Quotes / Space Pirates

Reach for the whiskey, boys.
Reach for the stars.
They won't stop us drinking on Venus or Mars.
Reach for the whiskey, boys.
Reach for the sky!'
The vacuum of space sucks the bottles all dry!
— The Senate, "Space Shanty"

"It is generally known that interplanetary piracy is financially unprofitable, which is best demonstrated by the fact that it is virtually non-existent."
Ijon Tichy, The Star Diaries, "The Twenty-Eighth Voyage"

Watney: I've been thinking about the laws on Mars. There's an international treaty saying no country can lay claim to anything that's not on Earth. By another treaty, if you're not in any country's territory then maritime law applies. So Mars is international waters. Now, NASA is an American organization, it owns the Hab. But the second I walk outside, I'm in international waters. So here's the cool part; I'm about to leave for Schiaparelli Crater where I'm going to commandeer the Ares IV lander. No one gave me explicit permission to do this, and they can't until I'm on board Ares IV. So I'm going to be taking over a vessel in international waters, which by definition... makes me a pirate. Mark Watney: Space Pirate.
[later, at NASA]
Kapoor: How's he doing?
Park: Okay, I guess... a little stir-crazy. He asked us to call him "Blondbeard."
Kapoor: Actually, maritime law
Park: No, yeah, he explained it.

Fifteen Orks on a dead man’s hulk,
Lookin’ down da barrel of a gun,
Gruntin’ at each ovah
Through big, sharp teeth,
Sayin’ “Dis one’ll give us some fun”

Fourteen Orks on a humie’s ship,
Killin’ anyfing dat isn’t green,
Gruntin’ at each ovah
through big, sharp teeth,
Sayin’ “Times be getting’ lean”

Thirteen Orks with the Captain’s chest,
Hopin’ to quench their greedy thirst,
Gruntin’ at each ovah
through big, sharp teeth
Sayin’ “I was da wun dat saw it first”

One lone Ork left to steal da loot,
Wishin’ it hadn’t turned out so,
Gruntin’ ta itself
through big, sharp teeth
Sayin’ “I shoulda let the pilot go!"
Ork Space Shanty, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada