The Martian by Andy Weir

Following a sandstorm on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney was left by his crew believing he has died on the red planet. With nothing more than his ingenuity and humor, he’ll have to find a way to survive until the next mission to Mars which could take him home. That’s if he can first find a way to contact Earth. Andy Weir’s effort to create a novel that stays as accurate scientifically while trying to convey the drama and gallow humor of trying to survive on an alien planet when even a simple miscalculation can spell disaster shines brilliantly in this book. Buy now from Amazon.


Chuck Palahniuk: Adjustment Day

Fight Club writer Chuck Palahniuk is back with Adjustment Day, a novel that paints a society where politicians push the world on the brink of a third world war to stay in power and the disaffected men who live in this reality. The book explores the deep fracture in society and takes it to the surreal and absurd with many parallels to today’s headlines. Buy the book from Amazon.

Philosophize This Podcast

Stephen West is the man behind Philosophize This, a podcast that discusses philosophers and their ideas from the ancients like the Stoics to their more modern counterparts such as Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein. His podcast episodes are available on Spotify and on iTunes but if you feel like reading through his episodes then transcripts are available on his Philosophize This website.