In 2011, US author Andy Weir self published his first novel – The Martian.
Having been rebuffed by literary agents when trying to get prior books published, Weir decided to put the book online in serial format one chapter at a time for free at his website.
It steadily became a phenomenon, with Crown Publishing winning an intense bidding war to publish the book in print in 2013. The Martian would become a fixture in the New York Times Best Seller list for months to come.
And then came Ridley Scott.
Scott will direct the film adaptation of Weir’s novel, which follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive. The film stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Michael Peña, Kate Mara and Sean Bean, with the first trailer just being released.
Quite a story…
by Andy Weir
I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth.
I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.
If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate.
If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst.
If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode.
If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I’m screwed.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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