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The more I worked on it, the more I realized I had accidentally spent my life researching for this story.

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Early on, I decided that I would be as scientifically accurate as possible. Q In one sentence, tell us what your novel is all about.

All the facts about Mars are accurate, as well as the physics of space travel the story presents.

I even calculated the various orbital paths involved in the story, which required me to write my own software to track constant-thrust trajectories. As the plan got more detailed, I started imagining what it would be like for the astronauts. Naturally, when designing a mission, you think up disaster scenarios and how likely the crew would be to survive. Q Are you an advocate for a manned mission to Mars? I would love to see people land on Mars in my lifetime. However, do I think it will actually happen?

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Also, computer and robotics technologies are leaps and bounds better than they were during the days of Apollo. So logically, you have to ask why we would risk human lives rather than just make better robots.

Q Do you have anything in common with your wise-cracking hero Mark Watney? It was a really easy book to write; I just had him say what I would say.

Any reason you chose to work those specific examples into the novel? What is it? Growing up, I loved early Heinlein books most of all. I do love a good survival story. A Not long at all. A John Young.

He is the quintessential astronaut. Competent, fearless, highly intelligent, and seemingly immune to stress.

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When Apollo 16 launched, his heart rate never got higher than Most astronauts spike to at least during launches. Q Watney seems to be able to maneuver his way around some pretty major problems with a little duct tape and ingenuity!

Did you watch the show as a kid?

Any favorite episodes? A Indeed I did! I loved that show. My favorite episode was the one where engineering students had a barricade contest. Q Star Wars or Star Trek? Meet Buzz Aldrin for brunch.

Dinner with the writing staff of Doctor Who. Were you expecting the overwhelmingly positive reception the book received? A I had no idea it was going to do so well. The story had been available for free on my website for months and I assumed anyone who wanted to read it had already read it. So I went ahead and did it, setting the price to the minimum site would allow.

As it sold more and more copies I just watched in awe.

Smith, Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: First Class. What was your first reaction? Who should play the part of Mark Watney?

The movie deal and print publishing deal came within a week of each other, so I was a little shell-shocked. In fact, it was such a sudden launch in to the big leagues that I literally had a difficult time believing it. I actually worried it could all be an elaborate scam. But his crew is headed home, and what hope is there, really? It is a gripping story with one of the most adorable heroes you are likely to encounter, on this planet or any other.

No, Kibby, not a kitten How could you not root for a guy who scrapes through Thanksgiving dinner for potato parts to plant for food?

A novel used a different classic traveler in the same sort of format. Of course those tellings had a lot more in common with the Barsoom of Edgar Rice Burroughs as seen by Frank Frazetta than they do with the vision we have of the Red Planet today, or, say, reality.

Reality Or is it? One of these was a shot of you know where. There are technical elements, of course but more interesting, for me, were the political considerations.

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To tell the crew or not? Imagine how bummed out, embarrassed, and guilty you might be on that ship the Hermes returning home, knowing you had left one behind.

Might it affect your ability to take care of necessary business for the next bunch of months? Another question is whether to tell the public, and if so, when.

How about getting help from other space-capable nations? Are any international dealings simple? There is also some in-house NASA staff maneuvering that is wonderful to see. Andy Weir In her fabulous book on writing, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott writes Having a likeable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love, whose mind you love to pick, whose running commentary totally holds your attention, who makes you laugh out loud… Probably the greatest strength of The Martian is the narration of Mark Watney.

He is engaging and funny, optimistic and capable. I suppose there are some who might find him lacking in sharp edges, but I thought he worked great. Matt Damon as Mark Watney, enjoying the view — from the film. The new earth-based shooting location was Wadi Rum , Jordan. I am sure they did plenty of color adjustments in post, but boy-o-boy does this place look like an alien landscape.

Gripes Yes, really, there is too much scientific detail. It is not that it is beyond the comprehension of a lot of readers although it will skip by a fair number it is the share of time, the number of pages, the sheer volume of obstacles to be overcome, and the very detailed explanation of so many of them that tilts the book a bit too much towards the MacGyver demo.

Weir writes very well about the other elements of the story. I had to fight an urge to scan at times.

But that is really it. Otherwise, The Martian is an absolute delight to read. Watney is lovable as well as capable, and makes excellent use of his sense of humor to look on the bright side of life, in a very dark circumstance.

Whether he makes it out on time or not not gonna spoil that one you will cheer him on, hope for the best, and fly past those pages with considerable, if maybe not interplanetary, speed. Is there life on Mars? There will be while you read this book.

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Go see it if you haven't already. It is very true to the book, with the improvement of not getting bogged down in details, has a great cast, looks amazing and does a fantastic job of promoting science.

I posted a review this week.

It includes a link to the story, so you can read it for yourself. No chance!When Apollo 16 launched, his heart rate never got higher than One man's struggle to survive.

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