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The Martian
Andy Weir
The Martian

Our honoree for our 10 Year Anniversary is Andy Weir’s acclaimed debut novel, The Martian.

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 Andy Weir

Andrew Weir - The Martian

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.

Weir began writing science fiction in his 20s and published work on his website for years. His first work to gain significant attention was “The Egg”, a short story that has been adapted into a number of YouTube videos and a one-act play.

The Martian is his first published novel. He wrote the book to be as scientifically accurate as possible and his writing included extensive research into orbital mechanics, conditions on Mars, the history of manned spaceflight, and botany. Originally published as a free serial on his website, some readers requested he make it available on Kindle. First sold for 99 cents, the novel made it to the Kindle bestsellers list. Weir was then approached by a literary agent and sold the rights of the book. The print version of the novel debuted at #12 on The New York Times bestseller list. The Wall Street Journal called the novel “the best pure sci-fi novel in years”. It has been made into a film starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain with a release date of October 2, 2015.