The Martian was originally serialized and published on Andy Weir's website. The writing of the novel itself was a labour of love with no original intention that it be published professionally. For the incredible story on The Martian's journey to best seller status and a Ridley Scott motion picture, check out this interview by Mythbusters ultimate science geek and McGyverist, Adam Savage.
Canadian ISS Astronaut Chris Hadfield blurbs the book and has this to say about it -
“A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like “MacGyver” meets “Mysterious Island.”Difficult to get higher praise about the science in science fiction than that from an astronaut.
The audiobook version of The Martian is also a wonderful listen, with narrator R.C Bray bringing the characters to life with verve and vitality. Check it out while you wait for the movie to arrive. And speaking of the movie, who better then Ridley Scott (Bladerunner) to bring an adaptation of the story to the big screen (October 2). This trailer leaves me hopeful that it is faithful to the spirit of the novel.
Because I grok the The Martian, I leave you with this further apropos quote from science fiction grandmaster Robert Heinlein -
"Everything is theoretically impossible, until it's done."I think Mark Watney would agree.
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