marthawells: (Reading)
Here's a quote from Roque Protocol, the third novella in The Murderbot Diaries, for Book Quote Wednesday (#bookqw on Twitter)

And Artificial Condition (coming out May 8) got a great review in the upcoming April issue of Booklist:

"Murderbot is one of the most delightful characters in current science fiction: a killing machine who chooses to be a good person, a robot who suffers from crippling social anxiety, a sarcastic misanthrope who really just wants to be left alone to watch TV. The relationship between Murderbot and ART (the intelligent ship) adds an entertaining The Odd Couple element to the story."
marthawells: (Stargate Monuments)

For me as a trans woman, All Systems Red’s concoction of heartbreak and ever-present anxiety felt achingly familiar to me (even as Murderbot’s narration and dry delivery cracked me up more often than not), as I looked back at various pressure points in my own transition. The novella has a lot to say about building a personal identity on the fly.
marthawells: (Teyla)
And here's a long excerpt from Artificial Condition, the second novella in the Murderbot Diaries:
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
It's early, but I wanted to start mentioning this now:

On Saturday, May 12, at 4:30, I'll be doing a signing for The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas.

If you can't be there, you can order the book (or any of my books that are still available) through the store and ask for it to be signed (and personalized with your name if you want) and they'll get it signed for you when I'm there and ship it to you.

And tomorrow night I finally get to go see Black Panther, yay!

Now back to work.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)

And here's the cover for The Murderbot Stories: Exit Strategy with art by Jaime Jones. It's fourth in the series and will be out in October of this year, and is up for preorder now!
marthawells: (Teyla)
Not too spoilery review of the next two stories in The Muderbot Diaries here: Review of Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol

Wells brings a strong sense of character to Murderbot. Deeply socially anxious, immensely awkward about talking to Actual People, and constantly insisting that they don’t care (when it becomes obvious that they do), Murderbot is a very human sort of bot—despite their occasionally assertion that they’re not really a person.

Wells' pacing is sharp, and the world of the Murderbot Diaries is atmospheric and filled with cool shit. And the individuals who appear on the pages of these stories, however briefly, all feel like fully-rounded people. These are delightful books, and I sincerely hope that Wells writes many more of them—because I definitely want to find out what happens next.

And if you're nominating for the Hugo Awards, All Systems Red is eligible in the novella category, and the Books of the Raksura series is eligible in the series category because The Harbors of the Sun came out last year. Though this will be its last year of eligibility.
marthawells: (Stargate)
Preorder links are starting to appear for Exit Strategy, the fourth Murderbot Diaries novella. It’s coming out October 2, 2018

Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.

Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it's caught?
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
I seem to be nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries:

The judges of the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, are pleased to announce the seven nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:

THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison (47North)
SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
AFTER THE FLARE by Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press)
THE WRONG STARS by Tim Pratt (Angry Robot)
REVENGER Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells (

First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Norwescon 41 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac, Washington.
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Award-eligible stuff:

Novella: May 2017 All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries in ebook and paperback, from

Novel: July 2017 The Harbors of the Sun, the last book in the Books of the Raksura series, in hardcover, paperback, and ebook, from Night Shade Books.

The Books of the Raksura is eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Series, and this will be its last year of eligibility.

Short Story: July 2017 "Birthright" in Mech: Age of Steel from Ragnarok.

Not Award Eligible:

The trade paperback reprint of The Edge of Worlds

Writing Stats:

I wrote three more Murderbot Diaries novellas this year, Artificial Condition, which will come out in May 2018, Rogue Protocol in August 2018, and Exit Strategy, which isn't scheduled yet. All three together are a total of about 105,000 words. I also wrote a bunch of short fiction for the Raksura Patreon, probably around 15,000 to 18,000 words worth.


This was a really...strange year in a lot of ways, but career-wise, it was very good. I completed the Books of the Raksura series and I was very happy with how The Harbors of the Sun turned out. All Systems Red, my first SF novella, came out and it did really super well, and got lots of great reviews and was listed as one of Amazon's best books of 2017, which was awesome.

And I read a lot of great books by a lot of new and new-to-me authors:

And I was toastmaster at the World Fantasy Convention in 2017, and this was my speech:
marthawells: (Stargate)

Well, this happened quicker than I thought!

The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red is now available in audiobook on Recorded Books, Audible, iTunes, etc!

narrated by Kevin R. Free
marthawells: (Stargate Monuments)
I have some good Murderbot news. There will be audiobooks of all four of the Murderbot novellas (All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy) by Recorded Books ( And the narrator will be Kevin R. Free! ( (Squee!)

If you're a Welcome to Night Vale fan, you may recognize him from Desert Bluffs and the Vortex.

You can listen to some of his other work here: and

It looks like All Systems Red will be available on December 1, 2017.
marthawells: (Zoe)
Tumblr post: A quote from The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition for book quote Wednesday
marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)

Now that the cover (by Jaime Jones) has been revealed, more preorder links are available. (I really, really appreciate preorders, wherever you shop, not just the links here.)

Note: Artificial Condition is a novella, around 160 pages. It's a direct sequel to All Systems Red and begins not long after that novella ends.

Description: It has a dark past -- one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue. What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks...

Available at:
Barnes & Noble, Amazon US and all other Amazons, Mysterious Galaxy, BooksaMillion, Book Depository, and from a local independent bookseller through Indiebound.

ebook (DRM-free): Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, Kindle France, Kindle Germany, Kindle Spain, and all other Kindle retailers.


SECUNITS DON'T CARE ABOUT the news. Even after I hacked my governor module and got access to the feeds, I never paid much attention to it. Partly because downloading the entertainment media was less likely to trigger any alarms that might be set up on satellite and station networks; political and economic news was carried on different levels, closer to the protected data exchanges. But mostly because the news was boring and I didn't care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn't have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it.

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marthawells: (Miko)
The cover reveal for The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition, plus an interview with me, is on The Verge:
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I've finally finished a final draft of the fourth Murderbot Diaries novella. It's due on Friday, and for a while there I didn't think I was going to make it. All Systems Red was written pretty quickly, in about a month, including a few days I had to take off because I had a back injury and fell in the bathtub. Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol were both difficult and each took about two months, including many false starts and complete plot-ectomies, but with this one I probably wrote more than 60,000 words to finally come up with the final 35,000.

Part of the reason it took so long was stress from that monstrous thing inhabiting the White House and everything he's brought with him, part of it was just wanting to get the story right.

I've seen the covers for Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol and they're gorgeous. And I've heard the narrator for the audiobooks, and I'm pretty excited about who they picked. I can't say anything more about all that yet, but hopefully there can be official announcements soon.

In other news, we got a new dishwasher because the plastic parts rotted out of the old one, and we think squirrels have somehow tunneled into one of the walls of the house. So, nothing particularly unusual there.


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