The Martian is one of my favorite books. I’ve read it at least three times. I love reading about science, and science used well in science fiction. I first found out about it from a suggestion thread in a FB group. Here’s the weird thing: I still haven’t seen the movie. Somehow, my attempts for a watch are always interrupted. But, yes, when summer vacation rolls around it’s on my TBR.
The Arrival is based on a short story “Story of your Life” by Ted Chiang. I first read his short story “Hell is the Absence of God” in an anthology. I really loved the way he used real science with a beautiful talent for language. I bought his collection and it is one of my frequent re-visits. If you’ve seen the movie, and never read the short story, it’s well worth reading his whole collection.
Dune is a classic. The spice. The worms. The Bene Gesserit. I need to re-read Dune. I was first introduced to Dune by a friend who lived down the hall from me at my dorm room or so many years ago. She was a Dune fanatic. She had all the Dune books arranged on a shelf in her room and loved it. The truth is, it’s been so long now since I’ve read the novel, I doubt I remember it correctly. My feelings about Dune are largely based on the 1984 movie with Kyle McLachlan and Sting and the TV movie (which I remember as being pretty good) and Children of Dune. I guess I’ll do a re-watch after the re-read. I have the soundtrack to Children of Dune, which I really love. A Dune movie (2020) is in the works-but as the cast grows larger and the rumors spread-one wonders what will actually happen. I will probably go and see it out of some weird sense of nerd/fandom loyalty regardless of its reviews.