The Martian plot:
Mark Watney is a NASA astronaut on the 3rd humanity mission on the red planet.
During a really unnatural storm, while all his crew gets safely on the ship, he gets stabbed and stays on the planet.
First thing: Open a daily journal for who will found your body.
Second: Food. They are American, the author wrote the plot around the Thanksgiving day so a year and a half of potatoes.
Third: Heat, so let’s unbury a radioactive and mortal radioactive thing that, in the unlucky case of potential incident could kill a person.
The book is the journal of a man who gave everything for surviving. Mankind was never such united for saving a single person.
Is funny when it needs to be and sad when it needs.
Mark Watney itself:
Looking at scientific reviews of the movie, I found that the Mark behavior in his situation is not totally wrong.
Still alone, on the surface of an alien planet, he is able to take his situation with a considerable amount of lightness.
If you think, this is normal.
If we gonna send somebody in such mission, they must be able to face a huge amount of problem with a lot of cold blood.
And we are speaking of a man who grows potatoes on an alien planet with his own shit. No jokes here.
While watching the movie for the first time, I imagined how could be the moment of Ares 4 arriving on Mars with Mark waiting for them from a few days on the site.
Luckily everything took a different road because, after all this wasn’t a horror book.
This will easily become a cornerstone of science fiction or at least, in martian bibliography.
Reading this is a must so recover it.
Martians – The origins of the myth
If you want to know something more about the RTG, the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator:
Staying warm with a box of radiation on ‘The martian’