If I were king, I would declare a national holiday: Andrea Barrett is Awesome Day.
If I were king, I'd be a cruel despot; soon a resistance movement would form. One of their pet causes would no doubt be: Every day should be Andrea Barrett is Awesome Day.
Servants of the Map is a book of short stories full of scientists and explorers. Andrea Barrett writes good characters, and I think she's getting quicker and better at describing them.
Oh, just go read it already.