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I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.
I don’t even know who’ll read this. I guess someone will find it eventually. Maybe a hundred years from now.
For the record… I didn’t die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them. Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.”
And it’ll be right, probably. ‘Cause I’ll surely die here. Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.
Let’s see… where to begin?
The Ares program. Mankind reaching out to Mars to send people to another planet for the very first time and expand the horizons of humanity blah, blah, blah. The Ares 1 crew did their thing and came back heroes. They got the parades and fame and love of the world.
Ares 2 did the same thing, in a different location on Mars. They got a firm handshake and a hot cup of coffee when they got home.
Ares 3. Well, that was my mission. Okay, not mine per se. Commander Lewis was in charge. I was just one of her crew. Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” of the mission if I were the only remaining person.
What do you know? I’m in command.
I wonder if this log will be recovered before the rest of the crew dies of old age. I presume they got back to Earth all right. Guys, if you’re reading this: It wasn’t your fault. You did what you had to do. In your position I would have done the same thing. I don’t blame you, and I’m glad you survived.
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etheria said: do you like Kim Stanley Robinson?
I honestly can’t remember whether or not I’ve read anything by Kim Stanley Robinson. So it’s probable that I haven’t… yet. What do you recommend?
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paulidus said: I’m about halfway through Dust, looking forward to see how it ends. I was a bit disappointed with Shift, apart from Donald’s section it didn’t reveal much.
Yeah, Shift kind of meandered and didn’t really feel like it went anywhere specific. Honestly, while I liked the series as a whole, I felt like the ending was kind of anticlimactic. Like, you already kind of know where everything is going, even if you don’t know exactly how all the pieces are going to fall. Although, weirdly, it felt less anticlimactic somehow when I reminded myself that the series was originally self-published as a series of novellas. If that makes sense. It was like remembering it retroactively calmed down some of the buildup towards the end, in my memory, or something. Haha.
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Getting off the computer early tonight and trying to figure out what I’m going to read next. Just finished the WOOL books. I got the first book of the Southern Reach trilogy, but I know the others are coming out in May and September, so I might wait until I have the whole thing. Possibly starting On Such A Full Sea. Or re-reading House Of Leaves again, like I’ve been threatening to do. Hmmm…
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consolecadet said: I dealt with POD a few times while I was doing book fulfillment. It’s def. A Thing with at least a few newer books. All the books at the company I work for are POD in Europe, since there’s not enough demand there to merit an entire print run.
I guess maybe e-readers have been cutting into it a lot, for one thing, huh? Somehow, I just thought it would take longer for print-on-demand to happen in a big way, but I guess it’s already started.
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galaxar said: print on demand? that’s so weird i had no idea that was a thing
I knew it was a thing, in the vague sense of “this is how all physical books are going to be sold In The Future”, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually encountered it IRL. Like I said, apparently it’s not something that is done with recent books very much; it’s usually older (out of print?) books. I wonder if the publisher is trying it out with newer books, as well…
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So I found out why I’ve never seen any of the other books related to WOOL in a bookstore. One of them is just sold out and you can still order it. The other one is actually print-on-demand. Like, there are no copies in a warehouse somewhere; the publisher literally just makes one and sends it out when you order it. I ordered both books, and the guy at Barnes & Noble was surprised that such a recent book was print-on-demand. Apparently, it’s usually older books.
Finished reading Scatter, Adapt, and Remember last night. Countdown is probably next, since I seem to be on sort of a nonfiction kick at the moment. But after that, it’s probably back to sci-fi.
I have Scatter, Adapt, and Remember on my to-read bookshelf. How was it?
I liked it. It was interestingly and accessibly written, and she referenced some other (science and sci-fi) stuff I’ve actually read (The World Without Us and McAuley’s The Quiet War among it). If you hadn’t heard of it already, I’d recommend it.
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Storytelling could be called the cultural backbone of human survival. There’s a reason that conquering armies often burn the books and libraries of their enemies. Extinguishing a people’s stories is a way of erasing their future. But when we remember those stories, they can steer us in a direction that leads away from death. In fact, stories about how humans might live in the future — sometimes known as science fiction — may be among the most important survival tools we have.
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
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