The Martian

The Martian

Author : Andy WeirPublish Date : August 28, 2014

Publisher: Del Rey

Pages: 384

Genre: Science Fiction

"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."

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“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.” 

“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.” 

“Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.” 

“I guess you could call it a "failure", but I prefer the term "learning experience".” 

“I can't wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!” 

“If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don't care, but they're massively outnumbered by the people who do.” 

“I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.” 

“Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.” 

“As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation.” 

“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”

What do you know? I’m in command” 

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