FeatherPenClipArtHave been out to the movies. The Martian is a film adapted from Andy Weir’s 2011 book of the same title. The book was originally self-published but then picked up by Crown Publishing when it did really well on Amazon. The film stars Matt Damon and is directed by Ridley Scott.

Most people will know the plot by now. The crew of Aries 3 is working on the surface of Mars. When a dangerous storm strikes, crewman Mark Watney is lost and presumed dead. The crew takes off for home, leaving him behind. Watney has to find a way to survive alone in the unforgiving environment of Mars. Using a lot if ingenuity, he manages to contact NASA, hoping they will attempt a rescue.

I won’t give away any more than this. Suffice to say, this plays like MacGyver in space. Watney, armed with duct tape, sheet plastic and a pair of pliers, accomplishes great things. The nicest thing about this is that it’s definitely hard SF, space based, and entertaining. Four stars.