The Martian (Paperback)
hrough a calamitous series of events, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself alone on Mars. With no way to contact his crew or Earth, he's pretty sure he'll die that way too. Even if everything goes to plan, he's likely to starve before the next mission arrives in four years. In space, however, starvation is the least likely cause of death - the Martian climate, lack of atmosphere, and human error are far more likely to kill him. But he's not dead yet, and he's not giving up. He's got his training, the materials left behind by various NASA missions, and his sense of humor to get him through. He'll have to hope that's enough. This is a compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, tale of human ingenuity and tenacity. Not just for readers of science-fiction either!— Paige
February 2014 Indie Next List
“This taut, cerebral debut thriller introduces readers to the only kind of alien we have yet to encounter: ourselves. Astronaut Mark Watney is mistakenly left for dead on Mars when his mission companions flee a violent wind storm. His mental and physical struggles to survive are a crash course in botany, mechanics, and the will to endure. This is the compelling space saga that you didn't know you had been waiting for!”
— Zack Ruskin, Book Passage, San Francisco, CA
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?
About the Author
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 novel.