For it being a barren planet, it has been fertile ground for science fiction. And recently. Just two weeks ago, Red Rising by Pierce Brown published. This week, we get The Martian by Andy Weir.
The Martian is a novel that is at once familiar and new. It has its foundation rooted in that most basic of necessities—human survival. Think Apollo 13. Castaway. And Gravity. Yet the story is set on Mars: Man versus the Red Planet. It makes for a thriller unlike any you have read, featuring a complex point of view character named Mark Watney.
Here is more information about The Martian:
Apollo 13 meets Castaway in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller-set on the surface of Mars.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him-and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive-and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills-and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit-he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Here is an interview with the book’s author, Andy Weir:
NEW RELEASE INTERVIEW: THE MARTIAN BY ANDY WEIR
Shawn Speakman: THE MARTIAN is published today. Congratulations! Tell Unbound Worlds readers about this intense science fiction thriller?
Shawn Speakman: What came first? The point of view character Mark Watney or the Mars that is trying to kill him?
Shawn Speakman: To write a science fiction novel of this kind, the writer is usually steeped in science knowledge. What is your background? And how much research did you have to do to write THE MARTIAN?
Shawn Speakman: Survival is perhaps humanity’s most basic instinct. Have you seen the movie GRAVITY? And how does it compare and contrast to THE MARTIAN?
Shawn Speakman: I would love seeing THE MARTIAN made into a movie. It could be just as visually stunning as Gravity, just set on the red planet. If you were asked by a director to select an actor to play the role of Mark, who would it be? A newcomer? Or someone we have seen on the big screen before?
Shawn Speakman: That would be great! What are you currently working on? Another science fiction novel, I hope!
The Martian by Andy Weir is published today! Return to the Red Planet!
And try to survive…
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”