Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Ballantine Books, 2021) is best listened to, not just read. Narrator Ray Potter makes this science fiction so believable, both the science and the humor Weir pulled out of his hat. Our lead, a scientist fallen from academic grace turned humble school science teacher, becomes the unlikely person charged with saving Earth, and all its inhabitants, from extinction due to an impending ice age. Once venturing into space, it turns out our lead isn’t the only intelligent galaxy entity trying to solve the disastrous, fast-approaching problem. And thus the stage is set for one of the best (and funniest) male buddy stories I’ve encountered. I’m not typically a science fiction reader, but I was glad I took a chance on Project Hail Mary. I stand satisfyingly converted. And by all means, chow down on the audiobook.