Author Katherine Maxfield will chat with novelist Andy Weir about his work The Martian, and the book's meteoric rise to success: from a self-published ebook, to a New York Times best-seller, to a film adaptation directed by Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon.
Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.
ABOUT THE MARTIAN
Andy Weir’s brilliant debut novel is a riveting story of survival against all odds set in space: six days ago, wise-cracking astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on the surface of Mars. Now he may be the first person to die there.
After an epic dust storm forces his team to abort their mission, Watney is accidentally abandoned on the red planet, millions of miles from the nearest human being with no way to signal Earth for rescue. But he isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his MacGyver-esque ingenuity, mechanical engineering skills, and a dogged refusal to quit, Watney steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.
All of the challenges Weir’s hero confronts—and the solutions he engineers—are both believable and science-based thanks to Weir’s extensive scientific and astronomical research.
ABOUT ANDY WEIR
Weir is a software engineer by trade, and a self-professed "space nerd" devoted to amateur study of relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.