The Martian by Andy WeirSix days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
'Artemis' by Andy Weir Is Getting the Movie Treatment
Movies adapted from successful books don't always capture the magic of the original text — and the calculation- and science-heavy story of "The Martian" seems a particularly tough customer — but the upcoming film does a surprisingly good job conjuring the book's spirit. The new movie, opening Friday, trades some of the book's nonstop danger for glorious Martian vistas and more NASA at work, and I'm not complaining. As a quick note, this article doesn't spoil major plot points but does discuss the major themes of the book and movie. The movie " The Martian ," is based on Andy Weir's book of the same name, and tells the story of an astronaut who is accidentally left behind on Mars and must struggle to survive. When watching "The Martian," all I could think was that the movie version of protagonist Mark Watney had it easy. Sure, almost everything he does goes sideways and presents a new challenge for him to ponder, calculate and build his way out of.
The Martian is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon adapted from the novel of the same name by Andy Weir. The film depicts an astronaut's lone struggle to survive on Mars after being left behind, and efforts to rescue him, and bring him home to Earth. Scott replaced Goddard, and with Damon in place as the main character, production was approved. Filming began in November and lasted approximately seventy days. Twenty sets were built on a sound stage in Budapest , Hungary , one of the largest in the world.
Artemis , the follow-up book by The Martian author Andy Weir, is following its big brother to the big screen. Today we learned that Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who is writing the new Captain Marvel movie, will write the screenplay for a film adaptation of Artemis. Weir's second book takes place on the moon rather than the Red Planet. The novel follows lunar native Jazz Bashara on a caper that involves blowing up drones, high-level corruption, and other fun off-planet activities. Artemis wasn't as well received as Weir's first novel, but like The Martian , much of its charm lies is the world-building that hews as closely as possible to scientific fact. We interviewed Weir after the book's publication about how a realistic moon city could actually come to be. The author put a lot of background work into imaging a working tourism economy that would support a lunar settlement like the one seen in Artemis.
The software engineer turned novelist talks about his approach to writing and why he thinks getting the science right matters. Software engineer-turned-novelist Andy Weir chronicles the travails of stranded astronaut Mark Watney with such painstaking care, you really believe that botanist Watney could cultivate potatoes on Mars' inhospitable surface. So it's little surprise that when Weir is asked if there was anything he would change about The Martian he mentions the Martian storm whose devastating winds leave Watney stricken at the start of the book. That was the most scientifically inaccurate part of the book," he said. Even though Mars has winds that can reach about mph, the density of the atmosphere is so low that gale force winds would likely feel like a gentle breeze. Weir says he has even thought of an alternate, more scientifically grounded opening. Maybe a lightning strike could start some sequence of events that leaves Mark stranded instead.
The Martian is a science fiction novel written by Andy Weir. It was his debut novel under his own name. The story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in the year  and must improvise in order to survive. After only six sols , an intense dust and wind storm threatens to topple their Mars Ascent Vehicle MAV , which would trap them on the planet. During the hurried evacuation, an antenna tears loose and impales astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist and engineer , also disabling his spacesuit radio. He is flung out of sight by the wind and presumed dead. As the MAV teeters dangerously, mission commander Melissa Lewis has no choice but to take off without completing the search for Watney.