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From the best-selling author of The Martian
Written by Andy Weir | Performed by Rosario Dawson

Smuggler. Saboteur. Scientific Hacker. Welcome to life on the moon.

"My name is Jasmine Bashara. People call me Jazz."
Welcome To Artemis
"I live in Artemis, the first (and so far, only) city on the moon."
Here's what you need to know. Pay attention. and keep up.
Don't Get Lost
"Artemis is made of five huge spheres called 'bubbles.' They're half underground, so Artemis looks exactly like old sci-fi books said a moon city should look: a bunch of domes. You just can't see the parts that are below the ground."
Click on each dome below to learn more
“Armstrong sucks. It’s a damnshame such anawesome guy gotsuch a sh*ttypart of townnamed after him.”
Armstrong is industry.The grinding thrumof industrialequipment oozesfrom the wallsalong the old corridors.
“Shepard is wherewealthy Artemisianslive. The hallwaysof Shepard featurewood panelingand tasteful,noise-absorption carpeting.Chandeliers hangevery twenty metersto provide light.”
Really, reallyrich people here.
“Bean Bubble satbetween Conradand Shepard, bothsymbolically andgeographically. It’dbe my future homeif all thisscheming workedout... I couldget a condoin Bean Bubble.A nice onewith a living room, bedroom,bathroom, and itsown shower. Nomore communal anything.”
"I live in Conrad Down15, a grungy areafifteen floorsunderground in ConradBubble. If myneighborhood were wine,connoisseurs woulddescribe it as‘sh*tty,with overtonesof failure andpoor life decisions.’"
“Aldrin is theopposite of Conrad inevery respect.Conrad’s full ofplumbers, glassblowers, metalworkers,welding shops, repairshops… the listgoes on. But Aldrin is truly a resort. Ithas hotels, casinos,whorehouses, theaters,and even anhonest-to-God parkwith real grass.Aldrin is the touristcenter. Wealthytourists from allover Earth come fortwo-week stays.”
Apollo 11/Visitor Center
"Tourists love it.The half-hour trainride provides stunningviews of the moon’sterrain, and theVisitor Center isa great place tolook at the landingsite without everleaving pressure.And for those whodo want to ventureoutside to geta better view, Daleand other EVAmasters are readyto give them a tour."
Do's And Don'ts
Like anywhere else, we've got rules here. Some are on the books.
Others are unwritten. Do I still have your attention? If not, it's your funeral.
DO Eat Gunk
Yes. I hate gunk, but there is one flavor I'll never pass up: Myrtle Goldstein's Formulation #3. Mmmm, Formulation #3. The name says it all.
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DON'T Smuggle Contraband
Smuggling flammable items into Artemis is highly dangerous, highly illegal, but for me, highly lucrative. Don’t judge. Everybody’s got their hustle.
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Picture Yourself In This
Hamster Ball
EVA Spacesuit
Capsule Domicile A.K.A. Coffin
Hamster Ball
When tourists want to explore the terrain outside of Artemis, they use a Hamster Ball. I’d rather leap in single bounds in my EVA suit than roll all over in a ball. But, hey, whatever floats your boat or launches your shuttle.
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EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) Spacesuit
I keep trying to become an EVA Master and lunar excursion guide, but I’ve got a leaky EVA Suit. Two exams later, I still haven’t passed. Third time’s a charm, right?
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Capsule Domicile a.k.a. Coffin
Feeling tired? Snuggle up (gross, I know) in a glorious Artemisian capsule domicile, or as we poor people of Conrad call it: a coffin. It helps to keep telling yourself: it’s not claustrophobic; it’s cozy.
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How Do You Measure Up?
Gravity Scale
Don’t be self-conscious. Enter your Earth weight, and see how much you weigh on the moon. Just make sure nobody’s looking, if that’s what you care about.
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Slug Calculator
If you’re like me, you check your bank account compulsively. If you’re not like me, you’re rich and probably blowing tens of thousands of dollars on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the moon! Did that sound sarcastic? Oh, well. Go ahead and see if you’re a rich tourist or a sad smuggler.
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Enjoy Your Visit
That’s all from me. As they say in Artemis:
Enjoy your visit to the greatest little city in the worlds

The Art of Artemis

Watch celebrated actress Rosario Dawson talk up this high-stakes lunar adventure.

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See how she tackled the flawed and feisty character of Jazz Bashara.
Photo by Aubrie Pick.
About Andy Weir
Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, The Martian, allowed him to pursue writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.
Rosario Dawson is an actress and activist best known for her film roles in Top Five, Sin City, Rent, and Seven Pounds, and can most recently be seen in Marvel and Netflix’s hit series The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Daredevil. In addition to acting, she co-founded Studio One Eighty Nine, a social enterprise providing a platform to promote and curate African-inspired content online, a supporting agency, and a fashion collection. She is also a co-founder of Voto Latino, which aims to empower Latino millennials to vote and influence government.
About Artemis
The best-selling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller - a heist story set on the moon.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
Bringing to life Weir's brash, whip-smart protagonist is Rosario Dawson. With the breathless immediacy of one realizing they're one cracked helmet visor away from oblivion, Dawson deftly captures Jazz's first-person perspective – all while delivering sarcastic, Weir-ian one-liners and cracking wise in the face of death. And, with a cast of diverse characters from all walks of life calling Artemis home, Dawson tonally somersaults to voice Kenyan Prime Ministers, Ukrainian scientists, and Saudi welders. It's a performance that transports listeners right alongside Jazz, matching her step-for-step on every lunar inch of her pulse-pounding journey.