painfully accurate parts department; makes for a quick and chuckle filled read.
I have an H.G. Wells anthology with all of these stories. I love most of these stories, but for some reason The Food of the Gods makes for difficult reading for me. I simply can't get into it; it loses my interest. Really not sure what my problem is with it.
Reading "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" story of a guy named Bob who has his head frozen after being hit and killed by a car, wakes up 100 years later as a computer machine in a world where the USA is now a fascist theocracy, then becomes a Von neumann probe. Pretty good actually.
Langlebige Software-Architekturen by Carola Lilienthal, a non-fiction book about how to detect, limit and remove technical debts in software projects. Pretty good book, though I admit it is not a topic for everyone.
I just picked up the first 3 books of "The Expanse" by S.A. Corey, right after viewing the explosive finale to the Syfy Channel's television series by the same name. An outstanding show with memorable characters and - finally - no f*cking "warp drive.... people can walk around on their ship because they can burn/accelerate at a constant g-level, which affords both comfort and quick travel times throughout the solar system. Can't WAIT for one of the Resident Add-On Geniuses who regularly haunt this place to create a model of the MCRN "Tachi" (later rechristened the "Rocinante" by it's new crew, who use it as a lifeboat to escape disaster). Powered by this "Epstein Drive", and with the aid of specially formulated steroidal cocktail injections ("the juice") into the crew, they can endure & survive brief periods of very high acceleration (up to 25 g's !!!), reducing travel times to the closest planets to mere hours or days.
I picked up the first 3 books of the series to tide me over until Season 3 is released in 2018. The closest I could come to finding a similarly sized add-on ship was Stevcast's nice "Annie_V Frigate", so I've been modifying the .ini/cgf files to soup her up a bit. Was able to get to Mars orbit in about 20 hours @ 25gs. Of course, now I can fit into my old school jacket after being pressed that hard into the crash-couch.
I'm also fondly revisiting Larry Niven "Known Space" series. Would love to see a Syfy-treatment of "Ringworld", or "Protector".
Nice to see you all, and to see that interest remains in Orbiter.