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Science Fiction Worth Reading: Project Hail Mary #BookReview #scifi #sciencefiction

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is an engrossing read. He has a real flare for writing hard science fiction and making it exciting and readable. I liked it as much as The Martian.

It was full of adventure and problems and solutions through science. One surviving scientist wakes from an induced coma with no memory and has to solve humanity’s biggest dilemma. Then he discovers he’s not alone.

What started as a bleak mission – a suicide mission to hopefully save Earth and humanity – ended up being inspiring and full of hope. Weir shows us how humans can be low and how we can be at our best. Why can’t we always be so amazing, question? (You’ll get that when you read the book)

If you loved The Martian, you’ll love this book, too. We spend most of the story in space and discover new life and new worlds. Discovery of new life and worlds is my favorite part of sci-fi, so I was glad to see those two things in this story. Usually, I find a lot of award-winning books don’t stand up to the hype, but this one does.

Here’s the official blurb:

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

 

The Angry Red Planet: #MovieReview #ScienceFiction

What to say about this one… First, I watch these movies so that you don’t have to.

Husband Unit and I both thought the lead actor, Colonel Tom, was annoying and creepy. If I met him in real life, I’d run away. Fast.

The special effects aren’t spectacular, and the storyline could have had some twists. It was a pretty straightforward plot. Rocket returns from Mars, female astronaut is too hysterical to speak, and something green is growing on Tom. We find out what happened on Mars via a flashback. As far as flashbacks go, it was better than most. It was the main story, and it was on Mars, so it wasn’t the boring kind.

What happened on Mars was pretty interesting, once we got past the boring bits of staring out the window a lot. There were some great monsters. I especially enjoyed the bat/rat/crab thing. The Martians then sent the rocket away with a warning not to come back. We had that warning from the Moon in another movie.

The acting was better than usual, the plot would have been better if they had emphasized the interesting bits and gotten rid of the boring parts, and the effects were below average. There was the helmet with no faceplate thing going on, too, and the spacesuits didn’t look like they’d protect anyone from a breeze.

The monsters take this from a 4 beer rating to a 3.5. If there had been more aliens/monsters, or dancing, or funny bits, the rating would be higher. Those cheesy moments were missing, however.

 

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Wild and Wonderful Oregon: Eagle Rock #NaturePhotography #NatureBeauty

 

Eagle Rock is worth exploring in wild and wonderful Oregon.

In the Ochocos Mountains, Eagle Rock is an erosional remnant of a hardened volcanic ash deposit. You can climb up it, which I did. That was the easy part. Getting down was much harder. Knowing that, didn’t stop me. Luckily, I didn’t break myself. That would have been easy to do.

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What spectacular views! In the morning, the higher elevations had some snow.

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It’s Time for the Thankful for Sci-Fi Sale! #scifi #Booklover #sciencefiction

Grateful for my readers, here’s a sale to keep you in science fiction books for November!

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The Not of this Earth Bookshop has Semper Audacia, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear, and Spaceberg on sale for 50% off! What a deal!

Use coupon code thx4scifi2211 at checkout!

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