After an enthusiastic response to film clips shown at Fox’s CinemaCon 2015 in April, the rest of the world finally has its first look at Ridley Scott's "The Martian." 

Based on the best-selling book by author Andy Weir, "The Martian" tells the story of one astronaut (played by Matt Damon) and his efforts to survive on the surface of Mars after he's accidently left for dead. Considering our love of anything to do with the red planet these days, that elevator pitch would be enough to put most people in seats. Where Weir's tale takes a turn for even more nerd cred is just how much effort he put into making "The Martian" as scientifically plausible as possible — basing everything on current technology.

"If people don’t like the book and say it’s because of the main character, well, that’s a matter of opinion,” he told EW last year. “But what bugs me is when people say there are scientific inaccuracies when there are not.”

Inspired by the CinemaCon reception, I recently picked up a copy of "The Martian" and — well, let's just say I might as well have been on another planet as far as my family was concerned. The story is not only engrossing and hilarious (the stranded astronaut, Mark Watney, is a certified smart-ass), but also richly layered in topics covering everything from the chemistry of surviving Mars to the physics of escaping it. It's like a dense science lesson you'll actually stay awake through and eagerly return to for more. 

"My ideology is simple: At all costs, prevent the reader from putting the book down," Weir told Amazing Stories. "Make them stay up late reading and then only stop because they had to sleep."

Check out the first trailer for "The Martian" below. The film hits theaters in November. 

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Science-heavy thriller 'The Martian' blasts off with first trailer
Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars who is forced to engineer an epic survival plan.