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Andy Weir
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Mountain View, CA, USA

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Primary Industry:
Education, Writing
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Experience Timeline:
21-30 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

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.

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What do you do best?:

Write science-fiction

What makes you the best version of yourself?:

I’m not the best. But what makes me good is accurate scientific detail intermixed with humor. I’ll keep practicing and working hard at my craft.

What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

Personal: Get over my anxieties and fears, of which there are many

Business: Write another bestseller.

Biggest Success?:
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.


“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

Favorite People/Role Models?:

NASA flight controllers

Favorite Places/Destinations?:


Favorite Products/Objects?:

Diet Coke

Current Passions?:

Relativistic Physics

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What fascinates you?

Real world science. Especially sciences related to propulsion and space travel.

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