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Q&A: The Martian author talks programming, getting to Mars

Sharon Gaudin | Oct. 5, 2015
Andy Weir says he doubts NASA will meet deadline to get to Mars, and he's not going.

What technology is interesting you right now? I'm really interested in ion drive technology. I think that's critical to interplanetary exploration. I'm also interested in inflatable habitats to have a lightweight hull with a lot of volume. It would be lightweight but solid and when you launch it, it doesn't have to be very big. That would reduce launch costs.

What is your next book about? Right now, I'm calling it Zhek. It's more of a traditional sci-fi with aliens and faster-than-light travel.

(Weir said hopes his next book will be published in late 2016.)


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