The Martian meets Survivor...
In an age where almost everything is turned into a reality television show, it really isn't too much of a stretch to imagine a Mars First show, where four random people are chosen to be the first to land on Mars.
The beginning of this short story was a little scattered, skipping from introducing Raphaella to talking about the mission training, to showing Raphaella and Deet on Mars. Luckily, the story settles into the adventure once they're on Mars, and I found myself really empathizing with the characters and wondering what happened next. While the ending might be considered a cliffhanger by some, I prefer to think that the author is allowing us to keep hope alive.
Note: I received a copy of this story from the author's mailing list.