Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Engineer’s Bookshelf

The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
David Ashton
User Rank
Author
Re: Growing things on Mars
David Ashton   4/18/2014 10:17:35 PM
NO RATINGS
@ anon8464524 - not sure if it was Bradbury, it was his style so may have been.  As I remember there was a foreword that said he had been shown a picture of a astronaut standing beside two crosses and asked to come up with a story.  He turned it on its head - what if the crosses signified not death but life?   

I'll google a bit and see if I can find it when I have a few spare microseconds.....

Kevin Neilson
User Rank
Author
Recommended
Kevin Neilson   4/18/2014 10:08:23 PM
NO RATINGS
This book is pretty good, especially if you are interested in techinal details and verisimilitude.  You would be hard-pressed to find any techinal errors.  It's not dry, however--there is a fair amout of drama.  In the Hollywood version, I'm not sure how they'll squeeze in a love story, since he's the only person on the planet.  (I hear they're casting already.)  

Kevin Neilson
User Rank
Author
Re: Growing things on Mars
Kevin Neilson   4/18/2014 10:02:20 PM
NO RATINGS
I've read that story, too.  It may have been Bradbury.

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Left or Right?
Max The Magnificent   4/14/2014 12:31:04 PM
NO RATINGS
This reminds me of another story -- I think it was a book -- but it may have been an Outer Limits type thing.

The idea is that there's a spaceship landed on another planet -- I think it's Mars -- and the door is open and the astronaught is unconcious and an alien comes in and the folks on Earth are trying to get the Alien to press a specific button on the control panel, but the panel is mounted directly opposite the entrance (the door slides up vertically), the panel controls appear symetrical both horizontally and vertically, and they have to explain left from right...

David Ashton
User Rank
Author
Growing things on Mars
David Ashton   4/11/2014 8:45:51 PM
NO RATINGS
HI Caleb.  This reminds me of a short story I read yonks ago, about three astronauts who got stranded on a Mars-like planet, trying to make things grow.  There was a lot of nasty stuff in the air - ammonia I think - and nothing seemed to work.   Eventually two of the astronauts died and the survivor buried them - then just before he died he noticed things growing around their graves - their bodies had provided just the right nutrients for things to grow there.  Bit macabre, but it was a good story.  Anyone else read it, and remember the title and the author?

manassehkatz
User Rank
Author
A great & fast read!
manassehkatz   4/11/2014 6:00:45 PM
NO RATINGS
I saw this on my local library new books and read it as soon as it came out. Absolutely riveting - could not put it down, significantly affecting productivity for 2 days.


Another recent science fiction book I highly recommend is Influx by Daniel Suarez. Basically "what would happen if the most amazing scientific/technological innovations were kept secret by the government, and one man manages to break the system".

 

More Blogs from Engineer’s Bookshelf
Claude Shannon, whose theories about computing, information and communications have changed the world, was born on April 30, 1916.
A multicore reference with the latest in software and hardware tips that is easy to navigate, no matter what your interest area.
Artificial intelligence or not, formal verification is a technology that has become a must-have in the modern verification flow.
If the measure of a good technical reference is how many times you pick it up for different reasons, Robert Oshana’s book tops the list.
Incorporating effective power management into a design using the Android distribution of the Linux operating system using either its native power management framework or the widely used Universal Serial Bus hardware specification.
Flash Poll
April 2015 Cartoon Caption Contest: The Mighty Hamster
April 2015 Cartoon Caption Contest: The Mighty Hamster
Of all the exhibits in the Pre-Apocalypse Era Museum, Breek was always in awe of the unearthed details and true-to-scale reproduction of a technological creation space that the long gone humans had once inhabited.
147 comments
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed