Andy Weir's new lunar crime novel lands movie deal

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May 10, 2017, 5:37 PM EDT

The Martian's Andy Weir is having a pretty awesome week, with his upcoming lunar crime novel releasing its official title, cover art and lengthy synopsis. Then just to top this sweet sundae with a green cherry, 20th Century Fox and New Regency have scooped up the film adaptation rights to Artemis for mega bucks, probably long before the ink was dry.

We first told you about Weir's latest writing project back in April of 2016, when it was announced that his next sci-fi story would be centered around a cool caper pulled off by a female cat burglar in a city on the moon.

Things have been quiet on the lunar-based novel until this week, when Artemis exploded onto the literary scene with a boulder of new details from publisher, Crown, including a spiffy synopsis, cover images and a brief video promo featuring Weir chatting about the book and how he chose the title for his new book (it's the Greek Moon Goddess!). Artemis blasts into book store on November 14.

Check out the extended plot summary and cover below, then watch Weir get excited about his latest creative outburst and tell us if the new novel appeals to the geekier angels of your nature.

An adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science and the charm that makes Weir’s writing so irresistible, Artemis introduces a protagonist every bit as memorable as The Martian’s Mark Watney: Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz. Jazz is just another too-smart, directionless twentysomething, chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life. Except the small town happens to be named Artemis—and it’s the first and only city on the moon.

Life on Artemis is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire, and Jazz is decidedly not a member of either category. She’s got debts to pay, her job as a porter barely covers the rent, and her budding career as a smuggler isn’t exactly setting her up as a kingpin, much to her disappointment. So when the chance at a life-changing score drops in her lap, Jazz can’t say no, even though she’s sure there’s more to the setup than meets the eye. And indeed, pulling off the perfect crime is just the first of Jazz’s problems as she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

(Via Nerd Approved)