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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian (original 2011; edition 2013)

by Andy Weir (Author), R. C. Bray (Narrator), Podium Publishing (Publisher)

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Title:The Martian
Authors:Andy Weir (Author)
Other authors:R. C. Bray (Narrator), Podium Publishing (Publisher)
Info:Podium Publishing (2013)
Collections:Digital library, Read
Tags:fiction, sci-fi

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The Martian by Andy Weir (2011)

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    Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (fichtennadel)
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    Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach (sboyte)
    sboyte: One is fiction and one is nonfiction, but the subject matter is similar and I think both will appeal to anyone who enjoys science with a dash of humor.
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    The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (timspalding)
  4. 40
    A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke (pnorth)
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    The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (rakerman)
    rakerman: In The Mysterious Island, a small group lands on an island with no technology other than a watch and proceed to rebuild Victorian industrial civilization. The scientific details of creating each new device and system are carefully described. In The Martian, similar care is taken to describe the modified systems and devices needed to sustain the astronaut on Mars.… (more)
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    Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (sturlington)
    sturlington: Mr. Penumbra's reminded me in tone and its reverence for tech, geeks, and pop culture of both The Martian and Ready Player One.
  7. 20
    Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (hoddybook)
    hoddybook: Engineering solutions in stressful conditions.
  8. 10
    The Explorer by James Smythe (jonathankws)
  9. 10
    Mars Crossing by Geoffrey A. Landis (Anonymous user)
  10. 10
    Voyage by Stephen Baxter (dClauzel)
    dClauzel: Deux histoires autour du voyage vers Mars : comment y aller, et aussi comment en repartir. Problématiques scientifiques, difficultés d’ingénierie, et troubles politiques.
  11. 21
    Failure is not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond by Eugene Kranz (bertilak)
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    The Patriots of Mars: The God That Failed by Jeff Faria (heatherlove)
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    Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell (misericordia)
    misericordia: If you want to understand what a Steely Eyed Missile Man is, read Lost Moon.
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    Year Zero by Rob Reid (TomWaitsTables)
  15. 00
    Apollo: The Race to the Moon by Charles Murray (lturpin42)
  16. 01
    Dragonfly: NASA And The Crisis Aboard Mir by Bryan Burrough (misericordia)
    misericordia: For more reference to how NASA really works read Dragonfly
  17. 02
    Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Andy Weir and James S. A. Corey met at a book signing and agreed that The Expanse series and The Martian set in the same time-line. So, if you're a fan of The Martian and want to find out what happened after Mars was colonized, read Leviathan Wakes. If you're a fan of The Expanse series, and want to read about the very first Martian colonist, read The Martian. For proof, check a 3 Oct 2015 tweet by @JamesSACorey for confirmation. One of The Expanse books also references a Martian ship named the 'Mark Watney'.… (more)

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I think I'm going to quit before I have invested to the point of regret. This is just reminding me too much of reading a technical manual. Look forward to the movie though!

  catzkc | Mar 23, 2018 |
I dug this. ( )
  tamaranewman | Mar 22, 2018 |
Awesome, awesome story! Some parts are a bit technical, some are lighthearted and funny, some surprisingly moving, but as this story moves from the unthinkable, to the solution, and around again, with people from Mars to Earth holding their breath to see what happens next, I was right there along for the ride! The humor Mark uses to get himself through the toughest of times was wonderful.

I've seen some readers complain about some of the more technical parts, but to anyone who grown up with manned space missions, it really is awesome to read how some of the best and brightest would work to solve seemingly overwhelming odds with what they have on hand and good old down and dirty math and science. Knowledge really is the best tool anyone can have, and I'm saddened that some readers found those sections too much... such a shame for our current educational system, and a very depressing comment on our current cultural priorities.

Update October 2015... Just "re-read" this one by listening to it on audiobook prior to the movie's release. The audiobook release is excellent too, great narration. ( )
  RivetedReaderMelissa | Mar 22, 2018 |
I loved Mark Watney from the first page. His snarky sarcasm is dead on. What a great character. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
Holy rusted metal, Batman, that was freaking AWESOME. ( )
  capriciousreader | Mar 20, 2018 |
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Bray, R. C.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haynes, FredMapsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moerdijk, HenkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rendfleisch, ElizabethDesignersecondary 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.
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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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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"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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