‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir’s New Book Will Take Place On The Moon

Fans of The Martian author Andy Weir have a few reasons to be excited these days.

First off, the film adaptation of his 2011 sci-fi novel — which tells the tale of an astronaut named Mark Watney who finds himself unexpectedly marooned on Mars — is up for several awards this year. Among them are Golden Globe nods for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Director (Ridley Scott) and Best Actor (Matt Damon).

Second, the computer programmer-turned-author is writing another book.

Ahead of the Dec. 22 Digital HD release of “The Martian” (the Blu-ray/DVD release is set for Jan. 12), I had the chance to chat briefly with Weir about Ridley Scott’s treatment of his epic, self-published saga, one that’s been hailed as a worthy “space Western” and “one of the year’s best movies.”

And yes, according to the author, worshippers of Weir’s witty and obsessive writing style — a delightfully disciplined take on sci-fi storytelling that strives to be as accurate as possible while maintaining a light-hearted narrative — can start counting down the days until his next title.

Weir’s upcoming book is set to take place in a city on the moon, and — I’m pretty excited about this bit — will center on a female lead. While Weir was decidedly vague on the details of his next work, he teased a late 2016 or early 2017 release. Mark your calendars accordingly.

Here’s more of what Weir had to say about his new book, the alternate film ending of “The Martain” (SPOILERS AHEAD for those who haven’t yet seen the movie), and his advice for self-publishers looking to follow in his footsteps.

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