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The Martian  by Andy Weir  was the 60th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.



Reading period: May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014



How/Why was this book chosen: Veronica chose it after her and Tom's interview with the author and the group's interest in the book.


Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of The Martian



Sword & Laser Podcasts and Videos: Kick Off: S&L 171   Wrap Up: S&L 176


The Martian by Andy WeirEdit

Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already 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 ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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