Andy Weir Project Hail Mary Virtual Event

A lone astronaut must save the Earth from disaster in an incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Martian."

Get a look inside author Andy Weir's newest book "Project Hail Mary" in a virtual event with the author at 7 p.m. CT on May 13. The first 400 registrants will receive signed copies of "Project Hail Mary."

Buy tickets to watch the live presentation on this webpage, and be part of this exciting presentation by submitting questions to questions@spacecenter.org.

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About Andy Weir

Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, "The Martian," allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time.

In 2014 Weir published his brilliant debut novel "The Martian," a gripping story of survival against all odds. The book was a genuine publishing phenomenon. Hailed by critics and fans alike as a new science fiction classic, it spent a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list (including nineteen weeks at number one) and has sold more than four million copies in North America alone—not to mention being adapted into the hit Matt Damon/Ridley Scott film.

In his follow-up, 2017’s "Artemis," Weir crafted a near-future crime caper that USA Today called “an action-packed techno-thriller of the first order,” and of which the Wall Street Journal raved “Weir revitalizes the lunar-colony scenario.” "Artemis" spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and was optioned for film by 20th Century Fox and New Regency, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller set to direct.

He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight.

About "Project Hail Mary"

In "Project Hail Mary" (Ballantine, on-sale May 4, 2021), Weir returns with a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival "The Martian." As the book opens, our hero Ryland Grace awakens to find himself on a spaceship, with his memories missing and nothing but two corpses for company. He soon discovers that he is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish.

Millions of miles from home, alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s now up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species…Except that he might not be as alone as he thought.

"Project Hail Mary" brilliantly delivers exactly what Weir’s fans crave—a thrilling tale of an astronaut sciencing his way past impossible problems and terrifying odds, with the future of humanity at stake—even as it takes us to places "The Martian" never dreamed of going. (Among its many surprises is a certain unforgettable character only Weir could’ve conceived of—and who you’ll find yourself rooting for in ways you never imagined possible).

Packed with big ideas, smart scientific speculation, and delightful plot twists—and with Weir’s signature sense of humor animating every page—"Project Hail Mary" is at once irresistible fun from start to finish, and a triumph of science fiction from a new master.

Sharing our excitement is movie star Ryan Gosling, who is set to play the lead in the adaptation. MGM snapped up the film rights on his behalf, with Phil Lord & Chris Miller (of “Lego Movie” fame) onboard to direct, and a producing team that includes Amy Pascal, former head of Sony studios.

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