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The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Martian

It's the near future, and a manned mission to Mars leaves behind an astronaut, thinking him dead. Now he's got to survive. Somehow. I couldn't put the book down - blew through it in a week.

While there's a lot of hard science (chemistry, physics, math) in the book, it remains very accessible. And it's great that most of the technology in the story already exists today - there's nothing here that's far fatched other than a man who's resourceful enough to come up with brilliant ideas while under this much pressure. Surviving on Mars makes Antarctica or The Sahara look easy.

The book is much funnier than I'd expected, although a few of the jokes are very geeky. My favorite came when the protagonist's goal was to the southeast and he was forced by circumstance to travel south. He commented that he was now getting 34 kilometers per day rather than 90 kilometers per day closer to his goal because Pythagoras is a dick. I laughed out loud at that one.

So, yeah. Not a kids' book. But it's a great story.

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