ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.
What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
I’m not the best. But what makes me good is accurate scientific detail intermixed with humor.
How will you stay the best?
Still not the best. But I’ll keep practicing and working hard at my craft.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: Get over my anxieties and fears, of which there are many
Business: Write another bestseller.
Most challenging moment?
I have a crippling fear of flying. But I was invited to Johnson Space Center for a week of VIP tours. I really wanted to do it, so I flew there and back. It was a huge step for me.
What fascinates you?
Real world science. Especially sciences related to propulsion and space travel.
“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.” – Terry Pratchett
NASA flight controllers
(photo credit: NASA James Blair and Lauren Harnett)