Due to the upcoming movie adaption featuring Matt Damon, many readers have been requesting the audiobook of Andy Weir’s The Martian. Although it’s considered science fiction, Weir’s novel is backed up by extensive scientific research. There is a lot to love about the novel, which could make it difficult figuring out what to enjoy next. Below is a list of audiobooks, movies, and T.V. shows that are similar to The Martian.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield– If you enjoyed the scientific aspect of The Martian, check out Col. Chris Hadfield’s memoirs of his NASA training. In the audiobook, you will hear how Hadfield broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. Hadfield takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.
Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration by Buzz Aldrin– Similar to Hadfield’s memoir, Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during the landing of Apollo 11– and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings– Aldrin plots out the path he proposes towards the exploration of Mars.
Interstellar– With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan, was inspired by the lack of funding for NASA’s exploration of Mars; and began studying relativity, much like Weir, in hopes of accurately portraying the science involved.
Gravity– Gravity, although not as thoroughly researched, follows the footsteps of The Martian and explores the chances of survival in space. Follow along as a medical engineer and experienced astronaut attempt to survive the destruction of their shuttle. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Ascension– A Syfy original mini-series inspired by the real life Project Orion that thrived under President John F. Kennedy. In the alternate reality, 600 volunteers, whose mission was to populate an Earth-like planet, begin to question the true intentions of the their century long voyage.
Defiance– There are not many television series that take place in space, but Defiance, although the setting remains on Earth, explores similar notions of human strength and survival. It’s 2046, and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived and changed life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-law keeper and the newly-appointed mayor attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace for which humans have fought.