Mark your calendars folks! The author of the bestselling novel, The Martian, is coming to BHS to discuss his new book, Artemis. He will be in conversation with Western Washington University’s very own, Dr. Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Geology.
Andy Weir’s brilliant debut novel The Martian, a gripping story of survival against all odds, is a genuine publishing phenomenon. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a new science-fiction classic, it’s spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list (including twenty weeks at number one), has been published in forty languages worldwide, and has sold more than four million copies in North America alone—not to mention being adapted into the hit movie of the same name, starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott.
In his much anticipated new novel Artemis (Crown, on sale November 14, 2017), Weir has crafted a near-future crime caper that introduces a protagonist every bit as memorable as The Martian’s Mark Watney: Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz. Jazz is just another too-smart, directionless twentysomething, chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life. Except the small town happens to be named Artemis—and it’s the first and only city on the moon.
Life on Artemis is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire, and Jazz is decidedly not a member of either category. She’s got debts to pay, her job as a porter barely covers the rent, and her budding career as a smuggler isn’t exactly setting her up as a kingpin, much to her disappointment. For her—and the 2,000 working-class inhabitants of Artemis’s five domes—life means fighting to get into a guild for a shot at a decent living, gulping down another meal of the dubiously flavored algae known as gunk, then washing the latest frustrations away on a tide of reconstituted beer (tastes just like the real thing, except not really!) before heading home to another night in a coffin-size sleeping capsule. So when the chance at a life-changing score drops in her lap, Jazz can’t say no, even though she’s sure there’s more to the setup than meets the eye. And, indeed, pulling off the perfect crime is just the first of Jazz’s problems as she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Brimming over with Weir’s trademark charm, filled with smart, detailed world building based in real science, and propelled by a deliciously twisty heist plot, Artemis is an irresistible new science-fiction thrill ride that’s sure to take its place alongside The Martian as a new classic in the genre.
Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, The Martian, allowed him to pursue writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice has been named by NASA as a Participating Scientist on the Mars Curiosity Rover science team. Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Wellesley College and her doctorate in Astrophysics from Cornell University, after which she completed postdoctoral work on the rovers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Proceeds will benefit Bellingham High School’s PTSA. Doors open at 6:30pm