Where do you go after Stiff, Spook, and Bonk? That is, after Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife; and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex? You go into space, that's where. Or, at least, into research facilities whose purpose is to understand the other-than-Earth existence. Hence Oakland author Mary Roach's latest dispatch, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. How refreshing it is to know that after all her intrepid research, Roach still remains so curious. It is less refreshing, perhaps, than knowing what happens when you puke while wearing a space helmet.
Tue., Aug. 24, 7 p.m., 2010