If you like science fiction and action films, you may enjoy watching Matt Damon in The Martian, due in theaters October 2. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir. Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig join Damon in the film, which is directed by Ridley Scott. The screenplay is by Drew Goddard.
I enjoyed reading The Martian. Andy Weir tells a great story about Mark Watney, an astronaut who is stranded on Mars during a dangerous wind storm. His crewmates think he’s dead and they escape in their Mars Ascent Vehicle. How will Watney survive the huge challenge ahead of him, alone in a NASA habitat, with no communication and only a limited supply of food and water?
The book includes a great deal of science and math, to help explain how Watney manages. I was interested to read this recent article by Sean Cureton of ScreenRant who notes that the film is said to be realistic in the same way.
Following the example set by Weir, the film is determined to use only real science, with zero room for movie cheats, making for a veritable Robinson Crusoe-like adventure in space with plenty of Scott’s established eye for cinematic grandiosity.
There is still time to read the book before you see the movie and you can check out my review here.
And to learn more about the film, visit imdb.com.
If you’re wondering about the potential success of self-publishing your book, check out Andy Weir’s story!
Andy Weir is a software engineer and has always enjoyed studying relativistic physics, orbital mechanics and manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. He started writing it in 2009 and spent a great deal of time researching. It was originally self-published in 2011. He first offered it for free (in serial format) on his website. Weir’s chapters were popular and he developed an enthusiastic fan base. His readers urged him to offer it in Kindle format on Amazon. This 99¢ Kindle version was hugely popular and became an Amazon best-seller, selling 35,000 copies in three months. That got some publishers’ attentions. Weir sold the audiobook publishing rights to Podium Publishing in 2013 and soon after, Crown Publishing bought the print rights. Twentieth Century Fox bought the film rights the same year and the movie, starring Matt Damon, is due to be released in November 2015.
Now that’s meteoric!
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