“The Martian: A Novel” by Andy Weir

This breezy, fast paced tale qualifies as “science fiction with the emphasis on science”. Andy Weir obviously had fun writing it. The protagonist, Mark Watney, is a cheerful wise guy. Finding himself abandoned on Mars due to a series of improbable events, he manages to stay alive, presenting NASA with a terrible problem. Can they rescue him? First they have to establish communication. The next problem is food. Watney starts to grow potatoes in the “habitat” intended to shelter the aborted scientific mission. I won’t give you more details, because the entertainment value of this book IS the details. This is a great book for when you need distraction. I enjoyed it while traveling, and look forward to whatever else Weir has up his sleeve.

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3 thoughts on ““The Martian: A Novel” by Andy Weir

      1. Bob and I enjoyed it very much. Matt Damon does a great job and it had a huge multicultural cast and crew. Sometimes it seemed like an ad for NASA funding, but that was OK with me as I don’t understand why they are being short changed.

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