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The Martian by Andy Weir, Will Have You At ‘Gallows Humor’

One of the best books I’ve read this year, and by best I mean enjoyable, thought-provoking and page turner, Andy Weir’s debut novel, The Martian will be having its cinema release this October. Matt Damon will star on the role of an astronaut left behind Mars to play castaway. And no, he’s not going to be a crazed scientist in here just like in the last one, well, ok, he’s science crazy- in a good way.

Here’s the official trailer by the way.

We’ve seen castaways in movies and books despite all odds against them, they survive. But Tom Hanks have coconuts and atmosphere (and Wilson) in his 2000 movie Cast Away. Andy Weir’s hapless astronaut explorer- Mark Watney had to grow his own potato farm (in Mars!) and make oxygen!

But The Martian’s greatest contribution in science fiction is its adherence to scientific facts. His plot is gripping, but the hard science in the book is equally exciting and it had been a fruit of massive research on Andy Weir’s part as well as the scrutiny of the people who first read the story serialized in his website years before.

I won’t pretend to know how accurate the science is although the general consensus of the scientific community is that it is. But don’t be put off by the chemistry and the mathematics and the physics and well…ok, I stayed because Mark Watney’s character is one of the most pleasant and amazing human beings you’ll ever read in literature. And for once, we have a fully competent scientist on board! To be fair, all the scientist in this are competent and still managed to be interesting so that’s a feat!

That said, I think you would also like to know that even though being alone in Mars is kind of bleak, the book has plenty amount of funny in it.

Outer space is dangerous and unfriendly so the question is- why do we bother sending people out there? If you read The Martian, you’ll find that the answer- simply stated is, why not?   

And to those who’ve read it and is patiently looking forward to the movie release, check out Adam Savage of MythBusters fame interview author Andy Weir in which they talk about the extensive research for the book, astronauts, the movie and his unexpected bestseller success!

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