The only other guy stranded on Mars movie before ‘The Martian’ was ‘Robinson Crusoe on Mars.’ It was SF with a lot of fantasy and enslaving aliens tossed in. Not bad for the 60s, but not very realistic. I like ‘The Martian’ better.
In some places they do have a ‘Meals on Wheels’ delivery for the elderly. So food delivery is an option, too. They would be in competition with pizza, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, etc. places, though.
Cool. I was teasing about needing a hobby while waiting. I knew they had plenty of other things to do pre and post contact, but I’ll bet they would have all traded an arm for a FTL relay between them and their wee bot. I’m proud of the silly thing. Now that is superior engineering, that a rover with an estimated service time of 90 days, is STILL chugging along! I doubt humans would do nearly as well in such a hostile and unforgiving environment. The daily dose of radiation would have killed a human on Mars by now, but that sturdy little bot keeps on going.
They could offer delivery service between pharmacies and the elderly who don’t get out much anymore. Or pick up and delivery between grocery stores and people who place their order online. Heavens, they even used to have delivery from dry cleaners, too.
28 miles in 14 years for such a small robot, and electric powered, too, with only solar panels for recharging is still quite an achievement. Especially since it could only be moved a few centimeters at a time because of the time delay in communications between Earth and Mars (4 min. to 24 mins. depending on where the 2 planets were located at the time.) I. E. send an order to the rover, wait an average of 13 min. 48 sec. for it to get there, the rover moves and sends back a new set of pictures of where it is – 13m48s we get the pictures, check the pictures to make sure we’re not about to order it over a drop-off or into a rock, send next order and wait. An exercise in patience of a monumental order of being. Pack a book to work or take up knitting while waiting. :)
Gah! ‘became material to make more dittos.’ I hate typos!
Yes, and Holly’s ‘alternate reality’ was more of a virtual reality than a true one. She’s in one of those orbs ‘living’ out the life she wanted to lead in exchange for keeping the ship powered. You’ll notice, she was still a mouse so that is how she sees herself, while her husband and child were human – her idealized versions of them. It’s more like dreaming than truly living, lucid, but still only a dream.
I just had a thought about the ‘shifting’ of appearances. Aaron said there is no mutagenic virus, which has left all of us to wonder what did cause the change. But in this reality there are ‘dittos.’ As we’ve seen from their experiences on the ship, they can shape reality, or at least appear to do so. These dittos are nanites, nanobots, and they do reshape things, especially people. What if the ‘viral’ plague that hit was the accidental unleashing of these nanites? Everyone, including the Topsiders, have jumped to the conclusion that the mutating was disease based, but if no one knew about the nanites that would be a fair conclusion. We know that the dittos are psychic, Wally can control them with his mind, and if they start changing a person while they are awake, that person panics and a monster is the result. The monster shapes are the result of fear and panic. That would explain why the Topsiders go straight to monster. They expect to mutate into a horror and the nanites oblige them. I think the animal forms the sleeping humans turn into are a reflection of that person’s view of their personality – bear-like, mousy, catty, etc. And the humans who were ‘immune’ to the plague were the ones most comfortable with their self-identity. It would explain why the dittos reduced all other life forms, like plants, to dust, they don’t think. They just because material to make more dittos. Guess they wiped out the animals, too. But buildings and machines remained intact.
Yes, and Helen Keller, too. What the heck did she ever do to the idiots running Texas? Be smarter? Vote Beto 2018!!
The wolf in panel three has an abashed look on his face as if unsure of his reception, but Jolene looks at him and offers him a tentative smile. I don’t think she’s in any danger.