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Movie: The Martian, co-worker impressions.

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It's interesting to me, my co-workers saw the movie The Martian and said that it wasn't science fiction. Instead they said it was “realistic.” After they described the plot to me, it is what I'd consider hard science fiction. Keep in mind I haven't seen the movie, just heard about it from them. So the general public perhaps only considers soft science fiction as science fiction.

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Indeed. The Martian, while an excellent film that doesn't cheat plot points with magic, is true science fiction for this reason alone: 

Every person making important decisions about the mission is scientifically literate. This was one of the main tropes of the classic, Hugo Gernsback-styled space age scifi from the 50s. 

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