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Im first But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet Drawing on his ingenuity his engineering skills and a relentless dogged refusal to uit he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against hi. ”So that is the situation I’m stranded on Mars I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth Everyone thinks I’m dead I’m in a Hab designed to last thirty one days If the oxygenator breaks down I’ll suffocate If the water reclaimer breaks down I’ll die of thirst If the Hab breaches I’ll just kind of explode If none of those things happen I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death So yea I’m fucked”When I read the line “kind of explode” I couldn’t help thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Total Recall face contorted eyes bulging as the oxygen deprived atmosphere of Mars was about to detonate his head I’ll wait for the next mission to a blue planet thank you very muchMark Watney Mars astronaut has a lot to worry about It is hard to say if he has to worry about than Douglas uaidHauser Arnold’s character in the movie At least he doesn’t have people trying to kill him on Mars In fact when his fellow astronauts left he effectively becameEMPEROR OF MARSIt might be the shortest reign in history ”Mars keeps trying to kill me”He amends that thought with ”Mars and my stupidity keep trying to kill me”Watney is far from stupid He scavenges like a futuristic version of Robinson Crusoe from the left over debris of the Hermes crew’s hasty departure The incident that “ended” Watney’s life had them in a panic ”Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”He finds a whole memory stick of seventies sitcoms to keep him occupied and importantly stuff to keep him alive Watney becomes the first farmer on Mars He knows he doesn’t have enough food to last until the next mission to Mars is scheduled so he has to improvise Luckily the crew was to be there over the Thanksgiving holiday and for morale purposes NASA sent along potatoes with those all important eyes intact ”My morning piss goes in a resealable plastic box when I open it the rover reeks like a truck stop men’s room I could take it outside and let it boil off But I worked hard to make that water and the last thing I’m going to do is waste it I’ll feed it to the water reclaimerEven precious is my manure It’s critical to the potato farm and I’m the only source on Mars Fortunately when you spend a lot of time in space you learn how to shit in a bag And if you think things are bad after opening the piss box imagine the smell after I drop anchor”When he finds a way to communicate with Earth in one of his spectacular MacGuyver moments they tell him that he is going to have to drive to another site where there is a rocket ship already delivered waiting for the next mission He will drive on terrain that looks like this The ship is in Giovanni Schiaparelli’s crater Watney being Watney has a few juvenile observations about his arrival at the crater ”Tomorrow night I’ll sink to an all new lowLemme rephrase thatTomorrow night I’ll be at rock bottomNo that doesn’t sound good eitherTomorrow night I’ll be in Giovanni Schiaparelli’s favorite holeOkay I admit I’m just playing around now” The science is unbelievable and since Andy Weir was a fifteen year old prodigy and is obviously still extremely bright in middle age I have to believe him that he has this all figured out Watney injects humor as he explains his innovative scientific brilliance which at times had my eyes glazed over trying to keep up So even as you are getting overwhelmed by the science Weir will elicit an eye roll from the sophisticated reader He might even inspire an outright chortle if you are of the low brow variety of humor lovers I must be of the pan humor variety as he elicited a wide range of sniggers snorts and raised eyebrows from me ”I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for”The one thing that might save your life on Mars Earth or any other planet you might want to visit is something that NASA didn’t invent “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” Watney worships duct tape and given the hairbrained ideas he puts into practice he needs miles and miles of it It turns out duct tape has a variety of uses for providing additional support We are such an ingenious species Weir convinced me that Watney could live on Mars for over a year while awaiting rescue With mangled euipment a harsh unforgiving terrain and the ever present one thing going wrong depression that Watney has to overcome everyday this reader started feeling the pain of failure and the elation of success right along with him As the world learns he is alive humanity began rooting not for the American to live but for the human species to triumph In the 1970s when I was old enough to watch what NASA was doing and marvelled at our ability to do the impossible It was a time when absolutely anything seemed achievable We’d had leadership that insisted that we needed to go to the moon We still built things now it feels like the monuments of our times are being built other places I do think we all miss having a common goal Something that we all feel we are a part of something larger than ourselves With a space program gutted and the idea of a manned mission to Mars staggeringly expensive it makes me realize how lucky I was to grow up in a time when it really felt like the impossible was possible I’m probably the last of the optimists who still believes that we have to go see it; we have to put our footprint on it; we have to scatter our debris around and say ‘yes we were here’ We need a Mark Watney to be lost on Mars so we have something to cheer for that brings us together as a species Besides book reviews I also have started writing movie reviews These can be 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The MartianSix 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 thereAfter 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. I’m pretty much fucked Ok show of hands How many of you have uttered these exact words or words to that effect Not everyone I see we have some liars out there How many have said them at least twice Three times Four Those with hands still up you probably need to make some adjustments to your approach find a safer line of work hobbies that do not entail long drops stop trying the weekly specials at McBlowfish or seek out people to date who are into less extremeumsports These are the opening words of The Martian Astronaut Mark Watney is definitely screwed than most of us have ever been Dude missed his ride and there will not be another along for oh four years Supplies on hand were only meant to cover a few weeks maybe months And that Martian atmosphere is definitely no fun lacking stuff like oh breathable air and a reasonable range of temperature It does offer however extremely harsh good for scouring that burned on gunk from sauce pans and long lasting as in months dust storms And if that was not enough he faces an array of other challenges unfriendly locals No Kibby the 12 year old kibitzer who infects my brain no Mars Attacks brain beasts or that other guy even though I know he is your favorite Real challenges For example the music he has for his stay consists of disco The viewing options include 70s TV Most of us might give serious consideration to minimizing the guaranteed pain frustration starvation and inevitable death by maybe taking a short hustle outside sans that special suit It would be a very very short last dance Watney is either a cock eyed optimist or an idiot I'm going with the former as he is indeed made of the right stuff He is ard and well supplied with the sort of can do designer genes that might make the rest of us feel like the can’t do sorts we are He is the poster boy for positive attitude It does not hurt that he is way smart with expertise in a wide enough range of things scientific to matter It does not hurt that he is an engineer who gets off on taking apart putting back together figuring out thinking through testing trying and pushing envelopes But his crew is headed home and what hope is there really The Martian tells of Watney’s attempt to survive in a literally alien environment using only the tools on hand and his wits It is a gripping story with one of the most adorable heroes you are likely to encounter on this planet or any other No Kibby not a kitten How could you not root for a guy who scrapes through Thanksgiving dinner for potato parts to plant for food Of course one might think “been there done that” particularly as 1964’s Robin Crusoe on Mars offered a retelling of Daniel Defoe’s classic tale in a contemporary notion of a remote locale A 1905 novel used a different classic traveler in the same sort of format Of course those tellings had a lot in common with the Barsoom of Edgar Rice Burroughs as seen by Frank Frazetta than they do with the vision we have of the Red Planet today or say reality RealityOr is itOne of these was a shot of you know where The other was taken at Death Valley which was used BTW in the filming of Robinson Crusoe on MarsMost of the tale is spent on Watney’s very compelling attempt to survive going through all the challenges he faces trying to make air preserve and maybe generate water make his food last get some sort of communication set up deal with things like exploding air locks biblical level dust storms toppling ground transport vehicles you know stuff most of it life threatening The other end of things is how the folks on the ground deal with this GInornous OOPS There are technical elements of course but interesting for me were the political considerations To tell the crew or not Imagine how bummed out embarrassed and guilty you might be on that ship the Hermes returning home knowing you had left one behind Might it affect your ability to take care of necessary business for the next bunch of months Another uestion is whether to tell the public and if so when How about getting help from other space capable nations Are any international dealings simple There is also some in house NASA staff maneuvering that is wonderful to seeAndy WeirIn her fabulous book on writing Bird by Bird Anne Lamott writes Having a likeable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love whose mind you love to pick whose running commentary totally holds your attention who makes you laugh out loud Probably the greatest strength of The Martian is the narration of Mark Watney He is engaging and funny optimistic and capable I suppose there are some who might find him lacking in sharp edges but I thought he worked great Matt Damon as Mark Watney enjoying the view – from the film The new earth based shooting location was Wadi Rum Jordan I am sure they did plenty of color adjustments in post but boy o boy does this place look like an alien landscape GripesYes really there is too much scientific detail It is not that it is beyond the comprehension of a lot of readers although it will skip by a fair number it is the share of time the number of pages the sheer volume of obstacles to be overcome and the very detailed explanation of so many of them that tilts the book a bit too much towards the MacGyver demo Weir writes very well about the other elements of the story Repetition of DANGER WILL ROBINSON with the subseuent amazingly clever repair du jour does get a bit old after a while I had to fight an urge to scan at times But that is really it Otherwise The Martian is an absolute delight to read Watney is lovable as well as capable and makes excellent use of his sense of humor to look on the bright side of life in a very dark circumstance Whether he makes it out on time or not not gonna spoil that one you will cheer him on hope for the best and fly past those pages with considerable if maybe not interplanetary speed Is there life on Mars There will be while you read this book Review posted – 11615 Updated and trotted out there again on release of the film 10215 This review has been cross posted on my site CootsreviewscomPublication date – self pub in 2011 – Bought edited and published by Crown 10282014PS Saw the film on 10915 and it kicks ass Go see it if you haven't already It is very true to the book with the improvement of not getting bogged down in details has a great cast looks amazing and does a fantastic job of promoting science EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal and FB pages 52416 Weir wrote a short story preuel to The Martian called Diary of an AssCan I posted a review this week It includes a link to the story so you can read it for yourselfAndy Weir’s second novel Artemis while IMHO not uite up to this one is also pretty darned goodAugust 2016 At the Hugo awards Weir wins the John W Campbell award for best new writer and the screenplay for the film wins for Best Dramatic Presentation long form The Martian Chronicles on Gutenberg Gullivar of Mars by Edwin Lester Linden Arnold on GutenbergFor a real Martian experience check out NASA’s Mars page For a realer Martian experience and ideal for those trying to keep one step ahead of creditors andor the law you might want to consider applying to be on a Mars mission no joke There is on this project below but the above link is for the selection process just in case you don’t mind a strictly one way journeyA nifty article from the NY Times 10515 about the woman at NASA responsible for seeing to it that we do not bring Earth germs you know where Mars Is Pretty Clean Her Job at NASA Is to Keep It That Way by Kenneth ChangI bet you thought I’d forgotten these guys No chance I just ran out of time to figure out how to stuff them into the review So sorry I am stuffing them here That sounds so wrongIf you want to experience Mars while still on earth it is indeed possibleA general National Geo article on MarsPlanetaryOrg has an excellent list of all Mars missions to date and some that are in processWhen you are checking your ancestry some of that unusual DNA might come from a place far far away Two scientists look at the unfortunately named notion of Panspermia view spoilerthe natural result of guys watching really good porn A bad review of ineffectual seed An unspeakable fried dish hide spoiler

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DOWNLOAD À The Martian ï 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 thereAfter 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—andEven 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 likely to kill h. Adult science thrillerLove it love it A meticulously researched briskly paced and surprisingly funny story about an astronaut left behind on Mars presumed dead who must now figure out how to survive and let the folks back on Earth know he is alive and needs rescue This is hard science science fiction Parts of it read like really complicated but amusing word problems juggling mass and time and weight etc But all of that adds to the realism You can tell Andy Weir loves his space exploration and knows a ton about it He totally had me convinced anyway The Martian is a fast read and the main character’s irrepressible sense of humor will have you cheering for him as he tries to survive against impossible odds I will also never eat another potato again Long story If you’re looking for a fast paced believable space adventure set in present day this is your book