Time Loops, Martians, And Groot: Here’s The Sci-Fi We’re Most Thankful For in 2014

By David Wharton | 5 years ago

MartianThe Success of Andy Weir’s The Martian
Author Andy Weir spent years hosting his work on his website for free, which is where the genius novel The Martian spent more than a year before Crown Publishing wisely recognized his talent and published the book for mass audiences in January of this year. They story involves a smart but not flawless astronaut getting left behind on Mars once a mission is compromised by weather and his crewmates assume he’s dead. His story of survival is a cross between Weir’s knack for making technical terminology sound interesting and the lead character’s amusing and offbeat inner dialogue. (The story is told mostly through journal entries.)

And it would have been great had The Martian just continued existing exclusively in book form, but Twentieth Century Fox snatched up the rights to it last year, got Cabin in the Woods scribe Drew Goddard to script it, signed Ridley Scott to direct it, and have added one of the most perfect casts a film could ever hope for. Matt Damon is taking the lead role of astronaut Mark Watney, and he’ll be joined by Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Askel Hennie, and Mackenzie Davis. There’s a good chance that I’m going to be thankful for the finished Martian product next year, but for now I’m perfectly happy knowing the novel has gone farther than Weir probably ever imagined. – Nick

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