Andy Weir isn’t just living a publishing dream. He may have also saved the space program in the process.
I’ll try to defend that bold statement in a moment. But first, let’s look at the marvel that is “The Martian.”
This book — placed on my desk by a colleague who was certain I’d find it fascinating (correct) — is the tale of an American astronaut stranded on Mars. He has to use his wits, plus a lot of duct tape and back-of-the-envelope calculations, to stay alive in an extremely hostile environment. It’s Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.