Book Review

Diary of an AssCan

Diary of an AssCanDiary of an AssCan
Author: Andy Weir
Series: The Martian #0.5
Publisher: WHSmith
First Published: September 30, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 4
Format: Webpage
Source: Free, Read Online


This short story gives us a glimpse into Mark Watney’s world just before taking off on his mission for Mars. Read on for more from this exceptional character.

Also in this series: The Martian
Also by this author: Randomize, The Martian

My Thoughts

I honestly don’t really know what I expected with this short prequel story to The Martian. I loved Watney and his struggle to survive on Mars after ending up stranded. The story has captivated both book readers and movie audiences alike and it is completely understandable. Diary of an AssCan is a short the follows Watney as he prepares for the doomed Mars mission.

“I wish there were a way to spend more time on the surface. But oh well. 31 sols will have to do.”

Perhaps this story might have been better consumed as a bonus at the end of the original book, but going back I just didn’t feel like I got anything fun or new from this. You get a little more about the characters and a few haha foreshadowing Watney jokes. Overall though? This is one that can easily be skipped, there isn’t really anything new brought to the table. It was an okay little time waster that added another tick to my yearly reading goal.

Ah well, at least it is free to read in its entirety online. Those that loved The Martian might appreciate this short story as a silly little bonus.

About Andy Weir

Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.


I’m a Filipino American blogger, historian, and lazy writer. I enjoy books, video games, anime/manga, and smoking hookah.

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