The Martian is a 2011 science fiction novel written by Andy Weir. It was his debut novel underneath his own identify. It was initially self-published in 2011; Crown Publishing bought the rights and re-launched its audiobooks and the earth long book in 2014. The story follows Mark Watney, an American astronaut, as he becomes stranded alone on the planet Mars in the year 2035 and must improvise in order to survive. The Martian, a movie adaptation starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, was released to critical acclaim in October 2015. It won the Golden Globe for best comedy (which is itself very funny, because the story, although slightly humorous, is no where close to being the best comedy of they year).
Damon’s film beat Apatow’s Trainwreck, Joy, The Big Short, and Spy to the award for best comedy or musical, while star Matt Damon also compounded the controversy by winning the best actor in a comedy or musical.