Back when it came out in paperback, I read and LOVED Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN, because Mars. Also: potatoes.
When I saw he had a new book coming out, I preordered it. Then I forgot I had preordered it and, as soon as it came out in hardback, I ordered it. In hardback! The preorder arrived two hours after I had placed that second order, and I thought: What the fork? But it was my own forgetfulness that had caused the anomaly, not corporate creepiness, so that’s all right.
ANYWAY, the new book isn’t quite as good as the first because not Mars and no potatoes, but still most excellent because space and science. Plus, my very most favorite thing in science fiction: non-humanoid aliens. Oh — the name of the book is PROJECT HAIL MARY. For anybody who doesn’t know, a “hail Mary” is a desperate, last-ditch effort that is probably, but not definitely, doomed to fail.
In this case, it’s a space mission to discover a way to save Earth from planet-wide destruction. Prime obstacle: The long-term induced coma used to carry the science expert through the trip has left his brains a little scrambled. He doesn’t remember where he is or what he’s supposed to do or why he’s supposed to do it.
That gradually passes, and we learn his backstory and mission along with him, as he sciences his way through … well … no more spoilers, but just say lots of sciencey adventures.
I would have liked more character development in his companion in jeopardy, but the book is already 475 pages long; if it were any longer, I would have broken my nose if I had gone to sleep reading it in bed.
Here are my nails this week. The base is BLK‘s Don’t Go To Sleep!, stamped with Maniology‘s Unicorn Horn and Bam! White. The plate is Maniology MXM051 — that’s exclusive to Mani X Me members, but Maniology has tons of super flower plates! Remember to use my coupon code MomGoth10 for 10% off your order (except for sales and subscription boxes).
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about space — outer, inner, gardening, any kind.