Andy Weir, author of The Martian, recently did an interview with Smithsonian Magazine. A lot of subjects were touched upon, including the plot of his next book. What will it be about? Oh, y’know, just a crime spree on the moon.
Like The Martian, the science featured in the book will be grounded in reality—as proper sci-fi should. According to Weir, the hero will be a female criminal who lives on the moon and commits some wacky crimes:
I’m certainly not trying to make a point by having a female lead. She’s just a character I came up with that I thought was cool, so she’s the lead.
The book is another scientifically accurate story. The main character is a low-level criminal in a city on the moon. Her challenges are a mix of technical/scientific problems, as well as juggling personal interactions—staying a step ahead of the local police, working with shady and dangerous people to do illegal things.
She doesn’t encounter any distinctly “female” challenges. There’s no love plot. And the story takes place in a future society where there is practically no sexism.
We have neither a title nor a release date for the new book, but one thing’s for certain: It will probably make for wonderful reading.