"The Martian" book author Andy Weir doesn't think there's life on Mars

"The Martian" book author Andy Weir doesn't think there's life on Mars

Following in a long line of Mars-obsessed authors is Andy Weir, author of "The Martian" (which has skyrocketed to to the top of sci-fi bestseller lists, and the movie adaptation comes out on Nov. 25). So that made this statement from Weir at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C. on May 5, surprising: "I suspect that there is no life on Mars," Weir said during a Q&A about his book. "The Martian" tells the story of Mark Watney, a botanist and mechanical engineer who is left stranded on Mars when his crew is forced to evacuate without him during a violent dust storm on the planet. His crew is part of the fictional Ares program which is exploring Mars to look for signs of life. None of the characters come across any life forms though — the entire plot line is Martian-free. And even outside the science fiction realm, Weir doesn't think there's any life to find on Mars. He's a self-described life-long space nerd and he has done a lot of research and reading about Mars for his book, so he has a well thought out reason why: "If you look at life on Earth it is extraordinarily tenacious and omnipresent," Weir said. "Life is good at occupying the entire planet." Not so much on Mars. Rovers have been driving around the red planet for years and haven't detected anything living. (Of course rovers are limited in what they can do, and we don't have one that can drill down very far below the surface yet.) Still, Mars and its potential life have captured the attention of the human race for good reason: scientists think it used to be a lot like Earth, and there's evidence that it used to have a huge ocean. Read More: Business Insider
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