Wednesday 9 July 2014

The Martian

cover image It's nice to see some light-hearted science fiction every now and again and Andy Weir's The Martian is a great example.

After being left for dead after a disaster on an expedition to Mars, Mark Watney must find a way to survive on the Red Planet until the next expedition is scheduled to arrive.  A relentlessly optimistic fellow, Mark has to piece together enough tools and supplies from what was left to keep himself alive for over a year.  The worst part? He has no communications- so no way to let anyone know that he is still alive.

No monster or aliens or here; this is an entirely plausible science-based story.  And, given the weight of the situation, it actually has a few laughs, too.

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