Andy Weir's first novel "The Martian" took the world by storm, a dusty red Mars storm. It hit hard and fast, a masterful melding of humor, science, peril, and heart. It was quickly scooped up by 20th Century Fox with Drew Goddard attached to direct the script he adapted. But then Sir Ridley Scott stepped in to take over the slatted chair, Matt Damon was cast in the lead role, and the film ended up with 7 Oscar nominations and was the it was the highest-grossing Fox film of 2015.
How do you follow up something like that? Very carefully, right? The next book will be called "Artemis", and you can check out this video Andy and Crown Publishing Group put together to announce the book after the poster art.
Early synopsis for "Artemis" read:
The story follows Jasmine Bashara, a.k.a. Jazz, an aimless yet prodigal twentysomething who yearns to leave her boring, small-town life behind for something bigger and better. Except in Jazz's case, her small town is named Artemis and just so happens to be the first–and only–city on the moon. But life on the moon isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if you're not obscenely wealthy.
The awesome news is that TODAY, Read It Forward published the first chapter of "Artemis" online, and you can read it here. This chapter has everything in it that made me fall in love with Andy's style; the reality of these characters in situations that are presented with complete believability, even if it is a colony on the freaking moon. I cannot WAIT to read the rest of the novel.
I was lucky enough to interview Andy at San Diego Comic Con before The Martian hit theaters, and it was a pretty fabulous experience.
The Crown Publishing Group will release "Artemis" in print and digital formats in the United States and Canada on November 14, 2017. You can preorder it on Amazon! Also, 20th Century Fox has already optioned the film rights.