‘The Martian‘ is the first published novel by Andy Weir. It was originally self-published in 2011, after which Crown Publishing purchased the rights. It was published in 2014 and the movie is scheduled to be released on October 2nd. So you have the opportunity to read the book first! It’s about a NASA astronaut Mark Watney, who is left stranded on Mars when the crew of the Ares 3 mission are forced to leave. With no way to contact Earth, Watney must rely on his scientific and technical skills to survive, growing potatoes in the crew’s Martian habitat (or Hab) and burning hydrazine to make water. He begins to record his experiences so that they might prove useful for future explorers after his death. NASA discovers that Watney is alive when satellite images pick up human activity and they begin a plan to rescue him. This book is the perfect Father’s day gift.
Here’s the film trailer. It looks ah-mazing!
If that’s doesn’t get you interested, here’s Mythbuster Adam Savage interviewing author Andy Weir: