The Martian

The Martian

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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?"show more

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  • Paperback | 387 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 113.4g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0553418025
  • 9780553418026
  • 1,205

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"An impressively geeky debut...the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?" --"Entertainment Weekly " "One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten." --Douglas Preston, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Impact" and" Blasphemy" "A book I just couldn't put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy...reads like "MacGyver" meets "Mysterious Island." --Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" "The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, "The Martian "is everything you want from a novel." --Hugh Howey, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Wool" ""The Martian "kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13." --Ernest Cline, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Ready Player One" "Gripping...shapes up like Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe "as written by someone brighter." --Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the "Ringworld "series and "Lucifer's Hammer " "Humankind is only as strong as the challenges it faces, and "The Martian" pits human ingenuity (laced with more humor than you'd expect) against the greatest endeavor of our time -- survival on Mars. A great read with an inspiring attention to technical detail and surprising emotional more

About Andy Weir

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first more

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" Brilliant ... a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years ... Utterly compelling." (Wall Street Journal) " Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy ... succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility." (USA Today) " An impressively geeky debut ...the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?" (Entertainment Weekly)show more
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