I spotted the movie tie-in cover for Andy Weir’s The Martian on Amazon so I thought I’d mention it here. I suppose it’s slightly off topic as it I s science fiction but the book is a suspenseful read and I’d quite happily categorise it as a thriller.
The book concerns an astronaut called Mark Watney who gets accidentally stranded on Mars when his crew has to suddenly abort their stay on the planet. Watney then has to work out how to make his oxygen, food and water last the four years it would take for the next mission to arrive.
The book is a page-turner and I enjoyed the ingenious use of real science that Watney employes to survive.
The movie is directed by none other than Ridley Scott and I’m always happy to see the director of Alien return to science fiction.
Matt Damon plays Watney and I note that Jessica Chastain plays another astronaut. Both actors were of course in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
The tie-in novel is out on 27 August 2015 in the UK.
The movie is released on 2 October 2015.