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Monday, February 24, 2014 9:37 am
The Future Could Be Funny, People
Posted by: Karen Kleckner Keefe

martianIt’s rare enough to see a debut novel on the New York Times Bestseller List. But a Science Fiction debut? Wow! This is why Andy Weir’s clever thriller, The Martian is worth a look. Astronaut Mark Watney is left for dead when his crew leaves Mars after a disasterous dust storm. Not only is he not dead, he’s literally the only person left on the planet and pretty sure that nobody’s coming back for him. His industrious attempts at survival are at turns heroic and harrowing. Mark’s wry perspective on his future makes this page-turner more than just a futuristic thriller. This is a call-in-sick, lie-to-the-kids, eat-meals-in-your-bed, genre-defying great read.

For science fiction fans who enjoy a little levity with their light sabers, recommend:  

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

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