This happened to be the same day that another division of NASA landed a rover, dubbed Curiosity, on Mars.
His latest book is Blood's A rover, the final volume of his Underworld U.S.A. trilogy, published on Sept. 22 by Knopf.
To discuss his work in The rover—and his career more generally—Pattinson recently sat down with The Daily Beast in Los Angeles.
late 14c., "sea-robber, pirate," from Middle Dutch rover "robber, predator, plunderer," especially in zeerovere "pirate," literally "sea-robber," from roven "to rob," from Middle Dutch roof "spoil, plunder," related to Old English reaf "spoil, plunder," reafian "to reave" (see reave (v.)). Meaning "remote-controlled surface vehicle" is from 1970.