Andy Weir, bornon June 16, 1972 in Davis, California, is the only child of an astrophysicist fatherand an electrical-engineering mother. Unfortunately, Weir’s parents divorced whenhe was just eight years old.
At a very young age, Weir had a desire andinterest in science fiction novels as he grew up reading famous works of ArthurC. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. Before writing, however, Weir perused as a computerprogrammer where he was hired at Sandia National Laboratory at the age offifteen. To further enhance his career and knowledge of programming, he decidedto admit at The University of California San Diego where he studied computerscience. Even though he may have not graduated, his career as a computerprogrammer was a success as he worked for top-tier software companies such as AOL, Palm,MobileIron and Blizzard, where he worked on the popular 1995 video game, WarcraftII: Tides of Darkness. It wasn’t until Weir was in his twenties were hediscovered and utilised his profound talent of writing by creating many sciencefiction novels and publishing them online.
In 2009, Weir published his first famousand recognisable short story called TheEgg. It was originally posted on his website, Galactanet and from that dayforward, it has been translated into thirty other countries, symbolizing itsgreat achievement. The success of The Egginfluenced Weir to write his first novel called The Martian. He began to write the novel in 2009 but was notcompleted until 2011. However, throughout the process, Weir would post newchapters that he wrote onto his website.
This is interesting because manypeople witnesses and read the #1 New York Times Bestseller for free and beforeit was actually published. After noticing a large audience reading his novel,Weir decided to put it on e-reader for free. After a high demand of requests,Weir later sold his novel on Amazon for only ninety nine cents. Six monthsafter its release on Amazon, about 35,000 copies we sold which means Weir onlymade a profit of thirty cents for every book sold. With such success, The Martian made it to the Kindlebestseller list.
As more copies were purchased on Amazon, an agent met withWeir and together agreed to sell the rights of the novel to Crown PublishingGroup. The Martian was then awarded as Goodreads choice for Best ScienceFiction in 2014. Following its success as a novel, it was later produced andre-enacted as a film in 2015. Nowadays, Weir currently lives in Mountain View,California, where he published his latest novel called Artemis.