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WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:
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Book: “The Martian” by Andy Weir
“Six 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?” (from Amazon.com)
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Film: “The Martian” by Ridley Scott (Matt Damon)
“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.” (from foxmovies.com)
On the show, Ryan, mentioned that there were differences in the final scenes between the book and the movie. This was shouted down as incorrect by other members of the podcast. However, Ryan (me), was right! Proof can be found in the article “The Biggest Differences Between The Martian Movie and Novel” by Kyle Hill which can be found (but be warned as it contains SPOILERS) at: http://nerdist.com/all-the-big-changes-between-the-martian-movie-and-novel/.
Also in the episode guest contributor and musician/artist, Daniel Gonzalez, mentioned his band “Beautiful and the Just” which you can listen to on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/beautifulandthejust.
On the Show we mentioned the b-movie classic “Ice Pirates” which featured a memorable cast including Ron Perlman (who many years later became Hellboy). This 1984 scifi release featured the gruesome creature known as a “Space Herpe” which can be seen in all its glory below:
Wilk mentioned on the show that the actor Sean Bean dies in practically every movie he is in. In fact, there is a death reel on YouTube that details this (Yes, of course the internet celebrates death). Check it out – but it is rife with spoilers:
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