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The Martian by Andy Weir
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The Martian (original 2011; edition 2014)

by Andy Weir (Author)

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?… (more)
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Title:The Martian
Authors:Andy Weir (Author)
Info:Broadway Books (2014), Edition: Reprint, 387 pages
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Tags:@ordered, fiction, science fiction, Mars

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The Martian by Andy Weir (2011)

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dropped for now. too many details, in addition to the fact that it feels odd juxtaposed to more emotional descriptions. Not that its wrong, or bad writing (in actuality, it makes sense for the character). I just don't like it. Not my cuppa tea. ( )
  Elizabeth723 | Dec 6, 2019 |
I can see how this can be a good movie, but as a book it's so so. Too many solo scenes that are about as boring as the Frodo in Mordor chapters in Return of the King. Bland characters and nothing really memorable ( )
  alent1234 | Dec 5, 2019 |
Quite good. So much science. A little less science description would have been nice but I guess it made it feel a bit more real. Quite enjoyed it though. Looking forward to seeing movie. ( )
  waltandmartha | Dec 3, 2019 |
Quite good. So much science. A little less science description would have been nice but I guess it made it feel a bit more real. Quite enjoyed it though. Looking forward to seeing movie. ( )
  waltandmartha | Dec 3, 2019 |
5 stars for creating a book with lots of science, math, and numbers this arithmophobe couldn't put down. ( )
  Mrs.Soule | Nov 25, 2019 |
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Weir, Andyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bray, R. C.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haynes, FredMapsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moerdijk, HenkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rendfleisch, ElizabethDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
White, EricCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Mom
who calls me "Pickle,"
and Dad,
who calls me "Dude."
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I'm pretty much fucked.
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Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can't improve on duct tape.
I need to ask myself, "What would an Apollo astronaut do?" He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man, those guys were cool.
Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.
As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation.
Hurray for standardized valve systems!
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A MISSION TO MARS.

A FREAK ACCIDENT.

ONE MAN'S STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE.


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain, old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength — he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller — an impossible to put down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

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In a desert-sea

With little chance to survive

He will overcome

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