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The Martian author’s next book is a crime story set on the moon

  • May 15, 2017

Andy Weir’s The Martian is one of those true “American Dream” stories, going from relative obscurity to becoming a Hollywood sensation. Now, the author has revealed details for his much-anticipated follow-up, which hits stores this November.

Called Artemis, the book will be a sci-fi crime story that take place on the moon. Nerdist exclusively revealed the book’s official plot and cover:

The story follows Jasmine Bashara, a.k.a. Jazz, an aimless yet prodigal twentysomething who years to leave her boring, small-town life behind for something bigger and better. Except in Jazz’s case, her small town is named Artemis and just so happens to be the first—and only—city on the moon. But life on the moon isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially if you’re not too obscenely wealthy.

Jazz will find herself getting into the shady business of smuggling, which leads to the perfect score. Soon, however, she’ll find herself caught up in a conspiracy as the fate of Artemis hangs in the balance.

Unlike The Martian, which was a simple man versus nature story, Artemis will be a more complex tale that goes deeper into the human condition.

Of course, with the high expectations of a big follow-up comes the inevitable movie. According to Nerdist, 20th Century Fox and New Regency have already scooped up the film rights for Artemis. For what it’s worth, The Martian grossed $630 million at the global box office, so anything from Weir is in high demand.

Artemis is set to hit bookstores on November 14. And if you’re so inclined, you can read our interview with Andy Weir below.

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