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How to Live on Mars by Robert Zubrin
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Dec 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, own, recommended, astronomy
Recommended for: Humor Fans, Science Fans, Astronomy Fans
Read from March 21 to 30, 2011 — I own a copy

How to Live on Mars is a hilarious guidebook catering to anyone interested in the scientific side of things who also harbors a sense of humor. Quirky and entertaining this fascinating book by Robert Zubrin gives a step-by-step explanation of how to move to, and survive on Mars. A book that caters both to the Scientifically inclined and the common folk this book is a great read for any I.Q. level.

In the book Zubrin thoroughly and humorously explains exactly what it would take to survive and thrive on the Red Planet. Covering everything from getting there, to growing your own food, to what to do if you get stranded in the desert, this book is a go-to guide for living on Mars.

Initially, when I unwrapped this book for my 19th birthday, I thought it was a joke. How to Live on Mars, seriously? Funny, yes, but not something I would expect from my oh-so-practical grandmother who only gifts things that will further the education of her grand kids. Not that I'm complaining. However, upon sitting down later that day and cracking open the book for myself I was introduced to just how entertaining knowledge could be. this book is a veritable treasure chest of information. Nestled among the jokes and sarcastic remarks Zubrin managed to compile a 197 page comprehensive guide of how to legitimately live on Mars. I mean, this book is the real deal. Not that I'm endorsing it but I'm pretty sure, if you wanted too and had we the technology and resources to make it happen, you could take this book and move to Mars, and you would do just fine. I'm not kidding.

Upon reading the back of the book and Zubrin's bio I realized why of course, the guy's a freaking Genius!!! He has a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering and a master's in both Aeronautics and Astronautics. The guys a walking powerhouse of Awesome. This book is a textbook hidden in humor, I learned so much I actually considered going into Astrophysics for my major. (this was before I realized how much I sucked at math) And furthermore, on top of being enormously informative, It was also entertaining. i couldn't put it down!

I recommend this book to anyone interested in Mars, Astronomy, or just Humorous information, this book hosts a wealth of knowledge and it would be a shame to miss out on such an educational experience, especially when it is no chore to sit through. I do concede to say there are big words in here and some parts are perhaps above general thinking level. So, it is not the easiest read in the world. But, if you take the time to open the book and get through it, you won't be disappointed. I can almost promise you that. =)
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Karel Baloun So much of this book was wrong, so I'm glad you enjoyed it, but hope you didn't feel you learned a great deal from it. Needs to be read critically to separate egregious errors.

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