1536: "The Martian"

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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby hbarsquared » Thu Sep 17, 2015 5:14 am UTC

Interrupting this riveting back-and-forth on the proper cultivation of potatoes...

The hydrazine-to-water chapter in the book.

I'm fine with the thermal output being missed. Also with the possible "9% oxygen" typo. Even the lack of squeaky voice (he had a mask on, anyway)

My question:

If he had a pilot light - lit, and on fire! - then why was the H2 not burned off? Why woupd the pilot light not vlown up the Hab? Am I missing something?

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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby Waylah » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:14 am UTC

I saw The Martian yesterday! And then today, my potato plants made their first appearance! They're Kipflers.
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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:52 pm UTC

I enjoyed the movie greatly. Yeah, the science isn't perfect. Feh. It's still way better than most "science" movies. It doesn't rely on tossing an idiot ball to trained scientists, evil corporations as the adversary, or cautionary tales. I've seen all of those basically endlessly, and in movies with far worse science. Here, at least an attempt is made to explain how things work, and specialists are mostly portrayed as competent at their specialty, and generally knowledgeable.

It's also got good pacing, solid humor, and so on. An enjoyable watch.

Sure, in real life, that astronaut would almost certainly be dead as hell, but that makes for a poor movie. I'm alright with some minor oversights in the construction of an interesting tale of survival against the odds.

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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:39 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:Sure, in real life, that astronaut would almost certainly be dead as hell, but that makes for a poor movie. I'm alright with some minor oversights in the construction of an interesting tale of survival against the odds.
I think this is the most reasonable statement I've ever seen in regards to a movie that includes scientific subject matter.
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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby ucim » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:01 am UTC

Saw it, enjoyed it. It's different from the book in that the book reads more like a diary/journal with a high geek index, and the movie loses a lot of the geekiness in exchange for the (awesome) visuals. It loses story-wise there, because things just happen (for plot reasons), and unless you read the book, you never know why. (e.g. the hab blowing, or the escape rocket not making it into high enough an orbit). These things had reasons, but they were not evident or stated, so it comes off as "insert plot tension here".

No, it's not Mars, it's clearly earth topography, but that's excusable. The film is missing the storm on the way to the Ares IV site; that's too bad (but forgivable).

The film is available in 3D. I saw it flat; it was fine. I don't think 3D would add much. I also saw Gravity flat; 3D would have been good there.

It was really nice to see strong, smart women in the film (unlike Gravity, which was 110% misogyny)

Go see the film. But do read the book.

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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby CharlieP » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:07 pm UTC

I've only seen the film (so far), so for me the "oxygenator" remained a bit of magic tech. How is it explained in the book?
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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby Quercus » Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:31 pm UTC

CharlieP wrote:I've only seen the film (so far), so for me the "oxygenator" remained a bit of magic tech. How is it explained in the book?

I can't quite remember, except that the idea of electrolysis was mentioned - so I imagine it was envisioned to be a scaled up version of MOXIE, a trial scale solid oxide electrolyser scheduled to be included in the Mars 2020 mission.

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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby trewq12 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:17 am UTC

good movie. I love it :P

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Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Postby ThirdParty » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:10 am UTC

Bumping this thread because I spotted Artemis on the new-books shelf at the library today, remembered liking The Martian (the book, that is), so checked it out.

And then accidentally read it in a single sitting. Weir is a good author.

Think they'll make this one a movie too?


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