When is the Last Time You Went to Mars?

Lately I Have Spent Much Time on Mars

No, I have not lost my mind.   If you believe what Stephen King says about writing:

“What is writing? Writing is telepathy.”

Stephen King, On Writing, Memoirs of the Craft

In that sense, I have been on Mars quite a bit of the late.  While I have been cheating, listening to audio books rather than reading,  I must still give both of the audio books below two thumbs up.  They are great stories and well read by the respective narrators.  I have been leaping from my great room in my loft every time I do dishes, cook or deal with laundry and cleaning.

The Martian by Andy Weir is an excellent “hard” science fiction book. Hard science fiction is defined as science fiction which technologically possible.  I became aware of this book while listening to an episode of Science Friday.  All you need to know about this book is the one question the author had to answer in order to write it; “Could a stranded astronaut survive on Mars?”.  There is also an Audible version.  Also, check the related article below, a movie version is due out in 2015.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury is a classic that I somehow never got around to.  In my opinion, the forward of the book is just as fascinating as the rest of the work.  I could not agree with the author’s perspective more.  He states that it is not  science fiction but mythology.  On thing for sure, this work is timeless. (Audible version)