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** When trying to figure out how to intercept Beck and get back to the ''Hermes'', Mark proposes punching a hole in his suit and using it to fly like ''IronMan''.

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** When trying to figure out how to intercept Beck and get back to the ''Hermes'', Mark proposes punching a hole in his suit and using it to fly like ''IronMan''.''ComicBook/IronMan''.


* GenreSavy: When supplying for his journey to the Ares IV landing site, Mark sets aside an MRE pack for "Survived Something that Should've Killed Me" because he does that a lot over the course of the book.

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* GenreSavy: GenreSavvy: When supplying for his journey to the Ares IV landing site, Mark sets aside an MRE pack for "Survived Something that Should've Killed Me" because he does that a lot over the course of the book.


* AlmostOutOfOxygen: Averted. Oxygen was actually one of the few things Mark had an adequate supply of throughout his ordeal, since there was an oxygen maker, although there were a few cases where the problem was to access it. And of course, at the start of the novel, he almost dies from ''too much of it'', which he notes as being especially ironic.

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* AlmostOutOfOxygen: Averted. Oxygen was actually one of the few things Mark had an adequate supply of throughout his ordeal, since there was an oxygen maker, although there were a few cases where the problem was to access it. And of course, at the start of the novel, he almost dies from ''too much of it'', which he notes as being especially ironic. The real problem is filtering out the carbon dioxide, not getting enough oxygen.


* GenreSavy: When supplying for his journey to the Ares IV landing site, Mark sets aside an MRE pack for "Survived Something that Should've Killed Me" because he does that a lot over the course of the book.



* AGoodNameForARockBand: ''The Hermes Mutiny'' is discussed as a good name for a movie and ''[[Film/DieAnotherDay Live Another Sol]]'' is mentioned as an awesome name for a [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] movie.

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* AGoodNameForARockBand: ''The Hermes Mutiny'' is discussed as a good name for a movie and ''[[Film/DieAnotherDay Live Another Sol]]'' is mentioned as an awesome name for a [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] movie.movie (wherein Mark himself would play Q because he's a ScienceHero rather than an action one).


On MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness, the novel falls solidly in the "very damn hard" category. It utilizes accurate science and is based on technologies which are being researched for ReaLife manned Mars missions. No less an expert than UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson, who is no stranger to calling out films which don't fit the bill, praised its "crucial science".

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On MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness, the novel falls solidly in the "very damn hard" category. It utilizes accurate science and is based on technologies which are being researched for ReaLife RealLife manned Mars missions. No less an expert than UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson, who is no stranger to calling out films which don't fit the bill, praised its "crucial science".


Mark Watney is an astronaut who is part of the crew of the third manned mission to Mars. Soon after they land, the Martian weather gets too rough and the mission has to be abandoned. In the escape Watney is struck down by a piece of debris and presumed dead, and left on the planet. However, he survives, and with no obvious way to communicate with mission control, he has to use the limited resources on hand to survive until the next mission -- which is years away.

On MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness, the novel falls solidly in the "very damn hard" category. No less an expert than UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson, who is no stranger to calling out films which don't fit the bill, praised its "crucial science".

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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, Mark Watney is an astronaut who is part of the crew of the third manned mission to Mars. Soon after they land, the Martian weather gets too rough and the mission has to be abandoned. In the escape escape, Watney is struck down by a piece of debris and presumed dead, and left on the planet. However, he survives, and with survives. With no obvious way to communicate with mission control, he has to use the limited resources on hand to survive until the next mission -- which is years away.

away. In other words, a {{Robinsonade}} [[RecycledInSpace In SPAAAAACE]].

On MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness, the novel falls solidly in the "very damn hard" category. It utilizes accurate science and is based on technologies which are being researched for ReaLife manned Mars missions. No less an expert than UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson, who is no stranger to calling out films which don't fit the bill, praised its "crucial science".


* EnmityWithAnObject: By the end of the novel Mark he has been eating almost nothing but potatoes, and he ''hates'' them with a fiery passion. He also has no sentimental feelings for the entire planet of Mars itself, despite it being his home for over a year. [[spoiler:The first thing he does when he regains consciousness after reaching Mars' orbit is to yell "FUCK YOU" at the planet]].

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* EnmityWithAnObject: By the end of the novel Mark he has been eating almost nothing but potatoes, and he ''hates'' them with a fiery passion. He also has no sentimental feelings for the entire planet of Mars itself, despite it being his home for over a year. [[spoiler:The first thing he does when he regains consciousness after reaching Mars' orbit is to yell "FUCK YOU" at the planet]].

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* EnmityWithAnObject: By the end of the novel Mark he has been eating almost nothing but potatoes, and he ''hates'' them with a fiery passion. He also has no sentimental feelings for the entire planet of Mars itself, despite it being his home for over a year. [[spoiler:The first thing he does when he regains consciousness after reaching Mars' orbit is to yell "FUCK YOU" at the planet]].


* NoEnding:
** [[spoiler:The book ends with Mark recuperating immediately after his return to the ''Hermes''. We never see their return to Earth, there is no WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.]]
** [[spoiler:There used to be a couple of paragraphs as a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, but it was edited away when the story got a publisher. In it, Mark muses about meeting the Ares 6 engineer to instruct her, then he is approached by a little boy who knows of his story and asks if he would ever go back to Mars. Mark, to the dismay of the kid's mother, replies with a PrecisionFStrike.[[note]]"Are you fucking kidding?"[[/note]]]] (We aren't told the kid's reaction or whether he experiences it as a BrokenPedestal moment.)


* BrokenFaceplate: [[spoiler:After the seal around one of the Hab airlocks rips and the pressure blasts the airlock out, with Mark inside it,]] Mark has the faceplate of his helmet shattered. He is trapped in a pressured environment with a slow leak, and needs to {{MacGyver|ing}} a way to seal it before he can go anywhere. [[spoiler:He ends up cutting the left arm off his suit, tucking that arm against his chest, sealing the hole where the arm was, then using part of the suit's arm as an emergency patch, using the camera on the other arm to see.]]



* BrokenFaceplate: [[spoiler:After the seal around one of the Hab airlocks rips and the pressure blasts the airlock out, with Mark inside it,]] Mark has the faceplate of his helmet shattered. He is trapped in a pressured environment with a slow leak, and needs to {{MacGyver|ing}} a way to seal it before he can go anywhere. [[spoiler:He ends up cutting the left arm off his suit, tucking that arm against his chest, sealing the hole where the arm was, then using part of the suit's arm as an emergency patch, using the camera on the other arm to see.]]



* ClusterFBomb:
** Mark swears all the time. And given the situation, wouldn't you?
** Annie Montrose can't open her mouth without doing this. And she's the NASA ''communications director''.



* ClusterFBomb:
** Mark swears all the time. And given the situation, wouldn't you?
** Annie Montrose can't open her mouth without doing this. And she's the NASA ''communications director''.



* NobodyPoops: Averted in a plot-relevant way: like everything else, Watney puts his waste (and that of his recently-departed crew) to good use, saving it wherever he can. Bonus points for ingenuity: while using his own solid waste for fertilizer and running his liquid waste through the water reclaimer for water is kind of a given, one wouldn't usually expect him to [[spoiler:electrolyze his piss to create rocket fuel for the Ares 4 MAV.]] He even lampshades that given his potato-heavy diet, he's glad that no one is around.
** A healthy dose of added irony there: his first priority is turning leftover rocket fuel into water. At the end, he has to turn leftover water into rocket fuel. And NASA tersely instructs him to stop discarding his piss.



* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Wikipedia, CNN, and NASA still exist as entities, and Mark's crew bring along old TV shows and music from the '60s and '70s to watch. The only author mentioned in the crew's collection of reading material is Creator/AgathaChristie. No mention is made of the names of celebrities or pop culture of the future.



* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Wikipedia, CNN, and NASA still exist as entities, and Mark's crew bring along old TV shows and music from the '60s and '70s to watch. The only author mentioned in the crew's collection of reading material is Creator/AgathaChristie. No mention is made of the names of celebrities or pop culture of the future.



* NobodyPoops: Averted in a plot-relevant way: like everything else, Watney puts his waste (and that of his recently-departed crew) to good use, saving it wherever he can. Bonus points for ingenuity: while using his own solid waste for fertilizer and running his liquid waste through the water reclaimer for water is kind of a given, one wouldn't usually expect him to [[spoiler:electrolyze his piss to create rocket fuel for the Ares 4 MAV.]] He even lampshades that given his potato-heavy diet, he's glad that no one is around.
** A healthy dose of added irony there: his first priority is turning leftover rocket fuel into water. At the end, he has to turn leftover water into rocket fuel. And NASA tersely instructs him to stop discarding his piss.



* SophisticatedAsHell: The Mission Control guys drop some "hell" phrases during their protocol speech when the Ares crew commit their mutiny.



* SophisticatedAsHell: The Mission Control guys drop some "hell" phrases during their protocol speech when the Ares crew commit their mutiny.



* SpaceIsolationHorror: This story might take place on the surface of Mars rather than in space per se, but it still has all the trappings of this trope. Watney is marooned {{Robinsonade}}-style on a barren planet without a breathable atmosphere, one sufficiently serious equipment failure from dying in a variety of unpleasant ways and with a very limited supply of food and other consumables. A rescue mission would take many, many months to reach him even if the rest of his crew and MissionControl didn't think he was dead, and [[TheRadioDiesFirst the outpost's communications were irreparably trashed during the same accident that got him into this mess]] so he can't send a distress call. Oh, and did we mention the fact that [[TheAloner he has nobody to talk to but his diary?]]



* SpaceIsolationHorror: This story might take place on the surface of Mars rather than in space per se, but it still has all the trappings of this trope. Watney is marooned {{Robinsonade}}-style on a barren planet without a breathable atmosphere, one sufficiently serious equipment failure from dying in a variety of unpleasant ways and with a very limited supply of food and other consumables. A rescue mission would take many, many months to reach him even if the rest of his crew and MissionControl didn't think he was dead, and [[TheRadioDiesFirst the outpost's communications were irreparably trashed during the same accident that got him into this mess]] so he can't send a distress call. Oh, and did we mention the fact that [[TheAloner he has nobody to talk to but his diary?]]


** [[spoiler:The book ends with Mark recuperating immediately after his return to the ''Hermes''. We never see their return to Earth, there is no WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. The film adaptation does have one, however.]]

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** [[spoiler:The book ends with Mark recuperating immediately after his return to the ''Hermes''. We never see their return to Earth, there is no WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. The film adaptation does have one, however.]]



* SeinfeldianConversation: Mark maintains a pretty constant one with his logbook. One constant in the book that licensing made [[AdaptedOut too expensive to put in the movie]] is that Commander Lewis didn't just have a huge collection of [[TheSeventies '70s]] {{Disco}} music; she had an equally huge collection of '70s ''television shows''. One scene has Mark sleeping as a muted clip of ''Series/HappyDays'' plays on a screen in the [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background]], but the bulk of what inspires Mark to fill his log entries with FridgeLogic is not referenced;

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* SeinfeldianConversation: Mark maintains a pretty constant one with his logbook. One constant in the book that licensing made [[AdaptedOut too expensive to put in the movie]] is that Commander Lewis didn't just have a huge collection of [[TheSeventies '70s]] {{Disco}} music; she had an equally huge collection of '70s ''television shows''. One scene has Mark sleeping as a muted clip of ''Series/HappyDays'' plays on a screen in the [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background]], but the bulk of what inspires shows'', which inspire Mark to fill his log entries with FridgeLogic is not referenced;FridgeLogic:



** When trying to figure out how to intercept Beck and get back to the ''Hermes'', Mark proposes punching a hole in his suit and using it to fly like ''IronMan''. [[spoiler:In [[Film/TheMartian the film]], this actually happens]].

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** When trying to figure out how to intercept Beck and get back to the ''Hermes'', Mark proposes punching a hole in his suit and using it to fly like ''IronMan''. [[spoiler:In [[Film/TheMartian the film]], this actually happens]].



** And indeed, the scene plays out ''exactly'' as he described it happening in a movie [[Film/TheMartian in the movie]].


** Mark: It's true, you know. [[Film/{{Alien}} In space, no one can hear you scream]] [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl like a little girl]].[[note]]Becomes HilariousInHindsight considering who would later [[Film/TheMartian direct the film adaptation.]][[/note]]

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** Mark: It's true, you know. [[Film/{{Alien}} In space, no one can hear you scream]] [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl like a little girl]].[[note]]Becomes HilariousInHindsight considering who would later [[Film/TheMartian direct the film adaptation.]][[/note]]


* BadassBookworm: One character [[note]]the one who figures out how to rescue Mark[[/note]] receives the traditional UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} accolade:
--> Houston, be advised: Rich Purnell is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Aaron steely-eyed missile man]].



* BilingualBonus: Vogel knows something's up with a message, apparently from his schoolteacher wife, titled "unsere kinder" (our children) -- "Kinder" is uncapitalized (a basic blunder made by non-German speakers, and one he notes she probably would not make), ''and'' they usually called their kids "die Affen" (the monkeys).



* ClassClown: Martinez, who loves bad jokes, and Watney, who consistently ''makes'' bad jokes. Watney's note to Martinez implies they were good friends during the mission, as Watney does YourMom jokes.

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* ClassClown: Martinez, who loves bad jokes, and Watney, who consistently ''makes'' bad jokes. Watney's note to Martinez implies they were good friends during the mission, as Watney does YourMom jokes.mission.


* GilliganCut: Mark makes water out of hydrazine and his oxygen stores, and ends Day 34 of his journal by writing "I have a chance to live after all!" The next journal entry starts with "I am fucked, and I'm gonna die!" Turns out that his hydrazine-to-water process led to a huge concentration of highly combustible hydrogen. "The Hab[[note]]the crew's home on Mars[[/note]] is now a bomb."


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* IronicEchoCut: Mark makes water out of hydrazine and his oxygen stores, and ends Day 34 of his journal by writing "I have a chance to live after all!" The next journal entry starts with "I am fucked, and I'm gonna die!" Turns out that his hydrazine-to-water process led to a huge concentration of highly combustible hydrogen. "The Hab[[note]]the crew's home on Mars[[/note]] is now a bomb."


*** Martian soil contains fairly high amounts of perchlorate salt, which would make farming considerably more difficult if not impossible. However, at the time the book was written [[ScienceMarchesOn this was not yet known]] -- and some experiments undertaken since have shown potatoes to have a higher perchlorate tolerance than previously thought.

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*** Martian soil contains fairly high amounts of perchlorate salt, which would make farming considerably more difficult if not impossible. However, at the time the book was written [[ScienceMarchesOn this was not yet known]] known -- and some experiments undertaken since have shown potatoes to have a higher perchlorate tolerance than previously thought.



* {{Defictionalization}}: Mark jokes about the people back on Earth following his progress at www.watch-mark-watney-die.com. There really is a website with that address; unfortunately it only has a note that a hardcover publication of the story is "coming soon."



* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Mark, getting tired of reporting the amount of power his various devices consume in kilowatt-hours per sol[[note]]Martian solar day[[/note]], invents a new unit of measurement: the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pirate-ninja]]. In conventional units, that's an average power of about 40.6 watts. In an example of {{Defictionalization}}, in an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SemyzKgaUU interview]] with [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage]], Andy Weir noted that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Curiosity rover team has taken to referring to watt-hours per sol as milli-pirate-ninjas.

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* FantasticMeasurementSystem: Mark, getting tired of reporting the amount of power his various devices consume in kilowatt-hours per sol[[note]]Martian solar day[[/note]], invents a new unit of measurement: the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pirate-ninja]]. In conventional units, that's an average power of about 40.6 watts. In an example of {{Defictionalization}}, in an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SemyzKgaUU interview]] with [[Series/MythBusters Adam Savage]], Andy Weir noted that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Curiosity rover team has taken to referring to watt-hours per sol as milli-pirate-ninjas.



* SeinfeldianConversation: Mark maintains a pretty constant one with his logbook. One constant in the book that [[ScrewedByTheLawyers licensing]] made [[AdaptedOut too expensive to put in the movie]] is that Commander Lewis didn't just have a huge collection of [[TheSeventies '70s]] {{Disco}} music; she had an equally huge collection of '70s ''television shows''. One scene has Mark sleeping as a muted clip of ''Series/HappyDays'' plays on a screen in the [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background]], but the bulk of what inspires Mark to fill his log entries with FridgeLogic is not referenced;

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* SeinfeldianConversation: Mark maintains a pretty constant one with his logbook. One constant in the book that [[ScrewedByTheLawyers licensing]] licensing made [[AdaptedOut too expensive to put in the movie]] is that Commander Lewis didn't just have a huge collection of [[TheSeventies '70s]] {{Disco}} music; she had an equally huge collection of '70s ''television shows''. One scene has Mark sleeping as a muted clip of ''Series/HappyDays'' plays on a screen in the [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background]], but the bulk of what inspires Mark to fill his log entries with FridgeLogic is not referenced;



* StickySituation: Mark, when repairing his helmet's faceplate, applies resin designed for suit repairs that solidifies in 60 seconds [[WhatAnIdiot with his fingers]], and holds the patch he uses to make the repair on with said fingers as it dries. HilarityEnsues.

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* StickySituation: Mark, when repairing his helmet's faceplate, applies resin designed for suit repairs that solidifies in 60 seconds [[WhatAnIdiot with his fingers]], fingers, and holds the patch he uses to make the repair on with said fingers as it dries. HilarityEnsues.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Although in real life a Mars mission is probably 20 years away (as of 2014), the novel seems set at most in five years or so in the future. A fan calculated from orbital mechanics (and [[WordOfGod Andy Weir confirmed]]) that the book begins on November 12, 2035 and ends on May 24, 2037.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Although in real life a Mars mission is probably 20 years away (as of 2014), the novel seems set at most in five years or so in the future. A fan calculated from orbital mechanics (and [[WordOfGod Andy Weir confirmed]]) confirmed) that the book begins on November 12, 2035 and ends on May 24, 2037.

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