Andy Weir, the author of The Martian, said his book started off as blog posts. In an interview with Android Central, Weir says he thought he was writing for a small group of nerds on his mailing list. The book’s success had been rather like winning the lottery.
Talking about the research he did for the book which is the story of an astronaut who gets stuck on Mars, Weir says he mostly looked things up on Google. The research he found fun – while the actual writing part was hard.
Weir said his book had been well received by the friends he had made at NASA and JPL, although there had been a few situations described in his book that could not have happened.
The Martian is released in the UK on 30 September.