Andy Weir is an American novelist who is best known for his science fiction novel The Martian, which was later adapted into a 2015 film of the same name.
Weir was born in 1972 in Davis, California, and he grew up in suburban Sacramento. He developed an early interest in science fiction and astronomy, inspired by Star Wars and Star Trek.
Weir attended college at UC Berkeley, where he studied computer science. After college, he worked as a software engineer for various Silicon Valley startups until the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.
Weir then turned to writing full-time. His first novel, The Martian, was self-published in 2011 after being rejected by dozens of literary agents.
The book became a surprise hit, thanks to word-of-mouth recommendations and endorsements from famous authors like Neil deGrasse Tyson.
In this article, Weir recommends his favorite books.
All These Worlds by Dennis E. Taylor
Dennis E. Taylor’s All These Worlds is a gripping tale of adventure and discovery.
Readers will be transported to distant planets and meet fascinating aliens as they follow the story of intrepid explorer Bob Johansson.
Whether you’re a fan of science fiction or not, this book is sure to entertain and enlighten you.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s Artemis is a near-future thriller set on the moon.
Jazz Bashara is a smuggler and resident of Artemis, the first and only city on the moon. When she’s not smuggling contraband or breaking the law, she’s eking out a living as a porter.
But when Jazz is offered a job that could make her rich, she has to decide whether the risk is worth it. If she succeeds, she could be set for life. But if she fails, she could lose everything—including her life.
Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir
Cheshire Crossing is a novel by Andy Weir. The book follows the lives of three young women who are transported to a magical world where they must learn to survive and thrive.
The novel is set in the fictional world of Cheshire Crossing, a place where animals can talk and magic are real.
The three main characters are Alice, who comes from our world; Wendy, who comes from Neverland; and Tinker Bell, who comes from Pixie Hollow. Together, they must learn to navigate this new world and find their place in it.
Cheshire Crossing is a fun and fast-paced read that will leave readers eager to return to this magical world again and again.
For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor
Dennis E. Taylor’s “For We Are Many” is a novel about an alien invasion of Earth. The novel follows the story of a group of people who must band together to survive the invasion. “For We Are Many” is a fast-paced, action-packed novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal by Andy Weir
James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal by Andy Weir is a book about the world’s greatest criminal mastermind. Moriarty is a genius who uses his intellect to outwit the police and commit crimes.
He is also a consultant who helps other criminals plan their crimes. The book follows Moriarty as he plans and executes a series of daring heists and murders.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
James S. A. Corey’s Leviathan Wakes is the first book in The Expanse series. The book follows the crew of the ice hauler, Canterbury, as they investigate a distress call from a mining vessel.
The story is told from the perspective of two main characters, Captain James Holden and Detective Miller. Holden is a former Marine who is now the captain of the Canterbury. Miller is a detective on Ceres, one of the largest asteroids in the asteroid belt.
Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012. It won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2012.
Lock In by John Scalzi
John Scalzi’s “Lock In” is a science fiction thriller that will keep readers hooked from the first page. Set in the near future, the book follows Chris Shane, a young FBI agent, as he tries to solve a string of murders. With twists and turns at every turn, Lock In is a page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson
In Press Start to Play, Daniel H. Wilson offers a tour through the ever-changing landscape of video games, exploring how they are made, what makes them successful, and the people who play them.
With over two hundred million gamers in the United States alone, video games have become a staple in popular culture. Though once thought of as a niche market, video games now rival Hollywood blockbusters in terms of both budget and audience.
Wilson takes readers on a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular video games to date, including Halo, Warcraft, Donkey Kong, and more. He interviews key figures in the industry, from game developers to professional gamers, giving an inside look at the process of making and playing video games.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary” is a gripping, fast-paced science fiction novel that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.
Set in the near future, “Project Hail Mary” follows a team of astronauts as they embark on a dangerous mission to save humanity from extinction.
With its non-stop action and suspense, “Project Hail Mary” is a must-read for any fan of science fiction.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ernest Cline’s science fiction novel, Ready Player One, is a must-read for any fan of the genre. The novel is set in the year 2045 and follows the story of Wade Watts, a teenage orphan who resides in “the stacks”, a slum area where people live in trailers stacked on top of one another.
When the world’s richest man, James Halliday, dies, he leaves behind a challenge for anyone who wants to inherit his fortune. The first person to find the Easter egg hidden inside the virtual world of OASIS will win the game.
Wade becomes obsessed with finding the egg and spends all of his time in OASIS. He makes friends with other players who are also trying to win the game. When Wade’s best friend dies in real life, he is so distraught that he doesn’t want to continue playing.
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Rendezvous with Rama is a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1973. The story follows a team of astronauts as they investigate a mysterious object, later revealed to be an alien spacecraft, named Rama.
Rendezvous with Rama won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and is considered one of the best science fiction novels ever written. It has been described as “a triumph of imagination and storytelling”, and “a milestone in the history of science fiction”.
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Robot by Isaac Asimov is a book about a future society where robots are used to perform most tasks. The book explores the ethical and moral implications of using robots. It also raises questions about what it means to be human.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Sleeping Giants is a science fiction novel by Sylvain Neuvel. The book was first published in 2016 and was well-received by critics.
The story follows a group of people who discover a giant robotic hand buried deep underground. They soon realize that the hand is just one part of a much larger robot, and they set out to find the rest of the machine.
As they search for the missing pieces, they uncover a conspiracy that could threaten the entire world. Sleeping Giants is an exciting and thought-provoking read that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about our world.
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
In Terry Pratchett’s “Small Gods”, the author satirizes the role of religion in society. Pratchett uses humor and irony to explore the issue of religious fanaticism and the abuse of power by those in positions of religious authority.
The book is a thought-provoking look at the role of religion in society and how it can be used for both good and evil.
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is a novel about a woman who becomes an astronaut in an alternate history where the world has been devastated by an asteroid.
The novel follows the journey of Elma York, a woman who has always dreamed of being an astronaut. When the world is faced with the threat of extinction, Elma is chosen to be part of a mission to Mars that could save humanity.
The Calculating Stars is a fast-paced and thrilling read that will leave you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for a book that’s out of this world, then look no further than The Calculating Stars.
The Egg and Other Stories by Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s The Egg is a collection of short stories that will make you think, laugh, and feel all the feels.
From the title story about a man who wakes up to find himself inside an egg, to the tale of a woman who discovers her true identity, these stories will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading them.
Whether you’re looking for a quick read or something to ponder over, The Egg and Other Stories is definitely worth picking up.
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian by Andy Weir is an incredible novel about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars. The story is full of suspense and adventure, and the characters are very likable. The novel is also very funny.
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks is a science fiction novel that was first published in 1988. The novel is about a man named Jernau Morat Gurgeh, who is a master games player. Gurgeh lives in a future society where games are used as a way to settle disputes between different cultures.
Gurgeh is asked to represent his home culture in a prestigious intergalactic game, which he wins. However, Gurgeh soon realizes that the game is more than just a game and that it has much higher stakes than he originally thought.
The Player of Games is an excellent science fiction novel that explores the themes of game theory and artificial intelligence. Iain M. Banks does an excellent job of world-building, and the characters are well-developed and compelling.
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Three-Body Problem is a science fiction novel by Chinese writer Cixin Liu. The novel tells the story of a group of scientists who are trying to solve the three-body problem, a problem in physics that has been unsold.
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
Tunnel in the Sky is a science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. The novel tells the story of a group of students who are sent on a camping trip to a remote planet. The planet is a training ground for a new form