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Author Credits THE MARTIAN for Adding Credibility to Science Fiction
By: Howard Brian Edgar
According to Howard Brian Edgar, whose debut post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller RUNAWAY MOON is climbing Amazon’s Kindle ebook sales charts, Weir broke new ground by doing his homework; the exhaustive research that made protagonist astronaut/botanist Mark Watney’s plight to survive alone on Mars so much more believable and scientifically plausible.
In similar fashion, Edgar’s carefully-researched sci-fi thriller RUNAWAY MOON presents readers with a mathematically improbable but scientifically plausible scenario: a rogue dwarf planet twice the size of Texas sneaks past NASA’s limited scope near-Earth object (NEO) detection system, narrowly misses Earth and slams into the Moon at 50,000 mph. Nearly half the people on Earth watch in awe as The Crash sends the Moon, a broken, ringed derelict, out into deep space.
A massive shockwave reaches Earth within seconds and the resulting impact rains huge chunks of debris down on the planet within days, leading to our sixth and possibly final mass extinction. The only known survivors: two dozen very lucky humans and a dog are forced to fight for their lives amid Stone Age conditions as they cope with a deadly chain reaction of natural geological and climate disasters.
“Readers, publishers and Hollywood producers and directors seem to have a newfound appreciation for science fiction based on science facts,” says RUNAWAY MOON’s author. “Especially those of us who groaned loudly and often at the utter lack of believability in so many science fiction movies and books from the past.”
Edgar says believability adds power to science fiction storytelling. “Too many sci-fi writers become so enamored with lengthy descriptions of futuristic technology that they forget the human element. Without a Mark Watney character to root for, believable plot devices and credible science to back them up, they lose sight of their storylines and their readers."
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