Why “The Martian“ Author Doesn’t What It Costs To Live In San Francisco 1 day ago   01:28

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VICE News recently spoke with noted science fiction authors and scholars, including The Martian author Andy Weir and The Expanse co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank, for a series exploring the often inspiring, occasionally terrifying, and always thought-provoking ways science and sci-fi have overlapped and shape the world around us.

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Copy Copley
What a load of BS. Nothing is apolitical. And The Martian is hella predictable.
Michael Humphreys
Great book and movie... but sad to say, Politics becomes noticeable anyway bc it seems more and more that Conservatives at high levels of government don’t “accept” science.... and therefore are less likely to accept or appreciate the Story... which likely means it was not written by a Conservative.... but by someone that inherently “accepts” Scientific understanding... is, more likely a liberal....
Leo Ronin
Cuz sci-fi movies,tv,books should be an escape not be full of political, social,ect... shit we have to deal with it every where already unfortunately
Keith J
I loved the book and the movie for that very reason! Just tell me a story. I know I can go elsewhere to find info on politics.
ThePalatineHill
yeah i still didn't like the movie that much, had a problem with feeling like 99 percent drama and 1 percent science, without any direct sense of fictional science (basically going off of what he said as everything he did was based off of known science and he didn't seek to hypothesis new ideas, new physics, new technologies and as a result the movie was all around boring).

Much like his distaste for politics i hate pointless drama as once you get a sense of that you can make the same narrow predictions of what a story will be about. And in this case, extremely narrow. There was never a chance he as the writer would have killed him off so you know he was going to live and with that prediction alone it made most of the advancements the character made plot cheats towards surviving.
My problem with that movie is that it didn't innovate and explore new ideas. Doing so would have been boring and technical. Create a story theorizing a base on Titan or hell any of the moons over either of the two gas giants. Neptune and Triton even. Deal with ideas unexpected. But stay there. The Martian felt more like a personal drama than a sci-fi movie of how to survive in a bullshit scenario, one in which were it not guided by the god of the machine he would have died.
While I kinda agree politics isn't really a good thing to put in a story i disagree that one should never use it. Politics in total relativity to itself is useful for world building.
However, contrived drama can be just as bad as poorly placed politics and petty allusions to modern issues. But not even considering balancing either or completely excluding one is a poor choice imho
Nicolas Ramirez
Hi Vice if u read this can u should do one Ukraine
boustilash
Wheres the news?
Şahin yaşar
now i want look at war genre of book shelf for future
D.C. Stranded
I haven't seen or read the Martian yet, now I probably should cause if you look at some of the culture wars going on you see in things like for instance in the comic book community you got some people yelling "keep your politics out of it" and others going "politics is everywhere because politics is a part of life and has always been there in some form or another", so based on what Mr. Weir here says about his work, it might make for interesting comparison/contrast
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What It Costs To Live In San Francisco Why “The Martian“ Author Doesn’t 1 day ago   04:49

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Perennially perched at or near the top of lists of America’s most expensive and affluent cities, San Francisco is increasingly out of reach for people who would be card-carrying members of the American middle class elsewhere. VICE Money spent a day with a state university professor to see how her family of four deals with the city’s high cost of living.

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