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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Incredible. I have really enjoyed Weir’s previous books (The Martian, Artemis) but this one – I have to say – is probably the best. I feel a bit like I’m betraying The Martian here, which was previously one of my favourite novels of all time… but this one, probably, just about, beats it.

It has the intoxicating mix of science lesson, humour and hope that combines so brilliantly in all of his novels. It is also my kind of science fiction – while I enjoy a good space opera as much as the next guy, I feel there is a real gap in ‘pure’ science fiction. The Ben Bovas and Kim Stanley Robinsons of the world fill it magnificently, but there is always room for more – and Andy Weir rightly sits alongside those giants now in that field.