The Martian author Andy Weir’s next book will be a crime thriller set on the Moon

One of the biggest science fiction novels to hit bookstores in the last decade is Andy Weir’s The Martian. The story is about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive until rescue. Six years later, Weir has announced his next book, Artemis, and it’s due out this November.

We’ve known for a couple of years that Weir is working on his sophomore novel, but until now, details have been scarce. Now, Nerdist has revealed the cover and plot of the book, while Weir talks a bit about the story in a short video.

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In the video, Weir notes that “The Martian was a straight up human verses nature story, where the goal was simple survival. Artemis is a much more complicated crime story with mysteries involved,” which made it much more difficult for him to write.

Artemis is about a young woman named Jasmine Bashara (known as Jazz), who lives on the Moon’s only city, Artemis. If you’re not wealthy, living there isn’t easy, and she gets by as a smuggler. When she comes across the chance to commit the perfect crime, she steps into a bigger struggle for control of the city.

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Weir has enjoyed unprecedented success with The Martian. He initially self-published the novel before scoring a major publishing deal in 2011, which turned the book into a major best-seller. The book was then turned into a blockbuster film directed by Alien and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott, and was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

It seems that Weir is hoping for similar blockbuster success for Artemis. Last week, Tracking Report reported that 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to adapt the novel, with Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood — who produced The Martian — on board to produce. In addition to Artemis and its adaptation, Weir is also working with CBS on a pilot for a show called Mission Control, about the lives of NASA’s ground personnel.

Artemis is due out in stores on November 14th, 2017.