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The Martian Is Coming

No, not the movie (curse you, Fox). The writer.

We had a great evening last night with William Gibson, but at the Jean Cocteau we like to keep the big nights coming... so we're bringing in ANDY WEIR on October 19 for a reading, a talk, and a booksigning.

We're not being allowed to show the film (but you can catch it down the street with our friends at the Violet Crown), but we'll have plenty of copies of the novel on hand, and Andy will be here to scrawl in them and answer all your questions about book, movie, and planet.

And hey, I will be there as well, so all you Martians can also pick up a signed copy of OLD MARS, if you like, and maybe an OLD VENUS for good measure.

Andy Weir is one of the few SF writers I've yet to meet, so I am really looking forward to hosting him at the Jean Cocteau. The fun starts at 7pm. Reserve your book and your ticket at our website, and come join us.


Oct. 7th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Reading The Martian in between all my lab work atm, really enjoying it so far! As an evolutionary biologist with a love for sci-fi and fantasy it's great, so please tell him to visit Cornwall, UK if he enjoys bad weather and great beer!
Oct. 7th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
...I misread the title as "the Martin is coming" and thought you started referring to yourself in the third person. Needless to say, I was super confused.
Oct. 7th, 2015 10:05 pm (UTC)
Have you ever thought about setting up cameras and putting some of these speakers on youtube? A lot of us would love to see some of these guys, but unfortunately live outside of the Southwest and can't come see them in person :(
Oct. 8th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
Second the You Tube idea, if only for Wier. Some of us would like to come but live outside of the USA.
Oct. 7th, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
I loved Andy's quote from an interview at bookbrowse.com when they asked him his idea of a perfect day: "Sleep in. Meet Buzz Aldrin for brunch. Head over to Jet Propulsion Lab and watch them control the Curiosity Mars rover. Dinner with the writing staff of Doctor Who."
Oct. 8th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
Great book!
I haven't seen the film adaptation yet, but I really enjoyed the book. I also like the story of how the book was written and published.
Oct. 8th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
Really glad that hard sci-fi is back big time. Or so I hope - seeing how the film seems to be doing really well, others are bound to to jump into that river... right?
Oct. 8th, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
Reason for not allowing you to show the movie?
I don't get why they won't let you show the movie, the more theaters the more tickets sold, right? So what's up with Fox?

Edited at 2015-10-08 02:27 am (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: Reason for not allowing you to show the movie?
In a word: Regal.
Oct. 8th, 2015 07:17 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Reason for not allowing you to show the movie?
I don't get it. Unless ...Are they just a bunch of Joffery's?
Oct. 8th, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Reason for not allowing you to show the movie?
Pretty sure he's referring to the Regal movie theater chain. Stifling the underdog, like all evil corporations do.

Thankfully, if fiction has taught me anything, it's that a plucky underdog facing off against a soulless corporation is certain to prevail sooner or later.

Oct. 8th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Reason for not allowing you to show the movie?
They can't possibly think that an arthouse can compete and damage the income of a large movie theater...
Then again, it IS Fox, a corporation not renowned for it's fairness and generosity.
Oct. 8th, 2015 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm too young to have been around for Armstrong's walk on the moon and I so hate to have missed such a profound moment in history. Nobody can top a record like that: being the first (earthling) to walk on a foreign planetary body. I'm hoping I can at least see man first set foot on Mars in my lifetime.
Adam Posner
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:33 am (UTC)
Have you seen The Martian yet?

I enjoyed it. One of Ridley Scotts better films, though there were some parts that just felt a little cheesy even though they may not have been. Thought Matt Damon was great
Oct. 8th, 2015 07:11 am (UTC)
My two favourite writers in one room!
I see you weren't able to get Tolkien's bones, so I won't come... That's defiantly why I'm not coming... Nothing to do with land, oceans, more land and money!
Oct. 8th, 2015 12:29 pm (UTC)
Have you ever written, or given any thought to writing, any hard science fiction during the course of your career?

I deeply admire writers who can both write science fiction which matches our current understanding of science, or at least extrapolates from it to something not totally absurd, and yet can also provide a gripping story. I'm just under no illusions that I am such a writer.
Oct. 8th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
I have written a lot of science fiction, but I would not describe any of it as being particularly hard.

My SF is mostly what one might call "literary space opera."
Oct. 8th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
The book was fantastic and I could not put it down. Hope the movie captures even a little of its magic. I need to move to New Mexico. Nothing cool happens in Jersey.
Oct. 8th, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
Weir, awesome!
Weir, awesome! His humble beginnings as an Indie Author has garnered my admiration and respect. I'd love to attend but I don't think I can make the drive in one afternoon from Burbank, Ca. Guess I'll have to be content with reading his book, it is next on my list...once I've finished this other, fourteen book series, I've started. I'm on book three. Only eleven more to go! Well, I'm certain, you'll have a packed house despite my inability to attend. Have fun :)
Oct. 8th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
Not seeing a link for this in the events section of the website. Should I just call the cinema? I'd love to make the trip up there
Oct. 10th, 2015 05:55 am (UTC)
On my favorite series
There are about a hundred questions I would like to ask you, George. All of them pertaining to probably the greatest series fantasy series written of all time. But I wh give you the respect you deserve. So i ask you Pastrami and Swiss or Ham and Cheddar?
Oct. 10th, 2015 06:07 am (UTC)
I apologize for my spelling error before I meant to say I want to give you. Fortunately and unfortunately I have consumed quite a deal of fire and blood red ale by ommegang brewery. However my question remains the the same. Pastrami and Swiss or Ham and Cheddar?


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