The Martian by Andy Weir
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- Imprint: Broadway Books
- On sale: October 28, 2014
- Price: $15.00
- Pages: 400 pages
- ISBN: 9780553418026
Select Praise for THE MARTIAN:
“Brilliant . . . A celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years . . . Utterly compelling.” —Wall Street Journal
“Andy Weir delivers with The Martian . . . a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, nonfiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”
“Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy . . . Succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.” —USA Today
“An impressively geeky debut . . . The technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the USA still has the Right Stuff?” —Entertainment Weekly
“[Filled with] more than enough science and technology for the technically literate . . . [The Martian] builds up the kind of narrative tension captured in the Oscar best-picture contender Gravity.” —CNN.com
“Gripping . . . [Features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It’s hard not to be swept up in [Weir’s] vision and root for every one of these characters.
Grade: A.” —AVClub.com
Apollo 13 meets Castaway in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-versus-nature survival thriller—set on the surface of Mars.
Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on the surface of Mars. Now he may be the first person to die there.
Andy Weir’s brilliant debut novel, THE MARTIAN (Broadway Books, October 28, 2014), a riveting story of survival against all odds set in space, is already a publishing phenomenon. Originally self-published as a 99-cent ebook, it became a word-of-mouth hit and drew the attention of publishers and Hollywood alike. When Crown snapped up the rights and published our revised hardcover edition in February, the book soared to new heights, becoming an instant New York Times, USA Today, and indie bestseller, as well as leaping up the bestseller lists in England. And the story’s just getting started. Soon, THE MARTIAN will be published in 26 countries worldwide. Meanwhile, director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus) is currently casting the film adaptation for Twentieth Century Fox, with Matt Damon already attached as the lead, and a tentative release date of November 2015.
THE MARTIANtells the story of wisecracking astronaut Mark Watney, a crew member on the third manned mission to Mars. After an epic dust storm threatens the crew’s ascent, they are forced to abort the mission. Watney, separated from the rest of the team, is unintentionally abandoned, with the rest of the crew believing him to be dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his MacGyver-esque ingenuity, mechanical engineering skills, and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit, he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.
In THE MARTIAN, all of the obstacles Weir’s hero confronts, and the solutions he engineers, are entirely believable and science-based thanks in large part to Weir’s relentless research and fascination with NASA, orbital mechanics, relativistic physics, astronomy, and the history of manned spaceflight. If we started planning a manned mission to Mars tomorrow, it would look a lot like what’s depicted in these pages. Weir even calculated the various orbital paths involved in the story to make the physics of space travel as accurate as possible, which required him to write his own software.
THE MARTIAN just might be the most immersive, believable suspense novel you’ve ever read—a book not just for thriller readers, but for fans of man-versus-nature tales like A Perfect Storm, Shadow Divers, 127 Hours, Apollo 13, Robinson Crusoe, and Castaway.
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 such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.