View Full Version : Self-published novel The Martian is made into a movie

Laer Carroll
06-26-2015, 04:52 AM
It's rare that a self-published novel is picked up by trade publishers. Even rarer is to have it made into a movie. But that's what happened to Andy Weir's The Martian. You can read how in the following.


T Robinson
06-26-2015, 05:08 AM
Miracles do happen. That is great.

06-26-2015, 05:32 AM
I saw the trailer for the film when I was at the movies last week, and was intrigued enough by the premise to buy the book.

06-26-2015, 06:35 AM
I bought the book when the author was self-pubbing it for 99 cents on Amazon. Certainly the best buck I ever spent on a new book. ;) Ripping good yarn. Will see the movie. Nice to see the author getting some well-deserved success for it.

06-26-2015, 07:31 AM
Loved teh book. Don't think I realized it was self-pubbed. That makes it even awesomer.

06-30-2015, 04:08 AM
I roared through it. Terrific story, and I loved the MC's voice.

Bing Z
06-30-2015, 07:14 AM
The book is a must-read for every [scfi] writer. It has broken so many writing rules with perhaps a little too much tedious hard scfi details that it is supposed to be impossible to sell and read. Yet it is so good and so intriguing.

06-30-2015, 07:24 AM
35k in the first 3 months (according to wikipedia), wow.

Brutal Mustang
06-30-2015, 07:50 AM

06-30-2015, 07:54 AM
This is what happens when you write a really, really rollicking good book, no matter how you publish. It's such a compelling read--science-y and yet totally accessible. And as pretty much anyone who has read it will agree, the voice is just. so. awesome.

I first read about the book in this article in Entertainment Weekly (http://www.ew.com/article/2014/11/05/andy-weir-the-martian-author) about Weir's path to best-sellerdom (well worth the read). Weir is as likable as his MC Watney.

Can't WAIT for the movie! Please, Matt Damon, don't screw this up.

06-30-2015, 02:40 PM
Ugh, this crappy book. I hated every detailed potato growing boring page of it. :-P

Laer Carroll
07-01-2015, 04:18 AM
I hated every detailed potato growing boring page of it. :-P

What? You hated the book but read "every detailed potato growing boring page" ?!!! I'd have quit after the first page I hated and thrown the book into the recycle bin.

07-03-2015, 01:35 AM
I had no idea that The Martian was self-published. I absolutely loved the book. Good for Andy Weir! That's terrific!