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SDCC Made Me Read “The Martian”

By Appraisingpages @appraisjngpages

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend San Diego Comic-Con. While “The Martian” has been on my mental ‘to-read soon’ list, yet I hadn’t picked up a copy before I made the trek out to San Diego.

This horror would soon be remedied.

Thursday brought along with it the usual excitement and crowds; thousands were eager to jump into the first full day of panels. To my surprise, we were able to walk in to Hall H and grab some seats for the Doctor Who panel (woohoo!). The only other Thursday panels that I was interested in were: “NASA: Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact” and “NASA: Journey to Mars.”

Yes, they were amazing.

It was during the “Journey to Mars” panel that I nearly cried over the fact that I hadn’t already read “The Martian.” Its author, Andy Weir, was a member of the panel and was so warm, witty, and such a space-geek that I decided I would read the book as soon as I could. I returned to Phoenix and bought the book.

 You may ask yourself: “Should I read this book?” or “But I’m not into science fiction, why would I read it?” or “What even is Mars?”

The answers to your questions, respectively:

1) Yes. Read it.

2) My friend and I had a little debate about whether we should call it “Science Fiction” or just “Fiction” (the fact that this was even happening was beautiful – #journeytomars). Read it.

3) Who even are you? Read it.


I would tell you that I won’t give you any spoilers, but that statement operates under the assumption that something in this universe could spoil, in any way, this book.

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