13 Facts About Andy Weir


Andy Weir received the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016 and his 2021 novel Project Hail Mary was a finalist for the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


Andy Weir's father, John Weir, was a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories, and his mother was an electrical engineer.


Andy Weir was an only child, and his parents divorced when he was eight.


Andy Weir worked as a programmer for several software companies, including AOL, Palm, MobileIron, and Blizzard, where he worked on the video game Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.


Andy Weir began writing science fiction in his twenties and published work on his website for years.


Andy Weir authored a humor web comic, Casey and Andy, featuring fictionalized "mad scientist" versions of himself and his friends from 2001 to 2008.


Andy Weir briefly worked on another comic, Cheshire Crossing from 2006 to 2008.


Andy Weir wrote his first published novel, The Martian, to be as scientifically accurate as possible, doing extensive research into orbital mechanics, conditions on the planet Mars, the history of human spaceflight, and botany.


Andy Weir was then approached by a literary agent and sold the rights to Crown Publishing Group.


In 2017 CBS picked up a pilot written by Andy Weir titled Mission Control, following a group of young NASA astronauts and scientists.


In May of that year, Andy Weir collaborated with webcomic artist Sarah Andersen to reillustrate Cheshire Crossing for Tapas, before publishing it as a stand-alone graphic novel in July 2019.


Andy Weir is married to Ashley Andy Weir, whom he met while he was in Los Angeles to pitch a TV series.


Andy Weir has said that he is agnostic, and has described his political views as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.