I have to admit I don’t always get into hard sci fi. Not everyone has a talent for bringing facts in without it feeling like a laborious lecture, bogging down any story or character. The Martian, though, is a beautiful, fantastic, thrilling adventure story, despite its seemingly slow, quiet pace of a solitary man just trying to get back home. Backed up with humor and character, the ingenuity and determination to survive and to save made this a lively, wonderful read. The film that followed is one thing. That was enjoyable enough, but the book brings so much more than could be contained in a two-hour film. The insight of a man who uses everything in his mental and physical reach to make it is thrilling. The diverse cast of likable, funny, sometimes pig-headed, sometimes opportunistic background characters also add to it, but there is really just one star of this story, and I’m happy to know him.