The Martian by Andy Weir is Castaway in space. I planned to buy the Kindle edition in Russia, but between racing and finishing the existing books on my reading list I never got around to it. Yesterday I picked up a physical copy and raced through it in one sitting. Impressive book, impressive author. Check out Andy’s bio from the book jacket:
Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is a lifelong space nerd and devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.
Honestly, who doesn’t like studying orbital mechanics in their spare time?
The Martian reads like nonfiction, but the plot is well paced and engaging so the science and math fade into the background (or stand out, if that’s your thing). I’m looking forward to the movie and hoping Tom Hanks lands the role of Mark Watney. Recommended. ∞