marthawells: (Stargate)


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: (The Serpent Sea)
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
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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.
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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.

Publishing News

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 10:06 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
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

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: (SGA Team)
Well, it's been a fucking horrible year. But here's a round-up of stuff I wrote and read:


Things Published

December 2015

"The Dark Gates" The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft, Journalstone Press.
Reja and her companions Fletcher and Tamith solve a mysterious disappearance.

"The Potter's Daughter" audio reprint at Episode 86 of the podcast Far-Fetched Fables, read by Diane Sieverson.
Kade Carrion before the events of The Element of Fire

January 2016

"Night at the Opera" audio reprint at Podcastle.
A noble Rienish family asks Reynard Morane to thwart a sorcerous blackmailer, and he recruits a reluctant Nicholas Valiarde to help.

April 2016

The Edge of Worlds Night Shade Books, ISBN 9781597808439. Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
Reviewed by the New York Times:
"The venerated pulp spirit in science fiction and fantasy has dwindled since the golden age of the 1920s to '50s. Yet an atavistic craving for adventure remains, and it is this need that Wells's books in general and the Raksura books in particular satisfy. The stories are straightforward adventure, but what makes Wells's "new pulp" feel fresh is its refusal to take the easier storytelling routes of its forebears. Rather than thinly veil an existing human society as alien others, for example, Wells - a master world builder - creates a multicultural world of humanized monsters...The result is breathtakingly surprising and fun. So for readers who missed earlier entry points to this delightful series, now is the time to get on board."
- New York Times

Forthcoming in 2017

January 2017

"Birthright" Mech: Age of Steel, Ragnarok Publications, ISBN 978-1941987858.

April 2017

The Edge of Worlds Night Shade Books, Paperback edition.

July 2017

The Harbors of the Sun Night Shade Books, ISBN 978-1597808910.
The last book in the Books of the Raksura series.

Also forthcoming: The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, a novella from Tor.com in ebook and paperback and the sequel.

Words written in 2016: about 163832

Some of My Favorite Books:

Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde
Court of Fives and The Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Unquiet Land by Sharon Shinn
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
Sacrifice by Cindy Pon
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)


The next (and last) Raksura book, The Harbors of the Sun, is starting show up for preorder in ebook on Kindle and Kobo. (It should also be showing up on Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, France, Germany, etc, just check your local Amazon.)

The paperback of The Edge of Worlds will be out in April and is up for preorder on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If you've already read The Edge of Worlds, please consider leaving a review or rating on Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing, etc. It really does help, and it's all the advertising the books will get. And it's very much appreciated.
marthawells: (Teyla)
Book quotes I’ve been posting on Twitter for Book Quote Wednesday





marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
You can now preorder the hardcover of The Harbors of the Sun at Amazon US, Chapters Indigo, Books a Million, Amazon UK, and Indiebound. The ebook will show up for preorder closer to the release date.



Description:

A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

But there may be no time to stage a rescue, as the kidnapped Raksura discover that their captors are heading toward a mysterious destination with a stolen magical artifact that will cause more devastation for the Reaches than anything the lethal Fell can imagine. To stop them, the Raksura will have to take the ultimate risk and follow them into forbidden territory.

The paperback of The Edge of Worlds can be preordered at Barnes and Noble and Amazon and all the other Amazons.

Cover Reveal!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 03:04 pm
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BEHOLD!

The cover reveal for The Harbors of the Sun is at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/exclusive-cover-reveal-harbors-sun-martha-wells-plus-bonus-interview/ with a bonus interview.

The gorgeous art is by Yukari Masuike

ETA: and it's now available for preorder in hardcover!
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
The description of The Harbors of the Sun is up but there still isn't a preorder option for it.

It's the sequel to The Edge of Worlds and the final book in the series.

A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

But there may be no time to stage a rescue, as the kidnapped Raksura discover that their captors are heading toward a mysterious destination with a stolen magical artifact that will cause more devastation for the Reaches than anything the lethal Fell can imagine. To stop them, the Raksura will have to take the ultimate risk and follow them into forbidden territory.

* The Edge of Worlds is also up for preorder in paperback. It's already available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook.


* Also there's more new fan art on the Compendium: http://www.marthawells.com/compendium/#art a drawing of Frost, by Katriona Seallach on DeviantArt

* On Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 7:30 CST I'll be doing and online reading and an interview as part of The Pixel Project's Read for Pixels Fall Edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1EyARkzeKQ

* On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 4:30 I'll be doing a talk on worldbuilding and a Q&A session as part of the Hal Hall Lecture Series sponsored by Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, at TAMU.

New fan art

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 09:02 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I've posted new fan art to the Books of the Raksura Compendium on my web site: http://www.marthawells.com/compendium/#art

It's "When Moon first encounters Stone in The Cloud Roads" by Samantha Majumder. Samantha says: One of my favorite 'scenes' was when Moon encounters Stone for the first time and gets chased around a floating island a bit before he flies down to cling to the underside of the island and escapes. I enjoyed that part so much I painted what I thought the scene might look like with acrylic and watercolor and would like to show you as well. I attached a scan of the fan art to this email. I aimed to reflect how threatening Stone appeared to Moon as he was chased. Also, the cover art of your book influenced the yellow tinted sky.

Thanks to Samantha!

If anyone wants me to link to or post their Raksura art on the compendium, just let me know.

Audiobook Contest!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 08:11 am
marthawells: (Reading)


I have five codes to give away for free downloads of the audiobook of The Edge of Worlds, narrated by Chris Kipiniak, from Audible.com. You can listen to a sample here.

To enter: Comment on this post (at Live Journal, Dreamwidth, or the GoodReads feed) and tell me why you want it. (The drawing is random and I'm not judging you, it just makes it more interesting to read the entries that way.) You'll also be able to enter on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, but please only enter once (in total, not once on each site).

I'll be drawing the winners on Friday morning, July 1, 2016.


(I'd also really appreciate it if people left reviews, on Amazon, B&N, GoodReads, or LibraryThing (or just added the book to their lists there) but it isn't necessary to enter or win.)

Comicpalooza

Monday, June 20th, 2016 07:46 am
marthawells: (Default)
So, last weekend I had a somewhat sore back from being in an unstable position while trying to keep a box from falling, then Tuesday evening my back gave out while I was getting out of the bathtub and probably got a torn ligament. It was extremely painful, like getting a small electric shock in the back, and I almost fainted. So, that happened.

Then Thursday I went to Comicpalooza. I had a cane and a back brace and a lot of Aleve, and my husband was helping me. At that point, I could walk and sit but couldn't pick things up off the floor or do things like put my shoes on, but it got gradually better over the weekend. We got to the con, got our passes, and then I rested in the room until friends came to pick us up to go to dinner. (It was a place near the hotel that served Chinese and Vietnamese food and it was delicious.)

Friday I hobbled down the skybridge and did my two panels and managed to eat lunch down on the convention floor near the maker faire but didn't really get to see anything. After my second panel I was pretty much out of it so we went back to the room. I felt better by the time we needed to go down to meet J. Kathleen Cheney and Michelle Muenzler for dinner and hanging out in the bar afterward. It turns out rum is a great muscle relaxant.

Saturday I did my panel and a signing, and spent the rest of the time hanging out with friends who had come in for the con. I got to see the Orion capsule in the big NASA exhibit, my husband bought me a small light-up Atlantis Stargate that is awesome, I got a t-shirt with Rey from Star Wars and a NASA t-shirt, and saw a lot of costumes. Then we met up with a big group for dinner. I did pretty well that day, and was able to walk in the dealers room for about an hour and a half. One of the friends was [personal profile] pentapus who did some fabulous Raksura art for me during the panel.

Sunday I was done with programming, so we went through the artists alley until I started to feel bad, but as we were leaving my husband stopped and got me an autograph from Peter Mayhew, who is also awesome. (He was sitting next to Carl Weathers, who is extremely cool too.) Then we took off for home.












This was a contest where robots had to attack that castle.

marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
(I'm reposting this essay I wrote a couple of months ago because I found it again and I really like it.)


It took two years to sell the completed manuscript of The Cloud Roads to a publisher. (My agent was the one doing all the work. I was just sitting at home writing The Serpent Sea and Emilie and the Hollow World (which didn’t have a publisher either at that time), and quietly freaking out.) But one of the comments my agent got back on The Cloud Roads was that it was hard to follow.

If you’ve read it, you know it’s not a multi-character, multi-storyline epic. Moon is the only POV and the story is pretty linear. After talking to other readers about it for a while, I think the reason for that comment was the Raksura’s gender neutral names.

For me, this was a feature, not a bug. I found it hard to talk about the bisexuality or pansexuality of the characters when they had no concept of heterosexuality, so I tried in various ways to show it. And our concepts of gender don’t map exactly onto the Raksura’s concepts of gender. Using gender neutral names helped me keep that in mind while I was writing. But for some people it was too confusing; they had to assign a gender to identify who the character was.

There were other things people didn’t like. Raksura form intensely close bonds with each other, but are not romantic in the way most earth humans would interpret it. The closest they come to kissing is biting, and they don’t say to each other “I love you.” The queens and consorts are the only ones who form single permanent sexual relationships that we would recognize as marriages, and even they aren’t exclusive with each other. (Though a consort wouldn’t sleep with another queen unless he wanted to start a war.) Moon is the only Raksura in the book who has seen any other type of relationship, and even he only has an outsider’s understanding of them.

For infertile warriors and fertile Arbora, sexual relationships are friendly and casual. Having children is a serious business, and partners are selected with a lot of attention toward the court’s bloodlines and what the court needs. But the relationships between Arbora child-bearing partners aren’t exclusive and aren’t marriages, the way we’d think of marriages, and children are raised communally. (When it’s normal to give birth to five babies at one time, it takes an organized segment of the community to take care of all of them.)

The entire court is basically a very large, often cranky, extended family.

I had beta readers for The Cloud Roads who tried to see the Raksuran relationships as marriages and nuclear families, and it just didn’t work for them because the relationships didn’t make sense that way. To me, trying to see the relationships of your flying lizard ant lion people as being exactly like earth human relationships was what didn’t make sense.

Catching Up

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 07:53 am
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
If you're on Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook, you may have seen yesterday that I finished the first draft of The Harbors of the Sun. It needs a lot of revision, and the first and second chapters may switch places, but the principal photography is done, basically. It's the fifth Raksura novel, and the seventh book, counting the two novella collections. I'd take some time off, but I don't actually have time to take some time off.



Also, yesterday I posted the 14th Raksura story for the Patreon, where Malachite meets the Sky Copper clutch: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567&ty=h

Comicpalooza

Coming up on June 17-19, I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston. It's a comiccon, with actors and media guests, and a huge dealer's room and artist's alley plus a small makerfaire, but it also has a full schedule of literary and writing panels (like 50 of them) and a large number of writer guests.

I'll be on:

- Friday 11:30 to 12:30 Outlandish Others: How Genre Fiction Employs Androids, Elves, and other non-human Races
Carrie Patel, Tex Thompson, Donna Grant, Martha Wells

- Friday 2:30 to 3:30 Young Adult Fantasy
Joy Preble, J.L. Clark, Katherine Catmull, Angela Holder, Martha Wells

- Saturday 11:00 to 12:00 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
Ken Liu, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, C. Stuart Hardwick, Martha Wells

***

Con or Bust

Today is the first day of the Con or Bust Fundraising Auction to help people of color/non-white people attend SF/F conventions. There are tons of great items to bid on, like signed books, art, jewelry, flash fiction, and critiques.

My items are here. (A signed set of the two Stories of the Raksura books, a signed copy of The Edge of Worlds, and an audiobook CD set of Wheel of the Infinite.

Quickie Post

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 07:46 am
marthawells: (John and Ronon)
Quick post, because I'm still flailing around while revising and finishing off The Harbors of the Sun for its June 1 deadline.

Air conditioning: still broke while we're waiting on a compressor. Luckily it's been rainy and cool off and on.

* There are now MP3 CDs available of the audiobooks of The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea. I don't know about the when/if the others will show up in this format. Hopefully they will?

* An audiobook for The Harbors of the Sun is coming, still not sure of the date. Hopefully in June sometime.

* I did an unlocked Patreon post to answer a question about Raksura naming conventions.

* There's a post here by Emu's Debuts about how to help authors. (Request your library to order their books, leave reviews, etc) Reviews (on Amazon and GoodReads) really, really do help, even if you didn't love everything about the book.

I post a lot of random stuff on tumblr if you want to catch me over there.

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