In the list of my favourite books, Andy Weir’s The Martain has gone right to the top. When NASA astronaut Mark Watney is thought to be dead and left stranded on Mars he has to science the shit out of the planet in order to survive. What follows is possibly the funniest science based survival book I have ever read.

I’m stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 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 yeah. I’m screwed.

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