The Martian Makes Science a Fun Ride. Mostly.

Like so many people over this past weekend I went to see Ridley Scott‘s highly anticipated film The Martian (2015). I went with rather high expectations and they were mostly met. The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name, tells the story of one man’s fight for survival on Mars. Injured and left for dead by the crew of Ares III, astronaut Mark Watney, must overcome, loneliness, thirst, hunger, and his own stupidity in order to survive alone on Mars. Mark Watney is portrayed wonderfully, I thought, by Matt Damon. I have never considered Matt Damon to … Continue reading The Martian Makes Science a Fun Ride. Mostly.

The Martian by Andy Weir is the Science Thriller You Must Read

Mars has long held a fascination for humans and authors have used this fascination with great effect. From H. G. Wells‘ Martian invaders in The War of the Worlds to Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Barsoom to the myriad of modern books and films where Mars either place a central or peripheral role. Now Andy Weir has given us Mars as a science thriller in The Martian (2011). I say science thriller because although there are elements of science fiction surrounding the story, in actuality the world Andy Weir portrays is only slightly more advanced than our world today. The science for … Continue reading The Martian by Andy Weir is the Science Thriller You Must Read