Week Nine: Space Opera
Prompt :Readings for this week emphasize works that use the genre markers of 19th century popular fiction and place them in the context of an imagined future.
"The martian" by Andy Weir follows the journey of a space botanist after he has been stranded by his crew on mars after they think he's dead. Faced with this challenge the first thing he does is calculate, ruling out that he has a limited supply of air , a finite supply of food but and infinite amount of time until he's possibly rescued by his crew. Weir set up the whole premise so that every obstacle that the protagonist has to face would be logical and not exaggerated like an asteroid. After holding out for a good while with the minimal supplies he had available to him , the protagonists begins to face progressively bigger and worse obstacles. Eventually a rescue mission was sent out but a botched construction and some faulty timing bring that whole plan to ground zero after it ends in an explosion. OK LISTEN , how can one man survive for two years on potatoes , like i would literally rip my hair out if i had to eat nothing but potatoes and maybe even their god dammed stalks and leaves because there was nothing else available to me. This man has the steal will of god knows what because i wouldn't be able to handle it , i mean you can last on it for a while because of different flavors and preparation styles but this man was unfortunately stuck with at best two ways to get them cooked. Also , how does this man have that much duct tape ? theres seemed to have been like an endless amount of it because everything kept going wrong and he was able to fix most of it with his smarts and a shit ton of duct tape that he just magically keeps producing out of his stock of supplies .