What do a lifelong space nerd and a software engineer have in common? In the case of Andy Weir, it's his unique ability to create something from thin air, like best-selling stories, adventures, and tales. In order to create a real world most of us have neither seen nor experienced, it requires research, a lot of inspiration, and a deep dive into plot development. In the case of The Martian , it also required a community of readers who appreciated its attention to scientific details and the way the story comes alive.

If you're interested in learning how Andy Weir crafts a story, this path is for you. The following resources, selected by Andy himself, will inspire and guide you on your own journey as a writer.