Murderbot Reviews

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 12:30 pm
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A couple of early reviews for my upcoming novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red:


* A starred review from Publishers Weekly! This is really good:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7653-9753-9
Nebula finalist Wells (Edge of Worlds) gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity. The creepy panopticon of SecUnit’s multiple interfaces allows a hybrid first-person/omniscient perspective that contextualizes its experience without ever giving center stage to the humans.


* From review blog A Dragon in Space: https://adragoninspace.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/book-review-all-systems-red/

I laughed, I giggled, and I was on the edge of my seat. The way All Systems Red was written stroke a chord with me and it left me deeply content, thankful for such a nice story. Even while writing this review and rereading all the passages I had highlighted (or rather, the PAGES), I was laughing and hurting that I couldn’t quote everything or even hand this novella to everyone just like that.
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer
In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war…a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.


* The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.


* Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks
Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.


* The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin


* Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves.


* The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling unwitting Ottoman nobles. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.



My Books

The hardcover of The Edge of Worlds is only $16.99 on Amazon right now, probably because the trade paperback will be out on April 25.
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


Short Stories:

* Tor.com God Product by Alyssa Wong
On International Women’s Day, several of the best writers in SF/F today reveal new stories inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted”, raising their voice in response to a phrase originally meant to silence.

Losing Heart Among the Tall by A.M. Dellamonica

* Uncanny Magazine: Resistance 101: Basics of Community Organizing for SF/F Creators & Consumers, Volume One: Protest Tips and Tricks by Sam J. Miller

* Auspicium Melioris Aevi by JY Yang

* Kindle: The Bone Knife by Intisar Khanani


Books:

* Degree of Resistance by Nicola M. Cameron
Freelance tech Evie Contreras belongs to the Employee class of the Pacifica Protectorate, the “perfect society” that rose from the ruins of the West Coast. But Evie knows about Pacifica’s festering core and the secrets that keep it in power. And when she discovers that Pacifica has turned her long-lost love Ben into a cyborg slave, she will risk everything to rescue him.

* Preorder: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

* Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond
When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.

* Rocket Romance by Sophia Chester
In Rocket Romance, you will explore futuristic worlds of outer space, where untraditional relationships are not always easy!

* Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales edited by Ellen Datlow

* Predator by Gail Z. Martin
A Deadly Curiosities Adventure #18. Shifters are vanishing in Charleston and the packs are too mistrustful of each other to work together. Sorren, Cassidy, and Teag step in to stop the killings, only to discover that dark magic and obsession lie behind the disappearances, and someone has them in the crosshairs.

* Preorder: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

* Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer -- before they kill again.

* The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon
After being seduced into sorcery by an agent of the Dark, the promising Bard Cadvan of Lirigon recklessly unleashed the terrible Bone Queen, bringing destruction down upon Annar. Cast out of the Schools of Barding for his crime, Cadvan now lives in exile, burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. At his former home, Cadvan’s mentor, Nelac, and his rival, Dernhil, begin to suspect that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in Annar, and a young Bard named Selmana is plagued by an ominous presence and an unsettling new ability to step between worlds.
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Look what I got today! (The cat was already here.)

It’s up for preorder worldwide in ebook and paperback and it’ll be released May 2, from Tor.com.

New Book Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 08:39 am
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Free Story: Extracurricular Activities by Yoon Ha Lee
A space opera adventure set in a distant future where an undercover agent has to go behind enemy lines to recover a lost ship and a possible traitor.

* The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier
Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts—and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned.

* Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor. In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

* The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel
Finally, the lost histories of the Catastrophe will be revealed and with them the ultimate fate of the buried city of Recoletta in thedramatic conclusion to Carrie Patel’s trilogy. With Ruthers dead and the Library Accord signed by Recoletta, its neighbours, and its farming communes, Inspector Malone and her partner Laundress Jane Lin are in limbo as the city leaders around them vie for power.

* The Truth About Cats and Wolves by Alethea Kontis
Like many paranormals of Greek descent, Kai Xanthopoulos will not know her true nature until her young powers fully manifest. Unlike her parents—and much to the dismay of her stray cat best friend—Kai has chosen not to spend the rest of her life at the diner in Nocturne Falls. She takes a job at Delaney’s Delectables instead, a decision that puts her directly in the path of a fugitive werewolf that could change her destiny...

* Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny.... Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

* The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war.... As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal—to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.

* The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho
A tale of first love, bad theology and robot reincarnation in the Chinese afterlife. In the tenth court of hell, spirits wealthy enough to bribe the bureaucrats of the underworld can avoid both the torments of hell and the irreversible change of reincarnation.

* With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley Beaulieu
Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find their chains unbreakable.

* Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
Stephen King says, "Ms. Due accomplishes the hardest thing of all with deceptive ease, creating characters we care about on their most human level." Whether weaving family life and history into dark fiction or writing speculative Afrofuturism, American Book Award winner and Essence bestselling author Tananarive Due's work is both riveting and enlightening. In her debut collection of short fiction, Due takes us to Gracetown, a small Florida town that has both literal and figurative ghost; into future scenarios that seem all too real; and provides empathetic portraits of those whose lives are touched by Otherness. Featuring an award-winning novella and fifteen stories-one of which has never been published before-GHOST SUMMER: STORIES, is sure to both haunt and delight.

Art rec: Beautiful ink and watercolor paintings by Likhain

Barnes and Noble Blog: The 2016 Nebula Award Nominees Show Us Diverse New Worlds
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The The Harbors of the Sun is going to be released simultaneously on July 4 in paperback, hardcover, and ebook. The paperbacks are now up for preorder at discount on Barnes & Noble and at regular price (so far) at Amazon.

Hardcovers and ebooks are available for preorder at:

Barnes and Noble, Amazon US, Powells, Mysterious Galaxy, Chapters Indigo, Books a Million, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain, all other Amazons, and Indiebound.

Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes, Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle France, Kindle Germany, Kindle Spain, and all other Amazon Kindles.




The Edge of Worlds is coming out in paperback in March and is available for preorder at Barnes & Noble and Amazon

It's already out in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook:

Amazon US, Powell's, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, Mysterious Galaxy, Books-a-Million, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and all the other Amazons. Order it locally in the US from an independent bookseller through Indiebound.

Amazon US, Barnes & Noble Nookbook, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain, and all other Amazons.

ConDFW Schedule

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 01:50 pm
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My schedule for ConDFW this weekend: http://www.condfw.org/

Saturday

PROGRAMMING 2
Saturday, 11am: Don’t Feed the Inner Gremlins!
Panelists: Martha Wells (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Seth Skorkowsky, Dantzel Cherry, Scott Cupp, Paul Black
It’s late at night. You have a deadline looming, and all you can think about is ooh squirrel! How do you keep on track and stay focused? How do you keep those inner gremlins at bay? Our resident writers and artists talk about ways they use to keep on task, and things to avoid – like feeding the gremlins after midnight!

PROGRAMMING 3
Saturday, 1pm: The Logistics of Space Travel
Panelists: Chris Donahue (M), T.M. Hunter, Adrian Simmons, Martha Wells, William C. Seigler, Karl K. Gallagher
It’s easy to dream about flying between the stars. But what do you need to stock to be able to make it back home? Somehow I think crates of MREs will get old after a while... Our panelists debate what is needed to travel the stars in traditional Space Opera...and what needs to be included when writing about it.

AUTOGRAPHS
Saturday, 3pm:
Carole Nelson Douglas, Martha Wells

PROGRAMMING 3
Saturday, 4pm: A Flat Perspective: Looking Back at the Discworld
Panelists: Mel White (M), Chris Donahue, Martha Wells, Teresa Patterson, Michael Ashleigh Finn
The last book is published, and the pen is put down. Left by Sir Pratchett’s departure is a myriad of books in multiple universes, but his most famous and enduring legacy will always be the Discworld. Our panelists talk about how this unique take on life has changed the world for the better.

READING
Saturday, 6pm:
Dusty Rainbolt, Martha Wells

New Book Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 10:17 am
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias
Enforcer and drug dealer Fernando has seen better days. On his way home from work, some heavily-tattooed gangsters throw him in the back of a car and take him to an abandoned house, where they saw off his friend's head and feed the kid's fingers to...something. Their message is clear: this is their territory, now. But Fernando isn't put down that easily. Using the assistance of a Santeria priestess, an insane Puerto Rican pop sensation, a very human dog, and a Russian hitman, he'll build the courage (and firepower) he'll need to fight a gangbanger who's a bit more than human...


* Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey
In this incredible retelling of the fantastical tale, Jacqueline Carey shows readers the other side of the coin—the dutiful and tenderhearted Miranda, who loves her father but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.


* Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And now she must return home to her people...


* Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories by Catherine Lundoff
Eleven tales of the queer fantastic by award-winning author Catherine Lundoff. A bookstore clerk goes on a quest for the Norns while a couple of mercenaries wake up to some big surprises at their favorite inn. Shakespeare’s sister, Judith, forms an alliance with playwright Christopher Marlowe. A witch attempts the wrong love spell and a young prince meets an irresistible monster. Swordswomen, ghosts, the Queen of the Fay, the occasional gentleman of the evening and other unforgettable characters populate these stories rich and strange. Includes the Gaylactic Spectrum Award finalist “At the Roots of the World Tree” as well as several other stories not previously collected.


* Magic of Blood and Sea by Cassandra Rose Clarke
A pirate princess and a cursed assassin find their fates intertwined in this gorgeous and thrilling adventure. Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an ally pirate clan. She wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to a handsome and clueless man. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns that her fiancé’s clan has sent an assassin after her.


* The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world.


* Latin@ Rising An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Matthew David Goodwin
Latin@ Rising is the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy written by Latinos/as living in the United States. The book gives an overview to the field of Latino/a speculative literature, showing the great variety of stories being told by Latino/a writers. Fifty years ago the Latin American "Boom" introduced magical realism to the world; Latin@ Rising is the literature that has risen from the explosion that gave us García Márquez, Jorge Amado, Carlos Fuentes and others. The 21st century writers and artists of Latin@ Rising help us to imagine a Latino/a past, present, and future which have not been whitewashed by mainstream perspectives.


* Of Oysters Pearls and Magic by Joyce Chng
Enter the world of Mirra. She is a magic user, but her gift is scorned by the menfolk in her village. Men are allowed to use magic; women are not. So, after a tumultuous event, Mirra decides to leave and heads for the City to continue her own self-journey. This is her tale.


* Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer
Unar dreams of greatness. Determined but destitute, she escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery. Now she serves in the Garden of the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. But when Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a reincarnated newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance…or grant it by destroying the home she loves.
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This exhibit has the map I made for the Books of the Raksura.

New Cushing Exhibition Opens February 10th

Come explore realms and cities, lands and planets that never existed save in the imagination! Fantastical lands await you at the Worlds Imagined: Maps of Imaginary Places Collection exhibit. Plan your next adventure to your favorite literary, film, or game locale using maps from the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives and Maps & GIS collections.

The opening reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 2017 and will be followed by the lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. All of which is free and open to the public.

The opening lecture and reception will feature Priscilla Spencer, a renowned fantasy cartographer, writer, and producer. Three of her own maps, Kingdom of the Westlands (2016), The Realm of Alera and the Barbarian Lands (2015), and Yggdrasil and Nine Realms of the Norse (2012), are included within the exhibition.

FYI

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 07:52 am
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I wrote this for Facebook but I think it applies to Live Journal, Dreamwidth too:


You see a lot of people popping up in your posts that you don't know, or who are friends of friends. They may actually be white supremacists/Nazi sympathizers/all lives matter racists who spout that rhetoric, they may just want to argue with every word you say, but they are all Trump supporters, and the only thing they have in common is that they want you to shut up.

It can be scary to speak out about your feelings and fears at any time, let alone when you're facing an actual rise of open fascism. These people are there to stop you, to scare you. It's not a conspiracy. They've been indoctrinated by Fox News, by sites like Breitbart, by their families, they don't need a conspiracy, they know what to do without any outside help. They want you to shut up. They just want you to be nice, be kind, don't talk about politics, just shut your damn mouth, lie down, and let us do what we want. They want you to shut up.

All I have is advice, and that's to not shut up. I've been abused, I've been bullied, and I can tell you that there is nothing more satisfying than to keep talking when a bully wants you to shut up. If you don't know this person and you don't want them in your posts arguing constantly, ban them from your Facebook. It's easy and fun. If a friend wants you to shut up, that's harder. But if someone wants you to shut up about your fears, when they want you to shut up about politics when your friends and relatives and innocent strangers are being hurt or put in danger of their lives by those politics, then that person is not your friend. It's a hard thing to learn, but it's true.


Couple of links:

Calling Congress is easier than you think: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/138465/how-to-call-senator

General Strike Called for February 17: https://mic.com/articles/167192/general-strike-feb-17-what-will-happen-if-activists-stage-a-nationwide-strike-against-trump#.dg8japJXA

FYI News

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 03:30 pm
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Author Tananarive Due will be one of the guests of honor for World Fantasy Con 2017 in San Antonio! Other guests of honor are Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gorden van Gelder, and I'm the toastmaster. Dates are November 2-5 2017 http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

Other Stuff:

- The Harbors of the Sun will have a simultaneously release in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook. It is now available for preorder for a July 4 release.

The trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds is available for preorder for an April release. My new SF novella, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is available for preorder in ebook and paperback for a May 2 release. (and the ebook is only 2.99) (first chapter excerpt is here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm)


- I went to a NoBanNoWall protest on the TAMU campus last night with a group of friends, and there was a big turn-out, maybe a few hundred people, very good to see. Some friends went to the rally in Austin at the capitol today: http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2017/01/31/follow-live-texas-muslim-capitol-day-rally/

Resistance

Monday, January 30th, 2017 03:24 pm
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If you want to take action but aren't sure what to do, here are some links:


It's Time to Fight: http://itstimetofight.weebly.com/things-to-do-week-of-13017.html


Fascism Watch: http://s-leary.tumblr.com/tagged/fascism-watch


The Sixty-Five: http://thesixtyfive.org/home


Indivisible Guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/


Calling your senators and representatives works way better than petitions. Letters and email help also.

It's Worse Again

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 10:35 am
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Trump boots top officials (including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-boots-top-officials-but-includes-steve-bannon-in-reshuffled-national-security-council/ The former Goldman Sachs executive presided over the expansion of Breitbart from a fringe right-wing web community to a sprawling hub of the so-called “alt-right,” a collection of white nationalists, racists, anti-feminists and neo-Nazis.

I posted this in a comment on Facebook:

We should have known this was possible from the rise of the gamergaters, and the Sad/Rabid Puppies. Those both have their roots in white supremacist/Nazi movements, no matter what they say. (And a lot of their members are open Nazi ("alt-right") supporters.) Their grievance is basically that women, POC, LGBTQIA people want to participate in games, in SF/F fandom and the SF/F and gaming professional communities and they want to reserve all of that for straight white men.

Keep that in mind when the Sad Puppies whine at you at the next convention. Remember these are people who benefit directly from Nazism and are perfectly happy with that.

It's Worse

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 09:01 am
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“Trump Executive Order Could Block 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents From Returning to America From Trips”

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-executive-order-could-block-legal-residents-from-returning-to-america?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=sprout&utm_content=1485565886


“Following President Trump’s executive order green card, visa holders already blocked by airports”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-order-blocks-green-card-visa-holders-airports-article-1.2957910


“Fears That Trump’s Visa Ban Betrays Friends and Bolsters Enemies”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/world/middleeast/muslims-trump-visa-restrictions-.html


“President Trump is leading our country out of fear instead of facts. His executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from some Muslim majority countries to the United States play right into the hands of our enemies. ISIS has already used his statements to help recruit new suicide bombers, and you can bet Trump’s policies will help inspire attacks against Americans both at home and abroad.”

“His policies literally put our troops’ lives at risk—I’ve heard this loud and clear when I have visited them overseas. They also prove he has zero understanding of our country’s values and no intention of defending our Constitution.“

https://moulton.house.gov/legislative-center/moulton-condemns-trumps-executive-order-on-refugees/

Publishing News

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 10:06 am
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I got some good news today. Skyhorse/Nightshade is going with simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions of The Harbors of the Sun. (This was after Barnes & Noble said they'd take 1200 copies if it was released in trade paperback, but only a few 100 if released in hardcover.) I think this is great, because people who want a nice hardcover can get one and you still have the more affordable trade paperback.

Also, I posted the new Raksura Patreon story today: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567
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(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)



* Black Dog Short Stories II by Rachel Neumeier
Stories from the world of Rachel's Black Dog novel, which takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world.


* Preorder: Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves. Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.


* Short story: Tor.com A Human Stain by Kelly Robson


* Short Story: Tor.com Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story by S.B. Divya


* Oathbreaker by J. Kathleen Cheney
From the world of Dreaming Death, we follow Amal, Lady Horn as she and her guards try to preserve one of the great secrets of Larossa: an abandoned Fortress. Amal, the chief of the Oathbreakers, is one of only a handful of people aware of the true dangers the abandoned Fortress of Salonen presents. The Cince Empire wants its secrets, and will do anything to get someone inside.


* Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
Connected by ansible, humanity has spread across galaxies and fought a war against an enemy that remains a mystery. At the edge of human space sits the Citadel—a relic of the war and a listening station for the enemy's return. For a young Ensign Aldo, fresh from the academy and newly cloned across the ansible line, it's a prison from which he may never escape.


* Preorder: House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war... As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.


* Available tomorrow: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.


* The Truth About Cats and Wolves by Alethea Kontis
Like many paranormals of Greek descent, Kai Xanthopoulos will not know her true nature until her young powers fully manifest. Unlike her parents—and much to the dismay of her stray cat best friend—Kai has chosen not to spend the rest of her life at the diner in Nocturne Falls. She takes a job at Delaney’s Delectables instead, a decision that puts her directly in the path of a fugitive werewolf that could change her destiny...


* Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari. Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.


* and if you haven't already, please check out Uncanny Magazine


* Hugo nominations are open, and I encourage anybody who can nominate (members of the previous WorldCon in Kansas City and the next WorldCon in Finland) to fill up their ballots.

Three Worlds Map

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 08:51 am
marthawells: (Miko)
I'm not getting much done this week, as watching the fascist takeover of the US is kind of terrifying and depressing and enraging. But here's something I stumbled on recently that I told someone I'd post. Maybe it'll distract me and others and provide a few minutes of relief.

This is the only map of the Three Worlds, from The Books of the Raksura. The original is at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, being prepared for a spot in an exhibition of maps of imaginary places. I thought I hadn't taken any photos of it, but found these the other day:






I didn't ever want professional maps in the books, because I wanted the reader to visualize the Three Worlds as a vast landscape with no boundaries, so these were only for personal reference.
marthawells: (Default)



This is a novella, coming out in ebook and paperback on May 2, from Tor.com Publishing. The cover art is by Jaime Jones. There are preorder links on my web site here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm


And here’s an excerpt:



Chapter One



I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been well over 35,000 hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don't know, a little under 35,000 hours of movies, serials, books, plays, and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.


I was also still doing my job, on a new contract, and hoping Dr. Volescu and Dr. Bharadwaj finished their survey soon so we could get back to the habitat and I could watch episode 397 of Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon.


I admit I was distracted. It was a boring contract so far and I was thinking about backburnering the status alert channel and trying to access music on the entertainment feed without HubSystem logging the extra activity. It was trickier to do it in the field than it was in the habitat.


This assessment zone was a barren stretch of coastal island, with low, flat hills rising and falling and thick greenish-black grass up to my ankles, not much in the way of flora or fauna, except a bunch of different sized bird-like things and some puffy floaty things that were harmless as far as we knew. The coast was dotted with big bare craters, one of which Bharadwaj and Volescu were taking samples in. The planet had a ring, which from our current position dominated the horizon when you looked out to sea. I was looking at the sky and mentally poking at the feed when the bottom of the crater exploded.
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