Adam Savage, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Andy Weir Talk 'The Martian'

Adam Savage, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Andy Weir Talk 'The Martian’

This is a good watch, I’ve been waiting for this.


Damn. Now i have to read the book or watch the movie…

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Do both!

The movie and the book are really great, and well worth the time. Doesnt matter in what order really. If you watch the movie first you still have the book to go home to, wich have a lot of great stuff the movie do not.
And if you read the book first, you still have a REALLY great adaptation of the book to look forward too.
The audiobook is great too, and really well read.

The CG and the views of mars are just…spectacular.

And yes ive read the book, listened to the audiobook three times and watch the movie twice…over the past year and a half.

Liar you only watched the movie twice over the past month :smile:

I was disappointed with the movie but only because I always am after watching any adaptation from the book. It will never be as good. As a standalone movie it was great though and I did enjoy it(except for a part or two near the end of the movie).

Speaking of Andy Weir, I went to a thingy last Saturday with Bill Nye and Neil degrasse tyson and Mr Weir was there for a bit. He’s a cool guy I like his personality!

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The story was written in 2011, published in 2014 and as everyone know adapted to the movie in 2015. So yeah i read it, listen to it and watched it twice in 1,5 years as a I stated. No lies…

It was a joke since the movie just came out… :sweat:

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Ok then, sorry :smile:
Anyway Scifi geeks did a great podcast with Andy too, well worth the time!

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I was just thinking the other day if Andy Weir had done a sit down after the film’s release. Perfect trio to talk about it.

Is the movie even worth watching? I mean there were some terrible reddit-tier one liners in the trailer, which made me cringe a lot.
-“I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this”
Using science as a verb? No. Just no.
-“In your face Neil Armstrong”
I heard the book was just as bad too, picture below

Now that’s some awful prose.

Thats one part of Whitneys humor, beeing stranded alone and abandoned on a lethal planet. And have nothing todo with his skills. In this case its also him speaking to himself or the datarecorder.

I didn’t want to be one of those smug people who read the book first and then commented about how much worse the film is, but for what it’s worth I think it was a decent adaptation. I really didn’t like some additions like the Neil Armstrong line (how is that even relevant?), but at the same time I can appreciate how much they had to cut out to fit it into a normal length feature and still keep it interesting.

The pirate-ninjas are one of those special parts of the book that just can’t really be transposed onto film. I don’t think it’s fair to judge the quality of the writing in a moment like that; it’s meant to be the perspective of a witty, and somewhat distressed, but efficient astronaut, not the articulate narration of Tolkien.

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Yeah, it actually works in both the book and the film. This kind of humour is actually a way for him to cope with a deadly, unforgiving situation (or stress more generally), but there’s always the underlying threat of, well, everything around. It also works on a narrative level, using humour to alleviate the tension (old but good trick there).
The prose is not the best I’ve read, but it’s good enough. It works better than one would think, because the context is that most of the book is his personal, day-to-day logs - and as such are quite more informal than what is generally used. A pretty great PoW choice, I’d say.

Though the “I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this” line made me cringe (IIRC it’s not in the book). Not only it is a bad case of trailer line (crude and effective, but mostly crude), but it doesn’t make sense when you think about it for one second.
He doing very little science in the book, but mostly engineering (and its botany equivalent, farming). As a science-enthusiast engineer, I can tell you there is a quite big difference actually. Now, of course, engineering requires applied science, but the use and goal are pretty different.
Even worse, it is used in one of the most engineering-heavy, get your hands dirty tasks in the film (and book).

Also, at some point we see him on cracked dirt on Mars. Craked dirt requires wet soil to dry, and Mars has not enough liquid water to speak of.
That ruined the entire film!!

No seriously, I recommend both the book and the film. They are pretty good - and I’m generally a pretty harsh critic, particularly in science-fiction, and even more on science-fiction trying to be hard.
In fact, there are way, way too few good hard-SF films to go around, really check this one.

You really put some effort into writing this. Alright, I’m gonna trust you on this one and check it out.

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