Andy Weir.

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After taking us to Mars with little more than some potato seeds and leftover rocket fuel, Andy Weir’s next adventure will take place a little closer to home: on the moon. 

The new book is called Artemis and it’s coming Nov. 14, Crown Publishing announced Tuesday. 

The story, Crown claims, will once again feature Weir’s trademark, scientifically accurate world-building, but it will be a lot less lonely than Weir’s breakout novel, The Martian

Artemis introduces a protagonist every bit as memorable as The Martian’s Mark Watney: Jasmine Bashara, a.k.a. Jazz. Jazz is just another too-smart, directionless twentysomething, chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life.  Except the small town happens to be named Artemis—and it’s the first and only city on the moon,” Crown said in a press release. 

In a statement, Weir said the book was a “big stretch” for him, but he’s happy with the result. “I’m really excited about Artemis. I got to do the science-dork stuff I love, but this time with a much more complex and character-driven plot,” he said. 

Unsurprisingly, given The Martian‘s immense success at the box office, the movie rights for the new book have already been snatched by 20th Century Fox. 

Weir’s The Martian sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S., grabbing readers’ (and, later, moviegoers’) attention with meticulous attention to detail, a riveting story and an occasional good laugh. The book’s success allowed Weir — previously a software engineer — to pursue a full-time career in writing. 

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