Live Video Chat With Mary Roach

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Patrick Brown:
Aug 03, 2010 12:44PM
Join us as we chat with Mary Roach about her new book .Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
Jennifer Lowe:
Aug 16, 2010 11:50AM
Cool! I loved "Stiff" - hope I can make it to this!
Nicole Log:
Aug 16, 2010 11:55AM
I LOVED Stiff by Mary Roach, I'd love to catch this, though I'm unsure if I'll be able to. :( I'll certainly try though!
Chriss Cornish:
Aug 16, 2010 11:57AM
Ooo, I'll try to make it. I loved "Spook" and the trailer for "Packing For Mars" is one of the 20 in my Book Trailer Gold post ( http://www.morevikings.com/recs-and-r... )
Stephanie.:
Aug 16, 2010 12:07PM
Argh. This starts an hour before I get off work. Would have loved to participate. I loved Stiff & Bonk!
Praj:
Aug 16, 2010 12:10PM
when does this chat starts?im in Bombay and its midnight here?
Jaclyn:
Aug 16, 2010 12:11PM
Praj: It'd be 3am for you.
Praj:
Aug 16, 2010 12:12PM
wow! thanx jaclyn..i'll try and make it:)
Lori Flatland:
Aug 16, 2010 12:18PM
so excited! i just love her!
Jaclyn:
Aug 16, 2010 12:20PM
Sure thing. :)
Donna Miley-Figueroa:
Aug 16, 2010 12:29PM
I would love to but I will be on the train home! I don't think I will get service underground...
Wendy Thiessen:
Aug 16, 2010 12:38PM
Saw her talking about this on The Daily Show last week. It sounds great. Just started reading Spook. Loved Stiff and enjoyed Bonk as well.
Leona Coffee:
Aug 16, 2010 12:40PM
Thanks for the invitation! Not sure I can make it, as I'm usually commuting at that time... Will be be reading the book, for sure.
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 12:40PM
For those who can't make it, we will be recording it and posting it on her author profile and a few other places later this week.
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 12:41PM
Also, if you want to ask a question, feel free to ask it now. I'll try to keep track and ask her when the chat starts.
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 12:41PM
To ask a question, type "Question: " (without the quotes) at the beginning of your post.
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 01:33PM
Amelia: I think it's actually Question: (without the quotes). But no worries! I've got your question on the list already.
Kristen Addonizio:
Aug 16, 2010 01:39PM
Question: How do you pick your topics? Do you have a list that you are tackling or does something just strike you as you go about your life enough to make you want to research it and turn it into a book?
Cindy W:
Aug 16, 2010 01:43PM
Question: What is your writing process like? Has it evolved over the years?
Kevin Cadigan:
Aug 16, 2010 01:47PM
Question: Have you ever regretted some of the more personal details that you shared in your book, Bonk?
Ian Mcguire:
Aug 16, 2010 01:57PM
Hey Mary, I don't have a question, I just wanted to thank you for making me hands down THE creepy guy at work after listening to the Stiff audio book! Love your work, and can't wait to read Packing for Mars!
Dionisia:
Aug 16, 2010 02:13PM
Question: How did you come up with the title for this latest book?
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 02:29PM
Question: (I know somebody else asked about the topics you write about, so I'm only piggy-backing off that idea - do you take suggestions or do you get annoyed by them? (I've always wanted to read a book by you on the history of torture...)
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 02:32PM
Question: If you open your helmet in space, do you instantly freeze or explode? Or both? Or something else entirely?
Beth P:
Aug 16, 2010 02:33PM
Hi Mary- Do you remember the woman that came from Florida to attend your reading @ a book store in Oakland in 2007? I even told you that I was your "biggest fan"? (which admittedly, sounds pretty creepster, looking back! haha) I just wanted to say good luck & that I'm SO looking forward to another Mary Roach book!!
Dionisia:
Aug 16, 2010 02:43PM
Question: Did you get a chance to try out/test any of the space simulations you mention in your book?
Clay Painter:
Aug 16, 2010 02:58PM
After finishing your most recent book, do you think that the colinization of Mars is a viable goal?
Curtis Schofield:
Aug 16, 2010 02:59PM
Question: Is it yellow?
Curtis Schofield:
Aug 16, 2010 03:00PM
Quest: is this black?
Recynd:
Aug 16, 2010 03:03PM
(Have we started?)
Karen:
Aug 16, 2010 03:04PM
It's 3:04 and my stream window shows "Off Air". How do I get this webcast?
Louise Yang:
Aug 16, 2010 03:04PM
Not yet. Some technical difficulties, but we hope to start soon!
Lisa Vegan:
Aug 16, 2010 03:05PM
I loved Stiff and I'm especially looking forward to Packing for Mars.
Jason:
Aug 16, 2010 03:05PM
Thanks for the heads-up Habecker.
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:05PM
No worries.
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:05PM
: )
Jen:
Aug 16, 2010 03:06PM
Love your books, Mary! Always fascinating and funny. I can't wait to read "Mars."
Otis Chandler:
Aug 16, 2010 03:06PM
starting... can you see it?
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 03:07PM
Refresh your browser.
Recynd:
Aug 16, 2010 03:07PM
(I see it...success!)
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:07PM
ys
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:08PM
Good Q, Phil. And THANKS :D
Lindzie Head:
Aug 16, 2010 03:08PM
I have 2 books on hold at the library...can't wait
Curtis Schofield:
Aug 16, 2010 03:08PM
yay! welcome!
Otis Chandler:
Aug 16, 2010 03:09PM
slight video delay, but audio is good!
Kristen Addonizio:
Aug 16, 2010 03:11PM
Question: what experience has made you the most uncomfortable when researching for one of your books?
Lisa:
Aug 16, 2010 03:12PM
Question: As an outsider to the industires you've worked with, how do you get access to the experts?
Recynd:
Aug 16, 2010 03:13PM
QUESTION: Your writing often reminds me of Erma Bombeck (that's a good thing); what journalists/authors inspire you?
Klaudia Lourde:
Aug 16, 2010 03:13PM
Question: Hi! I absolutely loved Stiff. I was wondering why You chose a longer title for your new book, versus "Spook " or "Bonk", all of which were quite catchy.
Jess:
Aug 16, 2010 03:16PM
Question: Is there a book tour for the release of "Packing For Mars"?
Connie Alderman:
Aug 16, 2010 03:16PM
Loved Stiff...what interested you about cadavers to begin with? Morbidity? the only problem I see is what to do with my body when I die.
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:17PM
Question: Did YOU vomit?
Eric Bingham:
Aug 16, 2010 03:18PM
I loved the book Stiff, but whenever I recommend it to my friends, they look at me like I'm crazy or morbid for enjoying a book about dead people. How do you overcome that notion when you recommend that book?
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 03:19PM
Jess: Yes, I'll post a link to the dates in a bit.
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:20PM
No - you're going to love this book BECAUSE it's got that morbid subject matter!
Jess:
Aug 16, 2010 03:20PM
Thanks, Patrick
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:20PM
she barfed?? lol what kinda question is that lol gtg
Recynd:
Aug 16, 2010 03:21PM
Question (when you get to it): Are you still writing for Reader's Digest? How did you land THAT gig?!
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 03:21PM
thank you, paul!
Jennifer Perrine:
Aug 16, 2010 03:23PM
Question: One of my favorite aspects of your books is your use of footnotes to add extra, interesting tidbits of information that might not fit with the main narrative. Do you have a stockpile of quirky trivia that you had to leave out of your books, that didn't manage to make it into footnotes? And if so, what do you most wish you could have included?
Chriss Cornish:
Aug 16, 2010 03:23PM
Yeah, I love the footnotes, as well.
Connie Alderman:
Aug 16, 2010 03:24PM
What fact interested you most in researching Stiff?
Bethany:
Aug 16, 2010 03:24PM
Agreed. Great question Jennifer.
Kristen Addonizio:
Aug 16, 2010 03:25PM
I want to know the footnotes question too
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:25PM
and they're RECORDING it... eek! hahaha
Klaudia Lourde:
Aug 16, 2010 03:25PM
Question: Your humour and whimsical approach to science and nature make your books interesting to people of all trades; what kind of books do you like to read?
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:25PM
k so what r we talking bout
Michael Economy:
Aug 16, 2010 03:27PM
oh my...
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:27PM
very humbling indeed.
Kristen Addonizio:
Aug 16, 2010 03:27PM
Question:What is the weirdest fan experience you've ever had?
Misty Gray:
Aug 16, 2010 03:28PM
Thank you Jennifer, for bring that up!
Eric Bingham:
Aug 16, 2010 03:30PM
In your first 3 books about death, afterlife, and sex, did you ever come across something that you really wanted to include in your book, but didn't because it was too questionable or controversial?
Megan Hartwig:
Aug 16, 2010 03:31PM
are there any topics that you will absolutely not touch and why.
Kat:
Aug 16, 2010 03:31PM
Do you hate the haters?
Bethany:
Aug 16, 2010 03:32PM
It seems like cadavers would be good testing subjects for this vacuum.
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:32PM
Question:Soory to ask this but who are you i've never heard of you...
Michael Economy:
Aug 16, 2010 03:33PM
101 ! 10V3 CH33$3 see bio on the right side of this page
Kate Weiss-Duncan:
Aug 16, 2010 03:33PM
I work at a little independent bookstore in Pennsylvania, and your book has been doing great here. Staff recommends it a lot to people who are buying a gift book for someone they don’t know very well. Thanks for doing a book about space travel! (a particular interest of mine), but we love all your books.
Katrina:
Aug 16, 2010 03:33PM
Good Questions Eric and Megan!!!
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:34PM
well it's really far away!
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:35PM
MICHAEL ECNOMY uh huh.......
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:35PM
I saw that Stephen Hawking recently said he was certain extra terrestrial life exists - do you cover that in your book? And what do you think?
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:35PM
gosh brb
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:36PM
You rock!
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:37PM
Who are you?
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:38PM
who?
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:38PM
wut
Jess:
Aug 16, 2010 03:38PM
Question: After writing this book, is space travel something you would want to experience personally?
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:38PM
Mary Roach who is she
James Kittredge:
Aug 16, 2010 03:39PM
How did your research and preparation process for this book differ from that of your previous ones?
Ella Johnson:
Aug 16, 2010 03:39PM
HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:39PM
Question: If you would decide would you see yourself writing books all your life??
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 03:39PM
If you haven't seen it yet, please check out the trailer for Packing for Mars: http://www.goodreads.com/videos/show/...
Misty Gray:
Aug 16, 2010 03:40PM
Question: Does your research ever prove difficult to access? Do you ever find it hard to get your hands on the information that you need?
Lisarenee (Seduced By A Book):
Aug 16, 2010 03:40PM
Mary, Sorry if this has been asked before, how did you get access to all the information for your book Packing for Mars?
Kristen Addonizio:
Aug 16, 2010 03:40PM
Question: what were you most interested in during high school?
Ella Johnson:
Aug 16, 2010 03:40PM
Do you like Harry Potter?
Kevin Cadigan:
Aug 16, 2010 03:40PM
Question: In saying that there are planets that have the same capacity for life as earth, doesn't that assume that their lifeforms would be the same as the ones on earth? If there were lifeforms on other planets, isn't it possible that they could be different genetic compositions that doesn't need to have the same setup as earth?
Ella Johnson:
Aug 16, 2010 03:41PM
Question: Do you like Harry Potter?
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:41PM
Question: I looove your enthusiasm for learning! What other ideas do you want to explore? Do you have another book - or books?! - in mind already?
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:42PM
Question: I've always wondered if you're last name was coincidentally (and luckily) Roach - or if it's a pen name.
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:43PM
Question:When did you start writing books??And have you ever considered writing horror books??
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:45PM
Question: You say you love writing. Why? What do you love about it?
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:46PM
Question: Who are you? I most likely will like your books if you discribe them for me
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:46PM
hee hee... nobody would make up something that boring.
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:46PM
Question: Where did you get your insperation to write a book about mars??
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:47PM
lol clickety
Katrina:
Aug 16, 2010 03:48PM
Question: How do you decide what topics you are going to research and write about?
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:48PM
She reminds me of Richard Feynman's phrase (and book title) "the pleasure of finding things out." I like that a lot.
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:48PM
Really she does?
Jen:
Aug 16, 2010 03:49PM
Question: Any thoughts on your next project?
Trisha Crutchfield:
Aug 16, 2010 03:49PM
How do I sell your books to my fiction only friends?
Megan Hartwig:
Aug 16, 2010 03:50PM
Question: How do you break through points where the research seems slow or too boring to turn into anything of interest?
Carol:
Aug 16, 2010 03:51PM
Missed most of the chat. Great going goodreads and Mary Thank you for your time
James Kittredge:
Aug 16, 2010 03:51PM
What was your experience presenting for TED like? Was it a very different audience than you are used to?
James Kittredge:
Aug 16, 2010 03:51PM
Question: What was your experience presenting for TED like? Was it a very different audience than you are used to?
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:51PM
Question:When or how did you find intrest in writing books??
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:52PM
Quiestion: When or how did you find intrest for writing books?
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:52PM
oops sorry meant Question
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:53PM
question: How does it feel to have your ideas read by people you could never have time to meet?
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:53PM
Question: when or how did you find intrest for writing books?
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:53PM
oh. my. god. hahaha...
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
XD
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thanks
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thanks Mary Roach! Huzzah!
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
You welcome
Lisa Vegan:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thank you Mary! And thanks for the great moderating too!
Megan Hartwig:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
thanks mary this was cool
Misty Gray:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thank you, Mary! So much!
Tippy Jackson:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
thank you Mary and thank you goodreads!
Curtis Schofield:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
You rock
Curtis Schofield:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
!!
Dolly Martino:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Love your books!
Taylor ♡ :
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thanks
Jerry Scot:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
thanks
James Kittredge:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thank you, Ms. Roach and Goodreads - what a treat!
Curtis Schofield:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
:D
Clay Painter:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Thanks, goodreads and to Mary!
Katrina:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
This was a great oppotunity! Thank You Mary I love your books!
Kelly owen:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
thank you Mary, you are amazing!
Eric Bingham:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Fun chat from a great author!
Recynd:
Aug 16, 2010 03:54PM
Terrific! Thank you to Goodreads & Mary!
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:55PM
Hey Phil, I gotta head out but thanks again. :D
Philip Habecker:
Aug 16, 2010 03:55PM
Me too.
Clickety Keys:
Aug 16, 2010 03:57PM
I may call you later. good luck this year!
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:58PM
This chat is awesome!!!
(deleted user):
Aug 16, 2010 03:59PM
Thanks - I already can't wait to read your next book! :)
Patrick Brown:
Aug 16, 2010 04:01PM
Thank you all so much. Sorry if I didn't ask your question. We will post the video on Mary's profile in a few days.
Rebecca Maher:
Aug 16, 2010 05:23PM
just got here- I missed it all didn't I?
Wendy Thiessen:
Aug 17, 2010 06:57AM
About an hour before this started the site got so busy that I couldn't get on it for hours.
Ajaz Zeb:
Aug 18, 2010 10:58AM
ajaz zeb
Sara Atkinson:
Aug 21, 2010 04:08PM
damn i missed it. =[
Arminzerella:
Aug 23, 2010 05:24PM
:( Wish I'd been able to make this. Archived anywhere?
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Jul 08, 2011 05:45PM
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Jul 08, 2011 05:45PM
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About Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Salon, GQ, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine. She lives in Oakland, California.

Join us on Monday, August 16 at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific as we chat with Mary about her new book Packing for Mars.
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