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Robert Pearlman
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Artemis
by Andy Weir
The bestselling author of "The Martian" returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller — a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself — and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Crown (November 14, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0553448129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553448122

Robert Pearlman
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Nerdist interviewed Andy Weir (video below) and describes the plot of "Artemis" as follows:
The story follows Jasmine Bashara, a.k.a. Jazz, an aimless yet prodigal twentysomething who yearns 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 obscenely wealthy.

Unlike astronaut Mark Watney, Jazz's biggest challenge won't be finding the perfect way to convert your living room into a makeshift potato farm. Rather, Jazz, who works as a porter, finds herself caught up in a life of crime when her side hustle as a smuggler leads her to the perfect score. Unfortunately, this so-called "perfect score" winds up having unexpected consequences and soon Jazz finds herself caught in the middle of a shadowy conspiracy as opposing forces vie for control of Artemis itself.

Robert Pearlman
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From Andy Weir on Facebook:
Hey, guys! After years of work I am finally ready to announce my next book: ARTEMIS.

And, about four nanoseconds after we told movie studios we were willing to sell the rights, 20th Century Fox swooped in with an offer that was too awesome to refuse.

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The first chapter of "Artemis" is now available to read online. From Andy Weir:
Want a sneak-peek at Artemis? Well, here you go! We've posted Chapter One online as a teaser.

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Very interesting! I love the little clickable texts in it. I am eager to read more about Jazz.

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Andy Weir is signing bookplates for pre-orders:
Preorder a copy of Artemis, on sale Nov. 14, 2017, from any retailer and fill out this form to receive a bookplate signed by Andy Weir to put in your book, while supplies last. If you've already preordered your book, you can still submit your info here. Offer valid to US only.

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to develop to direct "Artemis" for 20th Century Fox.
Lord and Miller will work with the studio to set a writer to turn Weir's latest sci-fi entry into a script.

...they sparked to Weir's book and the opportunity it gives them to build from scratch a world that is a departure from past directing efforts that have included "The Lego Movie" and the "21 Jump Street" franchise.

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Andy Weir's "Artemis" book tour has been announced:
  • Nov. 14, 7:30pm: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, NY (moderated by Jeff Kluger, ticketed event)

  • Nov. 16, 7pm: Politics & Prose at Sidwell Friends Meeting House, Washington, DC (conversation with Eliza Barclay/VOX, ticketed event)

  • Nov. 18, 1pm: Space Center Houston, Texas (talk and Q&A)

  • Nov. 20, 7:30pm: Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA (talk and Q&A)

  • Nov. 29, 7pm: Village Books at Bellingham High School, Bellingham, WA (conversation with Dr. Melissa Rice, ticketed event)

  • Nov. 30, 7pm: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA (conversation with Neal Stephenson, ticketed event)

  • Dec. 5, 7pm: Bookshop Santa Cruz at Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, CA (ticketed event)

  • Dec. 6, 7pm: Barnes & Noble, Huntington Beach, CA (conversation with Pierce Brown)

  • Dec. 7, 7:30pm: Mysterious Galaxy at Univ. of California San Diego's Price Center Theater, San Diego, CA (conversation with Dr. Erik Viirre, ticketed event)

  • Dec. 8, 6pm: Northrop Grumman (S-cafeteria), Redondo Beach, CA (LA Access fundraiser, conversation with Sanden Totten)

  • Dec. 12, 7pm: Books Inc, Mountain View, CA (talk, Q&A, ticketed event)

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Am I putting two and two together and making five, or is the Chapter 1 line from Jazz ("Come on, Bob!") not copyright H.H. Schmitt, 1972?

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I probably missed the info at one point but is there a reason why Mr. Weir has some publicity on cS and not other authors (except that his previous work was made into a movie)?

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We've had other dedicated topic about novels that revolve around a space history theme or have some other aspect to them that is grounded in real spaceflight.

"Artemis" includes multiple references to Apollo history that make it relevant to this site.

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Originally posted by Blackarrow:
...not copyright H.H. Schmitt, 1972?
The only reference to the line I can find in the LM transcript is ascribed to Cernan, "It'll come on, Bob." — which is, I think, a bit too far removed to be an homage.

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posted 10-02-2017 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to reading Artemis.

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quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The only reference to the line I can find in the LM transcript is ascribed to Cernan...
I'm pretty sure I recently saw a clip from an Apollo 17 EVA TV transmission including Schmitt chiding Capcom Robert Parker with "Come on, Bob!" I'll check.

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Eureka! The exclamation is actually: "Come on, now, Bob!" (spoken quite forcefully) by Jack Schmitt, on EVA-1 at 118:40:57 shortly after the U.S. flag was planted in the ground.

I note that on 30th September, Robert acknowledged that "Artemis" includes multiple references to Apollo history, but whether "Come on now, Bob!" and "Come on, Bob!" are related is probably a question which only Andy Weir can answer. Is he watching this? If not, can he be contacted?

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In the context of the story (I've read a review copy) there is no subtle or explicit indication that "Bob" is a nod to Parker.

I don't believe Andy Weir monitors this forum, but he is on Facebook if you want to ask him.

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Well, since you have read the whole book, you have something of an advantage over me, Robert. Looks like I'll have to buy a copy once it's available.

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As a child of the '80s, I have to chime in with another reference: "Artemis 2" was the Apollo-esque moon mission that met with an unfortunate end at the hands of General Zod and his cohorts early in "Superman 2."

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I received my autographed bookplate yesterday. I now eagerly await the book!

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Apollo in 'Artemis': Author Andy Weir sets new book at site of first moon landing

One hundred and 15 years after NASA's historic Apollo 11 mission landed the first astronauts on the moon, tourists bound about "Tranquility Base" and stay at a commercial lunar base, at least as envisioned by the author of "The Martian" in his new book...

collectSPACE recently caught up with Andy Weir via email for a spoiler-free chat about the references to Apollo in "Artemis."

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I noticed today at Andy Weir's Space Center Houston book signing that there are two versions of the U.S. dust cover: a matte print and a glossy finish version. Both accompany first edition, first printing copies.

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Barnes & Noble stores will sell a limited number of "Artemis" signed copies this Black Friday.

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I finished Artemis last night. I really enjoyed it, Jazz is not a perfect person, and her character would be the first to tell you that.

I really liked the Artemis city descriptions. I understand there may be more books based there. No potatoes though...

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Warning, minor spoiler ahead...

Andy Weir did a Reddit AMA today, where he was asked:

Is the groundskeeper Jazz meets actually Mark Watney? Supporting evidence:
  • Guy likes plants - spends his time in the one place with real, living plants.
  • Used to travel a lot for work. Understatement of the century.
  • Never stated his name, only that it is not "Mike". "Mark" is maddeningly similar.
  • What old man would be comfortable with space travel, aside from one already versed in it (assuming he immigrated within the last decade or two)?
Another Reddit member went into a bit more detail about the suspicion here, too.

Weir responded to the AMA question by posting a winking emoticon. But earlier he apparently confirmed it.

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Matt Damon has another movie role lined up, it seems.

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That did not even dawn on me! Cool!

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Just finished listening to the book and enjoyed it. Not big on the language used in places but worth the listen.

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