Bedside Reading

Project Hail Mary

June 27, 2023 Bedside Reading Podcast Season 4 Episode 19
Bedside Reading
Project Hail Mary
Show Notes

A lone astronaut.
An impossible mission.
An ally he never imagined.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it's up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery-and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he's got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

It was great fun this week to record with Mark Shapiro,  host of the pheomenonally successful podcast Explore the Space which has a mission of "Examining the interface between healthcare & society, with thought leaders from across the spectrum."

This was one of the first Sci-Fi genre novels I've ever picked up and I admit I was well out of my comfort zone with a lot of the theoretical physics (which Mark tells me I don't need to understand, just believe).  Project Hail Mary is at its heart a book about connection and about the value of saving our planet, and humanity.  I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation about the amazing community of practice that is #MedTwitter, the joy of reading, accidental CPD, equity, climate change and so much more.

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