E559: Andy Weir, author of NYT bestseller “The Martian” (soon to be Ridley Scott/Matt Damon movie) on writing the year’s science fiction smash




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Today’s guest is Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” NYT bestseller and soon to be a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott & starring Matt Damon. For nearly 20 years, Andy has been a prolific writer, following his science fiction passion when not at his full-time computer engineering job. “The Martian,” which started as a serialized book on his website for a small loyal audience, was eventually discovered by Random House and the rest is history. Jason and Andy have a fascinating conversation about “The Martian” (the book & movie), science fiction, writing, creativity, and inspiration. The story, about an astronaut who has to survive for years on Mars after being accidentally left behind, is an intelligent and exciting exploration of how people use resources in unexpected ways to solve unexpected problems. Andy shares how his research was as scientifically accurate as possible (NASA is happy), why now is the best time in history to be a writer because there are no more gatekeepers, what it was like to find out Ridley Scott and Matt Damon would be doing the movie (but why he never popped any champagne), the differences between tours at NASA vs. SpaceX (hint: SpaceX is a rocket factory & they don’t have time to mess around!), why the key to space travel is driving the price down to where middle class demand can reach it, why he is an optimist about energy and our planet, we learn Jason and Andy’s favorite Ridley Scott movies, and much much more!

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  • Awesome episode

  • Paul Towers

    There are a lot of similarities between Andy’s story and that of an Entrepreneur. The fact that he wrote 2 other books, before the third took off can easily be translated to the Entrepreneur who had two or three semi-decent ideas and/or startups before they uncovered the one that took hold.

    It also really showed the power of doing something that you love. While Andy wanted to be a writer, when he didn’t get picked up off his first book he just continued to do what he loved (to write). He shared it with the world for free via his blog and slowly but surely an audience was born. I think we can all take a lot from this message, whether it is in business or every day life.

    As luck would have it I also saw the trailer for The Martian the other week. Then hearing this episode (+ Jason’s past mentions of the book when talking about his love of Audible) meant that I just had to get it. I haven’t been able to put the book down since. Its a very interesting read and I particularly enjoy the resourcefulness and thought that went into solving the problems that arise in each chapter.

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