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'The Martian' author Andy Weir speaks at UCSD

'The Martian' author Andy Weir speaks at UCSD

Andy Weir, The New York Times bestselling author of “The Martian” (a story about an astronaut stranded alone on the planet Mars that was made into a 2015 movie of the same name starring Matt Damon) was at UC San Diego on the evening of Dec. 7 to discuss his new work, “Artemis.” It’s a story set in the year 2084 on the first lunar colony, which is comprised of five interconnected domes erected near the site of the Apollo landings of the 1960s.

One critic called “Artemis” “an irresistible blend of science, suspense and humor.” The hero of the tale is a Saudi girl named Jazz Bashar, who works as a porter making deliveries around the moon colony, while smuggling in forbidden...

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