Andy Weir was always passionate about writing but he never expected his first published novel, The Martian, to have the kind of success that it did. In fact he tried so hard to give it away for free. He started by publishing it on his website one chapter at a time and then as an ebook for ninety-nine cents because that was the lowest price you could publish on the kindle. Then soon after, Random House called and wanted to publish the book and shortly after that 20th Century Fox bought the movie rights and Matt Damon played the starring role. Andy’s second novel, Artemis, comes out in November and while he has high hopes for it he knows it’s very likely that it won’t be as much of a success as his first.