Story Title: #BringHimHome
Author Name: MelRows
Category: The Martian
Category: AO3 Bookmarks series
Content Rating: Teen
Length: 10,944 words
Story Summary: Mark Watney will need to buy a lot of people beers. A collection of in-world oneshots cataloging the world’s reactions. From the news to social media and from regular people to NASA rover techs.
1: Fox vs. an 80 year old Bill Nye
2: John and Hank Green, Crash Course Mars
3: A NASA rover tech at Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station
4: The WatneyWatch app and how to tell your child their hero is going to die in an invisible dust storm on Mars
5: Tattoos, music, and what is likely to amount to the largest simultaneous worldwide traffic jam
6. 78 hours of vlogs are released, the Ares 3 crew returns home, and Mark goes on The Tonight Show
I must have read this over a dozen times in the last year alone. This work of humor and art depicts social media and public responses to Mark Watney’s ordeal. This is the fic I return to most often, over and over again. It brings me great joy. The headlines, especially those by Buzzfeed, are just so spot-on, so very realistic, that they make the fic my go-to on the days when I need to laugh.