Buzz Around The Martian

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There’s buzz around the internet about Ridley Scott’s new film coming out later this year (November 25, 2015) called, The Martian.  The Martian is based on a book by Andy Weir.  It’s about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after a NASA mission makes a quick evacuation for safety and presumes one of their own as dead.  But he’s not.  He has 30 days of air/life support and must take drastic measures to survive because the next NASA mission would take 3 years to reach Mars again.

The timing of the film is relevant to news around the Mars One mission and SpaceX with the focus on humans reaching Mars.  Although this is another milestone achievement humankind is making to reach our neighbor red planet, it’s also filled with a lot of questions about our status as humans living here on Earth.  The current trends in science fiction and science development revolve around singularity, artificial intelligence, space exploration, 3D printing, virtual reality, and transhumanism being at the top of the list (my own opinion and perspective, of course).  We must also not forget, we have a planet that is needing our attention.  We have people here on Earth that drastically need our attention.

Andy Weir is a fascinating author to look out for.  His father is a particle physicist, and Weir is a programmer (He worked on Warcraft 2 for Blizzard) as well as a writer.  He is a scifi geek (like most of us).

Here’s a talk Andy Weir gives about the book, courtesy of Google.

The film is directed by Ridley Scott and written by Drew Goddard (screenplay) and book (Andy Weir).

It stars Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty.

Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor.

After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.