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Books like The Martian

Enjoyed The Martian? We’ve scoured the web for book blogs and looked at all of their recommendations for books that are similar to The Martian. Here are 12 books that you may like if you liked The Martian.

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Red Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson - 1993-11-01 (first published in 1992)
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In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research & cutting-edge science in the 1st of a trilogy chronicling the colonization of Mars:For eons, sandstorms have swept the desolate landscape. For centuries, Mars has beckoned humans to conquer its hostile climate. Now, in 2026, a group of 100 c...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams - 2005-01-01 (first published in 1979)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
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Packing for Mars
The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Mary Roach - 2011-04-04
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The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule, Mary Roach takes us on the surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth....
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The Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe - 2008-03-04 (first published in 1979)
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Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his ...
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Robert Charles Wilson - 2020-11-17
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Now in a Tor Essentials edition, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, a Hugo-winning novel of breathtaking cosmic scope.One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends,...
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Downbelow Station
C. J. Cherryh - 2008-12-02 (first published in 1981)
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A legend among sci-fi readers, C. J. Cherryh's Union-Alliance novels, while separate and complete in themselves, are part of a much larger tapestry—a future history spanning 5,000 years of human civilization. A blockbuster space opera of the rebellion between Earth and its far-flung colonies, it is a classic science fiction masterwork....
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Moving Mars
A Novel
Greg Bear - 2007-05-01 (first published in 1993)
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Moving Mars is a story of human courage and love set within the greater saga of a planetary liberation movement. Mars is a colonial world, governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of the Earthly powers to keep the best new inventions f...
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The War of the Worlds
H. G. Wells - 2002-03-12 (first published in 1897)
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Shortly after astronomers observe explosions on the surface of Mars, meteor-like objects begin crashing into Earth. Martians emerge from their craters in large tripods, wiping out army units with heat-rays as they roam the English countryside. When the order is given to evacuate London, all seems lost. But there is one minor detail that the Martian...
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Desolation Road
Ian McDonald - 2009-07-28 (first published in 1988)
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It all began thirty years ago on Mars, with a greenperson. But by the time it all finished, the town of Desolation Road had experienced every conceivable abnormality from Adam Black's Wonderful Travelling Chautauqua and Educational 'Stravaganza (complete with its very own captive angel) to the Astounding Tatterdemalion Air Bazaar. Its inhabitants r...
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Leaving Orbit
Margaret Lazarus Dean - 2016-05-17 (first published in 2015)
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Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a breathtaking elegy to the waning days of human spaceflight as we have known it.In the 1960s humans took their first steps away from Earth—and for a time our possibilities in space seemed endless. But in a time of austerity, and in the wake of high-profile disasters like Challenger, that dream has end...
The Sword of Rhiannon by Leigh Brackett