marthawells: (John Green Trees)
2017-04-26 08:31 am

Book Quote Wednesday

This is for Book Quote Wednesday on Twitter.





The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is a 140 page novella coming out May 2 http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm
marthawells: (Reading)
2017-04-26 07:26 am
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New Book Wednesday is on a roll

(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.)


* Dream Eater: Portland Hafu Book 1 by K. Bird Lincoln
Koi Pierce dreams other peoples' dreams. Her whole life she's avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person's most intense dreams. It's enough to make anyone a hermit. But Koi's getting her act together. No matter what, this time she's going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it's not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor's hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi's father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.


* The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by Zig Zag Claybourne
ADVENTURE... just got 35% cooler. Milo Jetstream. Ramses Jetstream. Coming to save the world one last damn time against the False Prophet Buford in the battle to save the Earth, preserve the soul, and make sure folks get home in one piece. Cabals. Fae folk in Walmart. And the whale that was poured into the oceans when the world first cooled from creation. Sometimes it seems saving the world one last damn time is more trouble than it's worth.


* Comic: Sun Dragon's Song 2 by Joyce Chng and Kim Miranda
Yo Hi's life's dream has finally come true: He's been accepted into the Dragon Riding Academy. While his life will never be the same, unfortunately, some things may never change.


* Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
Once upon a time, Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang) was demon-infested San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine, a beacon of hope and strength and really awesome outfits. But all that changed the day she agreed to share the spotlight with her best friend and former assistant Evie Tanaka—who’s now a badass, fire-wielding superheroine in her own right. They were supposed to be a dynamic duo, but more and more, Aveda finds herself shoved into the sidekick role. Where, it must be said, she is not at all comfortable.


* A Minacious Appearance (The Elephant and Macaw Banner Novelette Series Book 8) by Christopher Kastensmidt
After an ill omen and an encounter with a fiery, headless mule, Gerard and Oludara are sidetracked by a Jesuit priest named Miguel Samperes and get caught between enemies both old and new. When tensions run high and violence erupts, the prophecy of doom becomes clear.


* 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.


Short stories: Apex Magazine Issue 95

Short story: Uncanny Magazine And Then There Were N-One by Sarah Pinsker
marthawells: (Stargate)
2017-04-25 07:44 am

The Edge of Worlds Paperback



I think it's already been shipping, but this is the official release day for trade paperback reprint of The Edge of Worlds. It's the second to last Raksura book.
marthawells: (Stargate)
2017-04-24 06:50 am

Con or Bust Auction

Bidding for the Con or Bust Auction starts today, April 24, 2017, and runs to May 7, 2017.


Con or Bust, Inc., is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization (EIN: 81-2141738) that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.


Items to bid on include signed books, jewelry, critiques by editors, custom-made items, and much more.


My three items up for auction are:

* A signed personalized trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds
* A signed hardcover of The Harbors of the Sun
* A signed paperback of the novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red
marthawells: (Reading)
2017-04-19 07:54 am
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New Book Wednesday Actually on Wednesday

(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.)


* Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson
For as long as humans have gathered in cities, those cities have had their shining—or shadowy—counterparts. Imaginary cities, potential cities, future cities, perfect cities. It is as if the city itself, its inescapable gritty reality and elbow-to-elbow nature, demands we call into being some alternative, yearned-for better place.


* Tender by Sofia Samatar
The first collection of short fiction from a rising star whose stories have been anthologized in the first two volumes of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and nominated for many awards. Some of Samatar’s weird and tender fabulations spring from her life and her literary studies; some spring from the world, some from the void.


* Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst
The traditional Emperor’s Journey is meant to be uneventful. But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin—twin sisters—travel to pay respects to their kingdom’s dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth. The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing. With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?


* A Fistful of Honey by Malena Crawford
This stunning novel begins when a pending divorce and job loss force Alena Ford out of her elite life in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and into a gritty section of Brooklyn. Stripped of everything, she is forced to face the demons of her past and the ghosts in her heart. When Alena befriends her eccentric neighbor Gloria, the woman’s stunning amethyst necklace and Black Madonna painting draw her into a world of ancient secrets, dark forces, and powerful magic.


* WarDance by Elizabeth Vaughan
Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see...everything.


* The Dragon's Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf
In the heart of the singing desert, the people are fading from the world. Mothers bear few live children, the warriors and wardens are hard-pressed to protect those who remain, and the vash’ai—the great cats who have called the people kithren for as long as there have been stories—bond with fewer humans each year.


* Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott
When her village is raided, a teenage girl finds herself on a brutal journey to the coast of Africa and across the Atlantic. Her only comfort is a small child who clings to her for protection. But once they board the slave ship, the child reveals her rebellious nature and warns that her mother--a fierce warrior--is coming to claim them all.


* Short Story: When Stars Are Scattered by Spencer Ellsworth
Ahmed is a doctor working in a far flung outpost of humanity. His way was paid for by the leaders of his faith and his atheism is a guarded secret. His encounters with the "kite people" will cause him to doubt his whole worldview however when the aliens start dying and escalating tensions between religious extremists threatens to destroy the colony's peace.


* Anathema Magazine Issue 1
Anathema: Spec from the Margins is a tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC.
marthawells: (Teyla)
2017-04-18 07:46 am

Some Things

Books Coming Out


* The trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds comes out on April 25, 2017.

* The ebook and paperback of the 150 page novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red comes out May 2, 2017.

* The hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook of The Harbors of the Sun comes out on July 4, 2017

Yes, that does seem like a lot in a short time.


Events

* If you're local to Bryan/College Station, I'll be at the Bryan Public Library's Meet the Author Day: http://www.bcslibrary.org/meet-the-author-day-martha-wells/ Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM with a bunch of other local authors.


* If you want a signed, personalized paperback copy of my new 150 page SF novella, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, you can order one through Murder by the Book here: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells-preorder But you have to order before May 5, 2017.


* I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston on May 12-14. And the literary program director Vijay Kale has a discount code for $5.00 off three-day, VIP, or speed passes for the con that he wants people to use and pass along. The code is vkale3


* I'll be doing a signing with Rachel Caine at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 4:30. If you can't be there, you can order our books, get them signed and personalized, and the store will ship them to you: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells The hardcover and trade paperback of The Harbors of the Sun will be available.



Other Stuff


A couple of weeks ago I tried a new medication on one of my cats, Tasha, and after working great for a few days, she stopped eating. It took about a week to get her back to a normal diet, so that was several days of not-fun, though now she's fine. I finished a third Murderbot novella, though as yet it's unsold. I'm going to finish polishing it today and hopefully get it sent to my agent. (There is a second Murderbot novella already scheduled to come out from Tor.com next year.) I've been having hand pain off and on, though not as bad as it was at the start of the year when my fingers got stuck and I had to have shots in both hands. I think this latest bout was caused by too much weeding the yard. I think I just need to be careful while I'm still recovering.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
2017-04-12 08:30 am
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Books!

First:

* I saw this and wanted to pass it along: there's a fan community for Raksura fans on Dreamwidth: http://raksura-fans.dreamwidth.org/

and

* If you want a signed, personalized paperback copy of my new 150 page SF novella, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, you can order one through Murder by the Book here: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells-preorder But you have to order before May 5.


Books!


* Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi
Masterfully combining fantasy, science fiction and Japanese mythology, the sequel to Kojiki takes us into the heart of a war that spreads across the worlds. On the planet of Higo, without the guidance of the Great Spirits, its people are descending into religious civil war. Baiyren Tallaenaq, Prince of Higo, is exiled after causing the death of his mother.


* Brimstone by Cherie Priest
Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant living among others who share her gifts in the community of Cassadaga, Florida. She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell-shocked war veteran and widower. And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife’s spirit.


* The End of the Day by Claire North
At the end of the day, Death visits everyone. Right before that, Charlie does. You might meet him in a hospital, in a warzone, or at the scene of a traffic accident. Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole - he gets everywhere, our Charlie. Would you shake him by the hand, take the gift he offers, or would you pay no attention to the words he says?


* Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews
Andrej Koscuisko is a former Fleet Medical Officer for the enormous totalitarian star empire, the Jurisdiction. But when he served in the Fleet, Andrej's real job was not medicine, at least not primarily medicine, but to act as a torturer of prisoners, whether they had information to give or not. To help him in his duties, Andrej was attended by "bond involuntaries"--slaves--men he'd come to look upon as friends and family. Finally, enough was enough. Andrej absconded with six of his Fleet-provided security slaves and sent them into the no-man's land of Gonebeyond Space--beyond the reach of the Jurisdiction's tyrannical Bench.


* Knife's Edge by Emily L. Byrne
12 stories about spanking, surrender and restraints and some of the fun a few inventive gals can cook up with each other. What else? There are pirates and aliens and cowgirls and the hottest meter maid you'll ever run across. Add in a vampire or two and the hottest fantasies you ever entertained about the girl's field hockey team and you’re in for one wild ride.
marthawells: (Miko)
2017-04-10 08:11 am

Comicpalooza

I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston on May 12-14 https://www.comicpalooza.com/

It's a huge comicon with a writing & literature programming track, plus all kinds of guests, a giant artists alley and dealers room, a maker faire, and celebrity signings.

My panel schedule will be:


Friday

1:00 to 2:00 Fan Roundtable: Fanfiction

4:00 to 5:00 Not Your Grandad's Epic Fantasy


Saturday

11:30 to 12:30 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story

1:00 Booksigning (at the Barnes & Noble Booth in the Dealers Rom)

4:00 to 5:00 Read and Critique


Sunday

11:30 to 12:30 Writing in the Fantasy Genre
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
2017-04-07 03:00 pm
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Couple of New Murderbot Reviews

Here's a couple of new reviews of The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red:

This one isn't new but I missed it when it first came out: James Nicoll I’m Not Just One of Your Many Toys

What keeps this from being an unrelentingly grim tale of slavery and dismemberment is Murderbot itself. Murderbot might note that rending the puny humans limb from limb is well within its operational parameters, but this is a purely theoretical observation about performance capabilities. Murderbot has no desire to have its personal body count go any higher. Despite the name it calls itself, Murderbot is not very murder-ish at all. It’s really quite pleasant, if you get to know it.

And this one is a video review on a YouTube show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfIqIybTpGs&feature=youtu.be&t=4m42s

***

In other news, I'm going to try to post more, or to get back to posting more like I used to. It just feels like I've been horrendously busy, and low-key depressed, forever, and I feel like I haven't had much energy for anything outside work. I've had some pain in my hands again, though not nearly as bad as at the beginning of the year when I had to get the shots with the giant needles. I'm nearly done with Murderbot 3: Electric Boogaloo (that's not what it's called) and I did manage to get my backyard mostly into shape this year. Tasha the cat has been a bit sick for the past two days, but she did eat some tuna and dry food, and some bodily functions have resumed, so that's good.

And today I did get my author copies of All Systems Red today, so that was awesome.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
2017-04-07 07:15 am

The Edge of Worlds Paperback

The Edge of Worlds cover


The trade paperback of The Edge of Worlds is officially out on April 25 2017, may ship earlier, and has a cheaper preorder price: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

It's already available in ebook, hardcover, and audiobook.

It's the next to last book in the Books of the Raksura series. The last book, The Harbors of the Sun will be out July 4 2017, in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. (I don't know about the audiobook yet.)

If you want a signed, personalized copy, you can order one through Murder by the Book here: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells

If you want a signed, personalized copy of the 150 page novella The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red you can preorder one here: http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells-preorder
marthawells: (Reading)
2017-04-06 10:08 am
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New Book Wednesday on Thursday

(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.)


* The Dragon With the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest kind of dragon, and she's ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she captures tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she finds herself transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.


* Humanity for Beginners by Faith Mudge
Gloria did not intend to start a halfway house for lesbian werewolves. It just sort of happened. Between running a small bed-and-breakfast with her friend Nadine, helping one young lycanthrope adjust to life after the bite and soothing ruffled fur when the other brings home an unexpected cat, Gloria has more than enough to keep her busy, but one thing is definite: she is not nor ever will be an alpha, whatever Nadine says. And the ever-expanding circle of misfits in her guesthouse is certainly not a pack...


* The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard
But now the Dai Viet Empire itself is under siege, on the verge of a war against an enemy that turns their own mindships against them; and the Empress, who once gave the order to raze the Citadel, is in desperate needs of its weapons. Meanwhile, on a small isolated space station, an engineer obsessed with the past works on a machine that will send her thirty years back, to the height of the Citadel’s power.


* Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Corominas family owns a small planet system, which consists of one gaseous planet and four terraformed moons, nicknamed the Four Sisters. Phillip Coromina, the patriarch of the family, earned his wealth through a manufacturing company he started as a young man and is preparing his eldest daughter, Esme, to take over the company when he dies. When Esme comes of age and begins to take over the business, she gradually discovers the reach of her father’s company, the sinister aspects of its work with alien DNA, and the shocking betrayal that estranged her three half-sisters from their father.


* Orbital Cloud by Taiyo Fujii
In the year 2020, Kazumi Kimura, proprietor of shooting star forecast website Meteor News, notices some suspicious orbiting space debris. Rumors spread online that the debris is actually an orbital weapon targeting the International Space Station. Halfway across the world, at NORAD, Staff Sergeant Daryl Freeman begins his own investigation of the threat. At the same time, billionaire entrepreneur Ronnie Smark and his journalist daughter prepare to check in to an orbital hotel as part of a stunt promoting private space tourism.


* Redder Than Blood by Tanith Lee
A vampiric Snow White whose pious stepmother is her only salvation.... A supernatural Cinderella who strikes at midnight, leaving behind a prince mad with desire.... A sleeping beauty never meant to be woken... In her World Fantasy Award-nominated short story collection, Red as Blood, Tanith Lee deconstructed familiar fairy tales, recapturing their original darkness and horror in haunting new interpretations. Behind gilded words and poised princesses, she exposed a sinister world of violence, madness, and dangerous enchantments.


* Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with exotic technologies as a weapon, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris. Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh enemy incursion, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. Only Khiruev’s aide, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, is able to shake off the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.


And two new books up for preorder that I especially recommend:


* Substrate Phantoms by Jessica Reisman
Jhinsei and his operations team crawl throughout the station, one of many close-knit working groups that keep Termagenti operational. After an unexplained and deadly mishap takes his team from him, Jhinsei finds himself—for lack of a better word—haunted by his dead teammates. In fact, they may not be alone in taking up residence in his brain. He may have picked up a ghost—an alien intelligence that is using him to flee its dying ship. As Jhinsei struggles to understand what is happening to his sanity, inquisitive and dangerous members of the station’s managing oligarchy begin to take an increasingly focused interest in him.

* The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.
marthawells: (John Sheppard)
2017-04-06 07:51 am

Moving Here For Now

I'm going to make this my main blog for now (and if you're reading on GoodReads, I've switched that blog to pick up this rss feed, so it should work the same).

I'm way behind on New Book Tuesday or Wednesday Posts and I'll try to get a new one of those out later today.

I should also have a new Raksura snippet for the Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567) next week.

And I've been trying ResistBot (https://resistbot.io/) which sends faxes to your senators and reps via text, and is great if you can't/don't like to make phone calls. I've also been following Indivisible #Txlege for local actions in Texas: http://txlege.indivisible.blue/ and they have a twitter at https://twitter.com/IndvsbleTXLege
marthawells: (Default)
2017-04-04 01:03 pm

LJ and Hugos

Still thinking about what I'm going to do about my LJ in light of the recent new user agreement. I don't know what I'll do yet, and I have about zero time to deal with it.

Good news: the Hugo Ballot came out and the Sad/Rabid/Nazi puppy influence is down to 2-3 nominees, as far as I can tell, which is great because it looks like the alterations in the nomination rules and methods that went into place this year are working as intended. It's nice to see a ballot that looks like this again and is actually rewarding achievement rather than bullshit slate voting by right-wingers who want to force women/POC out of SF/F.


http://www.tor.com/2017/04/04/2017-hugo-award-finalists-announced/

Best Novel (2,078 nominating ballots)

All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan UK)
A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton; Harper Voyager US)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
Death’s End, Cixin Liu (Tor; Head of Zeus)
Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer (Tor)

Best Novella (1,410)

Penric and the Shaman, Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
This Census-Taker, China Miéville (Del Rey; Picador)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette (1,097)

“The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allan (Tor.com 7/27/16)
“Touring with the Alien”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 4/16)
Alien Stripper Boned from Behind by the T-Rex, Stix Hiscock (self-published)
“The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/5/16)
The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 5-6/16)

Best Short Story (1,275)

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“The City Born Great”, N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com 9/28/16)
“That Game We Played During the War”, Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com 3/16/16)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, Alyssa Wong (Tor.com 3/2/16)
“An Unimaginable Light”, John C. Wright (God, Robot)

Best Related Work (1,122)

The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider)
Women of Harry Potter series of posts, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline)
The Geek Feminist Revolution, Kameron Hurley (Tor)
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, Robert Silverberg & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)

Best Graphic Story (842)

Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, Ta-Nehisi Coates, art by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, Tom King, art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)
Paper Girls, Volume 1, Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang (Image)
Saga, Volume 6, Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image)
Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, G. Willow Wilson, art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona & Nico Leon (Marvel)

Best Dramatic Presentation — Long (1,733)

Arrival
Deadpool
Ghostbusters
Hidden Figures
Rogue One
Stranger Things, Season One

Best Dramatic Presentation — Short (1,159)

Black Mirror: “San Junipero”
Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”
The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”
Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”
Game of Thrones: “The Door”
Splendor & Misery

Best Professional Editor Short Form (951)

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Editor Long Form (752)

Vox Day
Sheila E. Gilbert
Liz Gorinsky
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist (817)

Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Chris McGrath
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine (857)

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine
GigaNotoSaurus
Strange Horizons
Uncanny Magazine
The Book Smugglers

Best Fanzine (610)

Castalia House Blog
Journey Planet
Lady Business
nerds of a feather, flock together
Rocket Stack Rank
SF Bluestocking

Best Fancast (690)

The Coode Street Podcast
Ditch Diggers
Fangirl Happy Hour
Galactic Suburbia
The Rageaholic
Tea & Jeopardy

Best Fan Writer (802)

Mike Glyer
Jeffro Johnson
Natalie Luhrs
Foz Meadows
Abigail Nussbaum
Chuck Tingle

Best Fan Artist (528)

Ninni Aalto
Alex Garner
Vesa Lehtimäki
Likhain (M. Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth
Mansik Yang

Best Series (1,393)

The Craft Sequence, Max Gladstone (Tor)
The Expanse, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The October Daye Books, Seanan McGuire (DAW; Corsair)
The Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz; Del Rey; DAW; Subterranean)
The Temeraire series, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Harper Voyager UK)
The Vorkosigan Saga, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (933)

Sarah Gailey
J. Mulrooney
*Malka Older
Ada Palmer
*Laurie Penny
*Kelly Robson

* Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

Final voting for the Hugo Awards will close on July 15, 2017.
marthawells: (Miko)
2017-03-31 11:38 am

Signed and Personalized Preorder Copies of Murderbot

If you want a signed, personalized paperback copy of this novella, you can order one through Murder by the Book at this link:

http://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells-preorder

Note: it’s a 150 page novella, part of Tor.com’s SF/F novella line, and is also available worldwide in DRM-Free ebook.



Excerpt

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.

I didn't bother to make a verbal emergency call. I sent the visual feed from my field camera to Dr. Mensah's, and jumped down into the crater. As I scrambled down the sandy slope, I could already hear Mensah over the emergency comm channel, yelling at someone to get the hopper in the air now. They were about ten kilos away, working on another part of the island, so there was no way they were going to get here in time to help.

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marthawells: (Miko)
2017-03-22 12:30 pm

Murderbot Reviews

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.
marthawells: (Reading)
2017-03-20 07:57 am
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New Book Tuesday on Monday

(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.
marthawells: (Zoe)
2017-03-08 08:34 am
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International Women's Day Book Recs

(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.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
2017-03-03 04:28 pm

The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red





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.
marthawells: (Reading)
2017-02-22 08:39 am
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New Book Wednesday!

(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

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