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posted by martyb on Saturday May 01, @05:34AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

Cybil over on the GoodReads web site has an interesting article titled "The Science (and Math) of Andy Weir's Sci-Fi Success" about an interview with Andrew Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis. They discuss his previous books a bit as well as where he gets his ideas from before digging into some of the details about his upcoming book Project Hail Mary.

For Andy Weir, the fun of writing is in the research. He spoke to Goodreads contributor April Umminger about striving to become a better writer, the process he used to create a beloved alien, and how he comes up with the ideas for his books.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @06:34AM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @06:34AM (#1145043)

    If they knew what working in science was really like they would stop funding most of it. So sure, keep imagining professors striding onto Mars in bubble masks extracting the oxygen from cosmic rays. Meanwhile the freshmans' homework needs grading...

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday May 01, @12:46PM (5 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 01, @12:46PM (#1145097) Journal

      If they knew what working in science was really like they would stop funding most of it.

      They already aren't funding most of it.

      • (Score: 2) by wisnoskij on Saturday May 01, @01:25PM (4 children)

        by wisnoskij (5149) <jonathonwisnoskiNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Saturday May 01, @01:25PM (#1145105)

        Honestly, scientists need to be more fugal. They get trillions, how much is really needed?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @03:39PM (2 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @03:39PM (#1145133)

          You forgot the sarcasm tag, and yes it is always needed

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @05:47PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @05:47PM (#1145164)

            guess we should keep funneling an infinite amount of money into breast cancer research

            fuck the men with cancer

          • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday May 02, @03:07AM

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday May 02, @03:07AM (#1145279) Journal

            You forgot the sarcasm tag, and yes it is always needed

            Everything else you could burn several trillion dollars on is just as needed (particularly by the people who would be benefiting from the spending). Maybe your post needed a sarcasm tag too.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @05:57PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @05:57PM (#1145167)

          > fugal

          You mean... in 5 parts? Not sure I get your point.

          Fungal? Frugal?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @01:51PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @01:51PM (#1145110)

      >> Meanwhile the freshmans' homework needs grading...

      So invent a homework grading robot, you lazy scientist!

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by DECbot on Saturday May 01, @02:53PM

        by DECbot (832) Subscriber Badge on Saturday May 01, @02:53PM (#1145125) Journal

        Tried it. The students started feeding it kitten photos to ace their exams. The problem is, it was a calculus course.

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        cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @06:07PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 01, @06:07PM (#1145171)

        Not just a grading robot, a space-faring homework grading robot who needs to save humanity with its homework correcting abilities.

  • (Score: 2) by jasassin on Saturday May 01, @09:44PM (2 children)

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Saturday May 01, @09:44PM (#1145228) Journal

    Thanks to a cool soylentier who recommended Andy Weir and Artemis and The Martian, I read them. At the end of The Martian I couldn't stop reading! Talk about a page turner!

    Project Hail Mary is already listed in my local library. They are going to have 4 digital copies and I'm 21st in the queue.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 02, @12:51PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 02, @12:51PM (#1145365)

      For juvenile fantasy adventures, you might also like these [wikipedia.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 02, @02:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 02, @02:31PM (#1145393)

      They are going to have 4 digital copies and I'm 21st in the queue.

      It's like we are already living in a distopia [gnu.org].
      (Not an attack on you, just reality being depressing again.)

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