In Andy Weir’s “Artemis” (Crown, 2017), the lead character is drawn into a crime caper on a lunar city. Weir is known for “The Martian” (Crown, 2014) which described in realistic detail how someone would survive being stranded on Mars. In “Artemis,” Weir brings a similar realism to the moon as the ultimate tourist destination.
“Artemis” was released today (Nov. 14) as a novel and audiobook featuring Rosario Dawson.
Space.com talked with Weir about the world of “Artemis”; creating its lead character, Jazz; and how “the moon is basically made of moon bases, with some assembly required.” [How Moon Bases and Lunar Colonies Work (Infographic)]
Space.com: Can you talk about how the idea for “Artemis” first developed?
Andy Weir: I wanted to design a city on the moon. I wanted to come up with a city on the moon and a reason for there to be a city on the moon. I came up with the city and how it was built and what its economic foundation was and everything long before I came up with the story or characters to take place in it. I guess that’s kind of — world-building and making settings is fun. The actual writing part is no fun. That’s kind of where the original idea came from.
Space.com: What kinds of stories did you try to set in that city before you finally settled on one?
Weir: I went through a few revisions. “Artemis,” as it is right now, was kind of my third attempt at a story, and that’s the one that stuck. The first two revisions just weren’t very good. I may steal elements of them someday, so I’m not really telling people what they are. But in the first revision, Jazz — who is the main character in “Artemis” — Jazz was a very minor, tertiary character. I just needed a comedy smuggler type, and so I invented her for that. And I didn’t like the plot that had developed, and in the next revision of story, Jazz was much more…