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The Martian

The Martian

Author: Andy Weir
Rating: 7/10
Last Read: October 2015

The Martian is a relatively well-known book about an astronaut who is abandoned on Mars after his companions thought he was dead. He tries to stay alive and establish contact with Earth, hoping they can figure out how to get him back home. The novel is told from the point of view of multiple characters, but focuses primarily on the astronaut and his struggle to live.

I enjoyed The Martian and thought it was a decent sci-fi novel. The book is clearly targeted at engineers, so the details and explanations and jokes are perhaps nerdier than other sci-fi novels.

My Highlights

Chuck shrugged. “Never occurred to us. We never thought someone would be on Mars without an MAV.”
“I mean, come on!” Morris said. “What are the odds?”
Chuck turned to him. “One in three, based on empirical data. That’s pretty bad if you think about it.”

“How’d I do today?” Venkat asked.
“Eeeh,” Annie said, putting her phone away. “You shouldn’t say things like ‘bring him home alive.’ It reminds people he might die.”
“Think they’re going to forget that?”
“You asked my opinion. Don’t like it? Go fuck yourself.”
“You’re such a delicate flower, Annie. How’d you end up NASA’s director of media relations?”
“Beats the fuck out of me,” Annie said.

Irene carefully formed her answer before speaking. “When facing death, people want to be heard. They don’t want to die alone. He might just want the MAV radio so he can talk to another soul before he dies."

“Jesus, what a complicated process,” Venkat said.
“Try updating a Linux server sometime,” Jack said.
After a moment of silence, Tim said, “You know he was telling a joke, right? That was supposed to be funny.”
“Oh,” said Venkat. “I’m a physics guy, not a computer guy.”
“He’s not funny to computer guys, either.”

I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’. I experimented with potato skin tea a few weeks ago. The less said about that the better.

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