‘The Martian’ best-seller lands in classrooms minus the F-words

Apart from the four-letter words, “The Martian” is a science teacher’s dream text: a gripping story that hinges on the hero’s ability to solve a series of complex problems, using his knowledge of physics, chemistry, astronomy and math to stay alive on a hostile planet.

There are more than 160 swear words in Andy Weir’s sci-fi thriller “The Martian,” including two memorably deployed F-words in the novel’s first three sentences.

The profanity did not strike Weir as excessive when he wrote the book nearly a decade ago. After all, the story’s narrator, astronaut Mark Watney, is stranded alone on Mars with a dwindling supply of food and a rescue mission that is four years away — circumstances that warrant constant cursing.

But shortly after the book came out, Weir started hearing from a subset of readers who objected to the obscenities.

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