Beyond the Snows of the Andes gI m pretty much fucked Ok show of hands How many of you have uttered these exact words or words to that effect Not everyone I see we have some liars out there How many have said them at least twice Three times Four Those with hands still up you probably need to make some adjustments to your approach find a safer line of work hobbies that do not entail long drops stop trying the weekly specials at McBlowfish or seek out people to date who are into less extremeumsports These are the opening words of The Martian Astronaut Mark Watney is definitely screwed than most of us have ever been Dude missed his ride and there will not be another along for oh four years Supplies on hand were only meant to cover a few weeks maybe months And that Martian atmosphere is definitely no fun lacking stuff like oh breathable air and a reasonable range of temperature It does offer however extremely harshood for scouring that burned on unk from sauce pans and long lasting as in months dust storms And if that was not enough he faces an array of other challenges unfriendly locals No Kibby the 12 year old kibitzer who infects my brain no Mars Attacks brain beasts or that other uy even though I know he is your favorite Real challenges For example the music he has for his stay consists of disco The viewing options include 70s TV Most of us might The Patriot Bride give serious consideration to minimizing theuaranteed pain frustration starvation and inevitable death by maybe taking a short hustle outside sans that special suit It would be a very very short last dance Watney is either a cock eyed optimist or an idiot I m oing with the former as he is indeed made of the right stuff He is ard and well supplied with the sort of can do designer enes that might make the rest of us feel like the can t do sorts we are He is the poster boy for positive attitude It does not hurt that he is way smart with expertise in a wide enough range of things scientific to matter It does not hurt that he is an engineer who Inventing the Future gets off on taking apart putting back together figuring out thinking through testing trying and pushing envelopes But his crew is headed home and what hope is there really The Martian tells of Watney s attempt to survive in a literally alien environment using only the tools on hand and his wits It is aripping story with one of the most adorable heroes you are likely to encounter on this planet or any other No Kibby not a kitten How could you not root for a uy who scrapes through Thanksgiving dinner for potato parts to plant for food Of course one might think been there done that particularly as 1964 s Robin Crusoe on Mars offered a retelling of Daniel Defoe s classic tale in a contemporary notion of a remote locale A 1905 novel used a different classic traveler in the same sort of format Of course those tellings had a lot in common with the Barsoom of Edgar Rice Burroughs as seen by Frank Frazetta than they do with the vision we have of the Red Planet today or say reality RealityOr is itOne of these was a shot of you know where The other was taken at Death Valley which was used BTW in the filming of Robinson Crusoe on MarsMost of the tale is spent on Watney s very compelling attempt to survive oing through all the challenges he faces trying to make air preserve and maybe enerate water make his food last et some sort of communication set up deal with things like exploding air locks biblical level dust storms toppling Verdammt verliebt ground transport vehicles you know stuff most of it life threatening The other end of things is how the folks on theround deal with this GInornous OOPS There are technical elements of course but interesting for me were the political considerations To tell the crew or not Imagine how bummed out embarrassed and The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, guilty you might be on that ship the Hermes returning home knowing you had left one behind Might it affect your ability to take care of necessary business for the next bunch of months Another uestion is whether to tell the public and if so when How aboutetting help from other space capable nations Are any international dealings simple There is also some in house NASA staff maneuvering that is wonderful to seeAndy WeirIn her fabulous book on writing Bird by Bird Anne Lamott writes Having a likeable narrator is like having a Inverloch Volume 4 great friend whose company you love whose mind you love to pick whose running commentary totally holds your attention who makes you laugh out loud Probably thereatest strength of The Martian is the narration of Mark Watney He is engaging and funny optimistic and capable I suppose there are some who might find him lacking in sharp edges but I thought he worked reat Matt Damon as Mark Watney enjoying the view from the film The new earth based shooting location was Wadi Rum Jordan I am sure they did plenty of color adjustments in post but boy o boy does this place look like an alien landscape GripesYes really there is too much scientific detail It is not that it is beyond the of a lot of readers although it will skip a fair number it is the share of time the number of pages the sheer volume of obstacles to be overcome and the very detailed explanation of so many of them that tilts the book a bit too much towards the MacGyver demo Weir writes very well about the other elements of the story Repetition of DANGER WILL ROBINSON with the subseuent amazingly clever repair du jour does et a bit old after a while I had to *Fight An Urge To Scan *an urge to scan times But that is really it
#Otherwise The Martian Is #The Martian is absolute delight to read Watney is lovable as well as capable and makes excellent use of his sense of humor to look on the bright side of life in a very dark circumstance Whether he makes it out on time or not not onna spoil that one you will cheer him on hope for the best and fly past those pages with considerable if maybe not interplanetary speed Is there life on Mars There will be while you read this book Review posted 11615 Updated and trotted out there again on release of the film 10215 This review has been cross posted on my site CootsreviewscomPublication date self pub in 2011 Bought edited and published by Crown 10282014PS Saw the film on 10915 and it kicks ass Go see it if you haven t already It is very true to the book with the improvement of not etting bogged down in details has a reat cast looks amazing and does a fantastic job of promoting science EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pages 5241. I’m stranded on MarsI have no way to communicate with EarthI’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 daysIf the Oxygenator Nce Weir will elicit an eye roll from the sophisticated reader He might even inspire an outright chortle if you are of the low brow variety of humor lovers I must be of the pan humor variety as he elicited a wide range of sniggers snorts and raised eyebrows from me I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for The one thing that might save your life on Mars Earth or any other planet you might want to visit is something that NASA didn t invent 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 Watney worships duct tape and iven the hairbrained ideas he puts into practice he needs miles and miles of it It turns out duct tape has a variety of uses for providing additional support We are such an ingenious species Weir convinced me that Watney could live on Mars for over a year while awaiting rescue With mangled euipment a harsh unforgiving terrain and the ever present one thing The Horse in Celtic Culture going wrong depression that Watney has to overcome everyday this reader started feeling the pain of failure and the elation of success right along with him As the world learns he is alive humanity began rooting not for the American to live but for the human species to triumph In the 1970s when I was old enough to watch what NASA was doing and marvelled at our ability to do the impossible It was a time when absolutely anything seemed achievable We d had leadership that insisted that we needed too to the moon We still built things now it feels like the monuments of our times are being built other places I do think we all miss having a common oal Something that we all feel we are a part of something larger than ourselves With a space program utted and the idea of a manned mission to Mars staggeringly expensive it makes me realize how lucky I was to Every Boys Dream grow up in a time when it really felt like the impossible was possible I m probably the last of the optimists who still believes that we have too see it we have to put our footprint on it we have to scatter our debris around and say yes we were here We need a Mark Watney to be lost on Mars so we have something to cheer for that brings us together as a species Besides book reviews I also have started writing movie reviews These can be found at my blog Unpopular opinion time I don t like how this book is written Watney s journals read like a nerdy blog rather than a dramatic survivor s diary It s hard to find something harrowing and traumatic when the protagonist is saying yay a lot and making incessant corny puns 36 pirate ninjas Yay oxygen Lol ay probe lol1 Bad rover no Scooby snack111 LOL craaaaaaap1 For me those aren t funny they re almost embarrassingNo matter what horrible thing is happening to Watney he s sure to pull though but not before laying a smug cutesy zinger on us It sucks all the tension out of any situation which is the complete opposite of what I want in a book that s supposed to be a thrillerNow don t et me wrong Andy Weir is a A Succession of Bad Days great technical writer When Watney isn t being a wacky douche he soing on and on about some technical or mechanical or biological process that with me not being a scientist usually The Multi-Orgasmic Man goes over my head And that s fine I have no fault with a book that s factually complicated like that In fact it s really admirable and cool that Weir is able to pool all of his expertise into a book about survival on Mars That being said other aspects of the book suffer According to the author s bio on the back of the book 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 If I can stereotype here it shows Myuess is that he doesn t really know how people behave or interact in the real world The dialog is stilted and awkward The characters are all one dimensional and flat They almost seem like an afterthought The emotional and psychological trauma rendered by all these near death experiences and complete and utter isolation What trauma There s no mention of that anywhere Watney is apparently that cool and aw Crap My astronaut crewmates accidentally left me behind on Mars I m fucked I m oing to die Oh wait
I just thought of something highly logically unlikely and technically complicated that I am sure to pull off withoutjust thought of something highly logically unlikely and technically complicated that I am sure to pull off without hitch because did I mention that I am Plucky and Ingenious It sure is a ood thing that I am super talented Yay That worked I m not dead Next chapter But wait Disaster has struck Shit happens when you re stuck alone on Mars Whatever shall I do OMG I just had a The Great Passage great idea It s aood thing I m so naturally optimistic because it sure would make for a bummer book if I ever showed any signs of being depressed or having any kind of mental
#Deterioration After Spending Nearly #after spending nearly years in total solitude Nah I ve The Beast House / After Midnight got the fightin spirit I can create a life support system out of duct tape What does Mars actually look like Is there anything interesting from a scientific perspective about it Who cares I m busyrowing potatoes in shit and watching Three s Company Did I mention that disco sucks RepeatFor a whileI do not et the hype I have never wanted so badly for the characters in a book to be real I want to meet them all the way I want to meet the president or Taylor SwiftThis story is perfectly told It is perfectly paced it is brilliantly written it is beautifully craftedAndy Weir does this incredible thing where he make the reader feel the isolation that Mark Wagner feels a I m so happy that I randomly decided to pick this book up I did find that the story dragged a bit towards the end and some of things went over my head a little bit but for the most part this was a fantastic read i have *finally seen the movie so i added some notes at the bottomthis book is basically just a *seen the movie so i added some notes at the bottomthis book is basically just a long SAT uestion and i so hope the movie is just matt damon sitting at a table doing euations for two and a half hours oh but first as promised here are the photos of me being an astronaut this past weekend zooooom i am orbiting the eeeeeeaaaarttthh i did a really ood job at astronauting and i didn t need to do math even once although i started experiencing cramped space madness after about 6 hours so i doubt Explode If none of those things happen I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to deathSo yeah I’m screwed back cov. .
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6 Weir wrote a short story preuel to The Martian called Diary of an AssCan I posted a review this week It includes a link to the story so you can read it for yourselfAndy Weir s second novel Artemis while IMHO not uite up to this one is also pretty darned I Walk in Dread goodAugust 2016 At the Hugo awards Weir wins the John W Campbell award for best new writer and the screenplay for the film wins for Best Dramatic Presentation long form The Martian Chronicles on Gutenberg Gullivar of Mars by Edwin Lester Linden Arnold on GutenbergFor a real Martian experience check out NASA s Mars page For a realer Martian experience and ideal for those trying to keep one step ahead of creditors andor the law you might want to consider applying to be on a Mars mission no joke There is on this project below but the above link is for the selection process just in case you don t mind a strictly one way journeyA nifty article from the NY Times 10515 about the woman at NASA responsible for seeing to it that we do not bring Eartherms you know where Mars Is Pretty Clean Her Job at NASA Is to Keep It That Way by Kenneth ChangI bet you thought I d forgotten these The Life You Save guys No chance I just ran out of time to figure out how to stuff them into the review So sorry I am stuffing them here That sounds so wrongIf you want to experience Mars while still on earth it is indeed possibleAeneral National Geo article on MarsPlanetaryOrg has an excellent list of all Mars missions to date and some that are in processWhen you are checking your ancestry some of that unusual DNA might come from a place far far away Two scientists look at the unfortunately named notion of Panspermia view spoilerthe natural result of Tempting Meredith (Lovers and Friends, guys watching reallyood porn A bad review of ineffectual seed An unspeakable fried dish hide spoiler First off welcome to 2015Let s kick this year off with a review of a book about a Inside MacPaint guy who deserves to survive than anyone I ve ever known This book has been lurking around in my Goodreads feedaining hype and all the positive reviews from my friends eventually Othello (Shakespeare for Everyone Else, got too much for me so I had to check this out for myself I mlad I Fit For The Chase; Cars And The Movies gave inThe Martian has so manyood things oing for it First and foremost it is Adult science thrillerLove it love it A meticulously researched briskly paced and surprisingly funny story about an astronaut left behind on Mars presumed dead who must now figure out how to survive and let the folks back on Earth know he is alive and needs rescue This is hard science science fiction Parts of it read like really complicated but amusing word problems juggling mass and time and weight etc But all of that adds to the realism You can tell Andy Weir loves his space exploration and knows a ton about it He totally had me convinced anyway The Martian is a fast read and the main character s irrepressible sense of humor will have you cheering for him as he tries to survive against impossible odds I will also never eat another potato again Long story If you re looking for a fast paced believable space adventure set in present day this is your book I o so emotional at the end so ood So that is the situation I m stranded on Mars I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth Everyone thinks I m dead I m in a Hab designed to last thirty one days If the oxygenator breaks down I ll suffocate If the water reclaimer breaks down I ll die of thirst If the Hab breaches I ll just kind of explode If none of those things happen I ll eventually run out of food and starve to death So yea I m fucked When I read the line kind of explode I couldn *T Help Thinking Of Arnold Schwarzenegger In The Total *help thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Total face contorted eyes bulging as the oxygen deprived atmosphere of was about to detonate his head I ll wait for the next mission to a blue planet thank you very muchMark Watney Mars astronaut has a lot to worry about It is hard to say if he has to worry about than Douglas uaidHauser Arnold s character in the movie At least he doesn t have people trying to kill him on Mars In fact when his fellow astronauts left he effectively becameEMPEROR OF MARSIt might be the shortest reign in history Mars keeps trying to kill me He amends that thought with Mars and my stupidity keep trying to kill me Watney is far from stupid He scavenges like a futuristic version of Robinson Crusoe
From The Left Over Debristhe left over debris the Hermes crew s hasty departure The incident that ended Watney s life had them in a panic Reports of my demise have been reatly exaggerated He finds a whole memory stick of seventies sitcoms to keep him occupied and importantly stuff to keep him alive Watney becomes the first farmer on Mars He knows he doesn t have enough food to last until the next mission to Mars is scheduled so he has to improvise Luckily the crew was to be there over the Thanksgiving holiday and for morale purposes NASA sent along potatoes with those all important eyes intact My morning piss Variante, Vol. 2 (Variante, goes in a resealable plastic box when I open it the rover reeks like a truck stop men s room I could take it outside and let it boil off But I worked hard to make that water and the last thing I moing to do is waste it I ll feed it to the water reclaimerEven precious is my manure It s critical to the potato farm and I m the only source on Mars Fortunately when you spend a lot of time in space you learn how to shit in a bag And if you think things are bad after opening the piss box imagine the smell after I drop anchor When he finds a way to communicate with Earth in one of his spectacular MacGuyver moments they tell him that he is Managers of Their Homes going to have to drive to another site where there is a rocket ship already delivered waiting for the next mission He will drive on terrain that looks like this The ship is in Giovanni Schiaparelli s crater Watney being Watney has a few juvenile observations about his arrival at the crater Tomorrow night I ll sink to an all new lowLemme rephrase thatTomorrow night I ll be at rock bottomNo that doesn t soundood eitherTomorrow night I ll be in Giovanni Schiaparelli s favorite holeOkay I admit I m just playing around now The science is unbelievable and since Andy Weir was a fifteen year old prodigy and is obviously still extremely bright in middle age I have to believe him that he has this all figured out Watney injects humor as he explains his innovative scientific brilliance which at times had my eyes Competitive Solutions glazed over trying to keep up So even as you areetting overwhelmed by the scie. Reaks down I’ll suffocate If the Water Reclaimer breaks down I’ll die of thirst If the Hab breaches I’ll just kind of. ,