The Martian by Andy Weir

Go read it.  For real.  It’s funny as hell.

The guy uses pirate-ninjas as a measurement because “Kilowatt-hours per sol” was a “pain in the ass to say.”

For real, though.  The book is about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong and about his attempts to stay alive until the next mission can arrive or until he can be rescued.  It’s not the long, drawling, “is it even worth it” story that it might sound like.  Never losing his desire to live, Mark Watney (the astronaut in question) literally keeps himself alive using whatever is laying around.  I’ve seen a few complaints that she science in the book isn’t very accurate, but it’s my understanding that Weir is devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight.  Hobbyist doesn’t sound very encouraging, but it seems like he went very much out of his way to make sure his stuff was sound.

Either way, it’s easy to let the science go because he makes it accessible to an audience who may not have the same hobbies as himself.  I found myself wanting more when the book ended, and I guess that’s a pretty good sign.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s