The Martian

An American astronaut and botanist, Mark Watney, who became stranded alone on Mars for 564 days during a sandstorm on the Ares 3 mission in the year 2035.

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Andrew Weir
Science Fiction, Adventure
27 Sept 2012
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Author's Introduction

Andrew Taylor Weir is an American novelist famously known for The Martian and Artemis. He received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016. He also worked as a computer programmer for much of his life.

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Fiction, Science Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Humorous Science Fiction, Suspense Thrillers, Adventure FIction.

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"The Martian" Quotes

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

“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.”
How come Aquaman can control whales? "They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”

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

“LOG ENTRY: SOL 381 I’ve been thinking about laws on Mars.

Yeah, I know, it’s a stupid thing to think about, but I have a lot of free time.

There’s an international treaty saying no country can lay claim to anything that’s not on Earth. And by another treaty, if you’re not in any country’s territory, maritime law applies.

So Mars is “international waters.”

NASA is an American nonmilitary organization, and it owns the Hab. So while I’m in the Hab, American law applies. As soon as I step outside, I’m in international waters. Then when I get in the rover, I’m back to American law.

Here’s the cool part: I will eventually go to Schiaparelli and commandeer the Ares 4 lander. Nobody explicitly gave me permission to do this, and they can’t until I’m aboard Ares 4 and operating the comm system. After I board Ares 4, before talking to NASA, I will take control of a craft in international waters without permission.

That makes me a pirate! A space pirate!”

“Everything went great right up to the explosion.”

“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!”

“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.”

Literary Awards

Audie Award for Science Fiction (2015)

John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2015)

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Note: The Martian has themes like Suspense and Thriller, but does not include in the literary fiction subgenres because it's not literary canon.