Author Andy Weir offers ‘Project Hail Mary’ mission patch on virtual book tour
March 4, 2021
– Andy Weir is ready to start his next space adventure and a mission patch is waiting for you if you join him.
The 2014 bestseller “The Martian,” cast into the hit Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon, is now back with another discovery, speculation, and survival story in Project Hail Mary, which will be released in May from Ballantine Books 4.
To promote the upcoming release, Weir will take part in a six-stop virtual book tour, working with bookstores and museums across the country to share Project Hail Mary with their clients. The first 400 people to sign up for each event will receive a signed copy of Project Hail Mary and a bonus straight from the book.
When Project Hail Mary opens, readers are introduced to Ryland Grace, who has awakened to be on a spaceship and without all of his memories. As he scouts the ship to learn more about the mission he’s on, Grace comes across a visual cue.
“I know about the millions of other screens in the small room. Most of them have something to say, but one of them just shows an image of a circular crest. I think it’s probably an idle screen or something. If I touch it, this computer is going to wake up, but that inactive screen is possibly the most informative thing here.
“It’s a mission crest. I’ve seen enough NASA documentaries to know one when I see one. The circular crest has an outer blue ring with white text. The text reads HAIL MARY at the top and EARTH at the bottom. The name and” Port of call “for this ship.
“I didn’t think the ship was from anywhere other than Earth, but okay. Anyway, I think I finally know the name of this ship I’m on.
“I’m on board the Hail Mary.”
Excerpt from PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir, Copyright 2021 © by Andy Weir. Used with permission from Ballantine Books, reprinted from Random House, a division of Penguin Random House. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without the written permission of the publisher.
The same mission crest, which was realized as an embroidered patch, is supplied with every signed copy of “Project Hail Mary”.
As announced on Thursday (March 4th) by Ballatine, the “Project Hail Mary” virtual book tour includes the following events:
For more information on each virtual tour stop, including ticket prices and terms and conditions, contact each operator and visit the Weir website.
While Project Hail Mary’s mission patch was carried over from the book, the design could one day also appear in a future movie starring Ryan Gosling (“First Man”, “Blade Runner 2049”). MGM acquired the rights to the book for the actor and brought Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”) on board as directors.
“Project Hail Mary” is Weir’s third book. After “The Martian” he wrote the near future lunar colony “Artemis” in 2017, selected by 20th Century Fox and New Regency as a film with Lord and Miller as directors.