Episode 46: The Martian, The Martian VS. MOON, Top 5 Survival Stories

“As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation.” We discuss Andy Weir’s breakout scifi novel The Martian! How did this self-published story become a bestselling novel? What’s unique about its blend of science and fiction? If you take out The Martian’s technobabble, is it still a compelling story? Will Matt Damon be a convincing astronaut in the 2015 Ridley Scott film adaptation? In the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER, who would you want to live with in a space station — The Martian’s Mark Watney or MOON’s Sam Bell? We share our top 5 survival stories and review the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World trailers. Special guest, bibliophile Zainab Chaudary of The Memorist.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – 19:45: The Martian - non-spoiler discussion.
  • 19:46 – 49:00: The Martian - spoiler review.
  • 49:01 – 58:35: INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER: The Martian VS. MOON.
  • 58:36 - 1:36:35: Top 5 Survival Stories.
  • 1:36:35 - 1:48:32: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens & Jurassic World trailer review.


Top 5 Survival Stories


  1. Battlestar Galactica
  2. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  5. Children of Men


  1. Europa, Europa by Solomon Perel
  2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  3. Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald
  4. Aron Ralston (Between a Rock and a Hard Place & 127 Hours)
  5. Cast Away


  1. Battlestar Galactica
  2. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  3. 127 Hours
  4. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  5. The Oregon Trail

Honorable Mentions:

  • Alive (1993 film)
  • The Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Marina Chapman