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Photo of Mars and Astronaut. Source: NASA


The Martian by Andy Weir

"For the record... I didn't die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew though 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.' " ~ The Martian, by Andy Weir

This paragraph, found on the first page of the book, sets the tone of this gripping novel. Mark Watney is left behind on Mars, with the bare minimum of supplies, and his fellow crew members think he's dead. He has no idea when, or if, he will be rescued. How can he scrape together an existence on this barren landscape? This timely novel explores not only the real challenges that could face our future Mars explorers, but also paints a portrait of the strength of the human spirit.

Watch this space for information about events that we're hosting to support this book. Check out these websites for information on the author, as well as the topics of Mars, space exploration, and human's capacity for survival. There is also a bibliography of books that you may find interesting.


Events, Spring Semester 2016:

  • February 10, 2016:  The Martian Launch Party: 12-2:30, Student Activity Center
  • February 18, 2016:  Movie and Discussion:   Alien  5:30 p.m., MCW113
  • March 3, 2016:  Movie and Discussion:   Bladerunner  3:30 p.m., MCW113
  • March 17, 2016: Movie and Discussion: Interstellar  3:00 p.m., MCW113
  • April 12 – 14, 2016: Diversity Festival
    • Panel Discussion, MCW113
    • Poetry Slam
    • Martian Science Demonstration
    • Movie and Discussion: The Martian
  • May: Essay & Poetry Contest winners announced

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Bibliography:

The Martian chronicles. Ray Bradbury 1920-; 1958. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (PZ3.B72453 Mar2 )

The next space age. Christopher Mari; 2008. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (TL 790 .N45 2008 )

Pale blue dot : a vision of the human future in space. Carl Sagan 1934-1996.; c1994. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (QB500.262 .S24 1994 )

Planets : a very short introduction. David A. Rothery; 2010. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (QB 361 .R68 2010 )

The right stuff. Tom Wolfe; [2008], c1979. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (TL 789.8.U5 W64 2008 )

To rise from earth : an easy-to-understand guide to spaceflight. Wayne Lee; 2000. Available at Ventura College Reference Plate - Library (Ref TL793 .L3137 1999 )

Roving Mars : Spirit, Opportunity, and the exploration of the red planet. Steven W. Squyres; c2005. Available at Ventura College Display Case (QB 641 .S678 2005 )

Solar system : a visual exploration of the planets, moons, and other heavenly bodies that orbit our sun. Marcus Chown; c2011. Available at Ventura College Reference Plate - Library (Ref QB 501 .C56 2011 )

Space and the American imagination. Howard E. McCurdy;c 1997. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (TL789.8.U5 M338 1997 )

Space chronicles : facing the ultimate frontier. Neil deGrasse Tyson; Avis Lang; c2012. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (TL 789.8 .U5 T97 2012

Space exploration. Christopher Mari; 1999. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (TL791 .S65 1999 )

Space exploration and humanity : a historical encyclopedia. Stephen B. Johnson 1959-; Timothy M Chamberlin; David Leverington. 1941-; American Astronautical Society. History Committee.;c2010. Available at Ventura College Reference Plate - Library (Ref TL 788.5 .S636 2010 ) 

Space exploration : triumphs and tragedies. Kimberly Masters Evans; Information Plus (Firm : Wylie, Tex.); Gale Group.; c2013. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (OV TL 791 .S63 2012 ) and other locations

Space, the dormant frontier : changing the paradigm for the 21st century. Joan Johnson-Freese; Roger Handberg;1997. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (TL789.8.U5 J65 1997 )

Stranger in a strange land. Robert A. Heinlein (Robert Anson), 1907-1988.;1987. Available at Ventura College Main Stacks - Library (PS3515.E38 S77 1987 )

Visions of Mars. Olivier de Goursac; 2005. Available at Ventura College Display Case (QB 641 .G6913 2005 )

Worlds on fire : volcanoes on the Earth, the moon, Mars, Venus, and Io. Charles Frankel; 2005. Available at Ventura College Display Case (QB 603 .V65 F73 2005 )