‘The Martin’ Author Andy Weir Does Reddit AMA On New Book


Unless you’ve been hiding in a Unbound Worlds-shielded bomb shelter somewhere (Which, if so, get your money back: Our geekish radiation penetrates even the most sturdy of shelters.) then you’ll know that we’re extremely excited about the publication of Andy Weir’s amazing novel The Martian. Apparently, we aren’t the only ones!

During a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything – kind of a collective interview with the Reddit community), Weir mentioned that he had a few fans at NASA!


Has NASA ever commented on “The Martian”? Are you affiliated to them in any way?

Coming from a former NASA engineer, you’d be a great NASA engineer 🙂

sephalon (Andy Weir):

Actually I have a really cool story about that! On Christmas Eve, the ISS astronauts had to do an emergency EVA to repair a damaged component on the station. While the folks at Mission Control were waiting for that EVA to start, they apparently started chatting about The Martian, and one of them sent me a nice complimentary email. They invited me to Johnson Space Center for a tour some time.

That’s probably the coolest email I’ve ever gotten in my life!

Get over to Reddit and read the rest of the AMA!

More about The Martian:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?