marthawells: (John and Ronon)
I was a bit sick and very low energy over the weekend, so now I'm behind on everything. I did get most of my tax receipts sorted out and added up, so it's almost ready to go. (And I really need to start keeping everything in a spreadsheet as the year goes along and not relying on doing it all at once.) And I'm getting ready to paint our guestroom.

I've seen the cover for the new re-release of The Cloud Roads in mass market paperback. That will be out in November. It's the same art, but a slightly different design.

The Murderbot novel is going along, slowly but surely (:knock on wood:) and I think I have a very good chance of finishing by the deadline in May. :knock on wood again: It's been slow going and I don't see it speeding up anytime soon, but at least it's going.

These are the events I'll be at this year (so far):

May 10-12, 2019 Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas.

August 15-19, 2019.WorldCon Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

October 4-5, 2019. Brown County Library ComicCon at Central Library in Green Bay, WI.

October 18-20, 2019. I'll be a guest of honor at Capclave in Rockville, MD.
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
Nominations for the Hugo Awards are open now. If you're a member of the 2019 WorldCon (in Dublin, Ireland) or were a member of the 2018 WorldCon (San Jose, California, USA) you can nominate. If you haven't gotten your nomination link from the convention yet, you have to contact the committee directly. Due to EU regulations, they aren't able to send you email without your permission first.

If you're eligible to nominate, please do. Having a wide range of nominations helps keep the awards reflective of the wide range of great work that was published last year.

The SF/F news site File770 collects links and recommendations for various categories here:

The only things I had out that were eligible were the three Murderbot Diaries novellas: Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy. They're eligible in the Best Novella category. (And If you decide you want to nominate one, Exit Strategy might be the best choice.)

The Murderbot Diaries are not eligible for the Best Series category. (It doesn't meet the word count requirement.)

More info:


We had a friend come visit this weekend and mostly ate and watched movies. We saw Crazy Rich Asians and Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse, and I'd seen both before but they really reward repeat viewing, especially Spiderverse, which I think is a perfect little jewel of a movie. When you already know what's going to happen, you have a lot more time to really absorb all the cool detail and foreshadowing.

Saturday night we went to the historic downtown area which the city has been working on for years. When I first moved here to go to college, it was basically a few streets worth of collapsing buildings. Now it's mostly restored, with a lot of businesses, shops, restaurants, offices. The big restored hotel has opened a room in the basement and runs it like an old Speakeasy. It's only open on certain times on the weekend and so Saturday night we went to see if we could get in.

There's no sign, you have to ask at the front desk how to get down to the basement. Then there's still no sign so you wander around trying to figure out where the music is coming from until you find the door with the big square old-fashioned peephole that slides open (protected by an iron grill). We knocked, but not loud enough. We're standing there trying to figure out what to do and then a door opens behind us and a guy comes down the hall and says, "You have to knock louder" and bangs on the door. My husband recognized him as the mayor. (The real mayor, not a pretend roleplay speakeasy mayor.) So the door opens and it's very dark and all the staff are in 30s costumes and there's a bunch of people drinking and talking on couches. (I suspect it was too clean and friendly and relaxed to be much like a real speakeasy, but it did look like one.) And some cops (real ones) showed up briefly and left. When I went to the bar to get drinks, the bartenders were complaining that it was hard to roleplay a speakeasy with the mayor and cops wandering in and out.

Anyway, that was our weekend.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I broke 50,000 words on the Murderbot Diaries sequel novel yesterday, and that's probably a little over to about halfway done. It's been a hard row so that's a relief. The second half will either go very smoothly or be as much of a hard grind as the first half was, I can't tell.

I have three appearances coming up this year so far:

August 15-19, 2019. WorldCon Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

October 4-5, 2019. Brown County Library ComicCon at Central Library in Green Bay, WI.

October 18-20, 2019. Capclave in Rockville, MD.


Aug. 13th, 2018 07:39 am
marthawells: (Stargate)
In a couple of days I'll be leaving for WorldCon. I am super-nervous. The Hugo Awards are Sunday night (North American Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)), and will be live-streamed:

The Chinese coverage will be in Weibo, by

It's an incredibly strong ballot:

Best Novel

The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang ( Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.Com Publishing)
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Best Novelette

“Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
“Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (, February 15, 2017)
“The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
“A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
“Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Short Story

“Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
“Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
“The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
“Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Series

The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Related Work

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce, and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)

Best Graphic Story

Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
“The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)

Best Editor, Short Form

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

Best Editor, Long Form

Sheila E. Gilbert
Joe Monti
Diana M. Pho
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

Galen Dara
Kathleen Jennings
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast

The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay William
Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Writer

Camestros Felapton
Sarah Gailey
Mike Glyer
Foz Meadows
Charles Payseur
Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist

Geneva Benton
Grace P. Fong
Maya Hahto
Likhain (M. Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth
Steve Stiles

There are two other Awards administered by Worldcon 76 that are not Hugo Awards:

Award for Best Young Adult Book

Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf)
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Katherine Arden
Sarah Kuhn*
Jeannette Ng
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Rebecca Roanhorse
Rivers Solomon
marthawells: (Teyla)
So the WorldCon in San Jose (Aug 16 - 20, 2018) has posted their awesome revamped program here:

Next year's WorldCon will be Dublin, Ireland, and the one after that will be in New Zealand.

My schedule is:


* Novella Hugo Finalists Group Reading:
04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (1 hour)
San Jose Convention Center - 211A
Listen to some of this year's Hugo Novella finalists as they share their work.
JY Yang, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Martha Wells


* Panel: Mental Health & Craft: Creating with Depression and Anxiety
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (1 hour)
San Jose Convention Center - 211C
Creating through depression and anxiety instead of taking a break and walking away from your work is sometimes the only option. At some point, nearly every creator will have to cope with these or similar issues as part of the ups and downs of life. Authors and artists talk about their techniques for working while living with a neuroatypical brain.
Vanessa Rose Phin, Arlin Robins, Martha Wells, Howard Tayler, Kate Elliott

* Series Hugo Finalists Group Reading
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (1 hour)
San Jose Convention Center - 211A
Listen to some of this year's Hugo Best Series finalists as they share their work.
Brandon Sanderson, Martha Wells, Marie Brennan

* Panel: Fantasy Aliens
05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (1 hour)
San Jose Convention Center - 210A
We often think of aliens as science fictional beings--extraterrestrials--but there is also a rich tradition of crossover between fantasy and science fiction. Lovecraft gave us alien-like monsters in his fantasy stories, while Anne McCaffrey gave us fantastical dragons in her science fiction. As our stories and storytelling methods evolve, how is the crossover potential of science fiction and fantasy evolving with it? Our panelists will explore the many ways aliens can be fantastical and fantasy can feel alien in books, games, and beyond.
Caroline M. Yoachim, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Martha Wells, Keffy Kehrli, Jeannette Ng


8:00 Hugo Awards


* Signing
11:00 - noon
Borderlands Books Booth, Dealer's Room

* Signing
2:00 - 3:00
Convention Autograph Area
marthawells: (Reading)
So this weekend I went to the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, and it was awesome. It was my first time to go, though I've always wanted to.

It is huge. I can't describe how huge. It takes up the whole giant convention center plus meeting space in surrounding hotels. Michelle Obama was the opening keynote speaker (and no, we missed her, because we drove in and didn't get there in time to get in line for her talk.) (Viola Davis was the end of conference speaker, and we couldn't stay long enough to see her.)

The exhibit floor: there were over 600 exhibitors. Some were technical and physical library services (like a place selling realistic metal trees for children's storytime areas which is the coolest thing I ever saw and if I was rich that is absolutely how I would spend my money), some were institutions like the Library of Congress, Oxford University Press, and various academic libraries, but most were publishers. And they were giving away free books. It was free-bookapalooza. There were small booths like Titan Comics and Wizards of the Coast and Skyhorse, then there were giant book encampments like HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. There were author signings and giant piles of ARCs and free buttons and free t-shirts and free totebags and my audiobook publisher (Recorded Books) gave us free earbuds. It was amazing. There are so many free books that librarians from small libraries without a lot of money will use it to basically stock their collections, so you see a lot of people toting multiple bags. Librarians are strong.

We got there Friday night and the conference runs a massive well-organized shuttle bus system with very large buses from all the hotels to the convention center. (They're tall buses and I only almost fell twice, and the second time the driver caught me.) We went to the opening of the exhibit floor, then walked through the convention center, the attached mall, and over to the Hilton to make sure we knew the route for Sunday (when I had two programs only half an hour apart). Then we caught the shuttle from the Hilton to the Marriott (which was across the street from our hotel, the Sheraton) (there were probably thirty convention hotels in use for this) and got advice from the concierge about a good restaurant in walking distance. It was Mr. Ed's in the French quarter, and it was this little two story place that was really delicious. I had crawfish pie.

Saturday we went to eat breakfast at the Ruby Slipper, which was right behind our hotel, and was also delicious (everything was delicious) (I had eggs benedict with pulled pork), and then rode over to the convention center. We did the exhibit hall until noon, and I signed copies of The Cloud Roads at the Skyhorse booth for them to give away on Sunday. Then we met up with a friend from Cushing Memorial Library and Archives for lunch, which was in a tiny place in the French Quarter called Jimmy J's, which only had about ten tables total, and so we had to wait for it quite a while. Lunch took about three hours but the food was worth it and we got to hang out and talk. (fried shrimp and oysters) Then I went back to the exhibit hall briefly to pick up some cards from the Tor Forge booth for my Sunday programs, and then we just rested in the hotel room for a while.

And then on Twitter I found out that All Systems Red won the Locus Award for Best Novella!!! Congrats to all the other winners and nominees!!!!

(I went from zero awards to three awards very quickly this summer so it's been great and overwhelming.)

That night Katharine from took us to dinner at the Redfish Grill in the French Quarter and again it was delicious. (fried catfish and etouffee) (These places are all in wonderful old buildings, and I'll post some pictures on tumblr later.)

Then Sunday morning we got up early to take the shuttle to the Hilton for the YALSA coffee klatch. This was basically librarian speed-dating. There was a large group of authors and a big room with forty tables of 3-10 YA librarians each, and the authors go from table to table handing out cards and telling the librarians about their books, and you have about four minutes at each table. In the green room before it started I got to meet Angela Johnson!!! Then it started and it was kind of fun but also completely exhausting. It went a bit longer than they said and I did about 13 tables.

Then we had to do a quick walk through the Hilton, the attached mall and into the convention center for the YALSA Alex Award program. This was really a lot of fun. It was a panel with the winners who were at the conference (me, Seanan McGuire, and Daniel Wilson) and we each spoke for a little bit (I wrote a short speech and then messed it up because I was still so frazzled from the coffee klatch) and then we answered questions. The publishers had supplied copies of our books for everybody at the program and we signed them at the end and got to talk a bit. It was great.

Then we went back to the exhibit hall for a bit, then to the hotel for lunch, then to the French Quarter to sightsee for a few hours. We toured the Gallier House, walked through the Cathedral, and through some art galleries and stores. Then we went to the Court of Two Sisters for dinner (red snapper on crab risotto)

Then we went back to the hotel and collapsed, and then drove home Monday morning. (It's about 7-9 hour drive, depending on traffic.)

So in short, it was great.


And here's the tumblr posts with the photos:
marthawells: (Default)
On May 25-27, 2018, there's Comicpalooza in Houston, one of the most fun conventions ever. It has celebrity signings, a dealers room and artists alley, a maker faire, usually a big NASA exhibit, gaming, concerts, live entertainment, and a huge list of panel programs and workshops on all kinds of things.

My schedule is:


12:30 to 1:30 The Storytelling of Star Wars
Dominick D'Aunno, Martha Wells, Greg Leitich Smith, D.L. Young, K.J. Russell

2:00 to 3:00 Crafting the Perfect Sentence
C.D. Lewis, Seanan McGuire, Joe Lansdale, Martha Wells


2:30 to 3:30 Signing at the Murder by the Book booth in Dealers Room

4:30 to 5:30 Worldbuilding for Short Stories, Novelettes, Novellas
Martha Wells, Seanan McGuire, Dantzel Cherry, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam


noon to 1:00 Story Engineering
Martha Wells, Seanan McGuire, Joe Lansdale, D.L. Young


May. 14th, 2018 07:33 am
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
It was a really good signing on Saturday at Murder by the Book in Houston. The store said there was about 40 people, plus mail orders, and I had a lot of fun. I brought three boxes of cookies and all of them got eaten, which is always a plus. We got their early and had lunch with friends, and wandered around a bit, so it was a long but fun day.

(Usual note: If you read Artificial Condition, or any of my books actually, please consider reviewing it somewhere, like Amazon, GoodReads, etc. It really does help. And if you want to read it at your library, you can recommend they buy it in hardcover or ebook or audiobook. Most libraries have a recommendation form either in paper or on their website. And you may be able to get it through interlibrary loan, too.)

I'll be at the Nebula Awards Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, this weekend since All Systems Red is a finalist in the Best Novella Award.

The full list of finalists is here.

The mass autographing on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 is open to the public, so if you're in the area, come and check it out.

There will be a (free) mass autograph session for attending authors on the Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm. This signing is open to the public as well as to the Nebula Conference attendees.

SFWA will operate an onsite book store that will carry as many of the participating authors’ books as possible.

Sunday, May 20th, 1-3 PM
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, Grand Ballroom
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Then on May 25-27, 2018, there's Comicpalooza in Houston, one of the most fun conventions ever. It has celebrity signings, a dealers room and artists alley, a maker faire, usually a big NASA exhibit, gaming, concerts, live entertainment, and a huge list of panel programs and workshops on all kinds of things.

My schedule is:


12:30 to 1: 30 The Storytelling of Star Wars
Dominick D'Aunno, Martha Wells, Greg Leitich Smith, D.L. Young, K.J. Russell

2:00 to 3:00 Crafting the Perfect Sentence
C.D. Lewis, Seanan McGuire, Joe Lansdale, Martha Wells


2:30 to 3:30 Signing at the Murder by the Book booth in Dealers Room

4:30 to 5:30 Worldbuilding for Short Stories, Novelettes, Novellas
Martha Wells, Seanan McGuire, Dantzel Cherry, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam


noon to 1:00 Story Engineering
Martha Wells, Seanan McGuire, Joe Lansdale, D.L. Young
marthawells: (SGA Team)
Here's all the events I have scheduled so far this year:

* Signing for Artificial Condition at Murder by the Book May 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm in Houston, Texas. If you can't be there, you can preorder a signed copy (or any other of my books the store can order for you) and have the store ship it to you.

* Nebula Awards Conference May 18-20, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The mass signing on Sunday is free and open to the public.

* Comicpalooza in May 25-27, 2018 in Houston, Texas.


12:30 to 1:30 The Storytelling of Star Wars

2:00 to 3:00 Crafting the Perfect Sentence


2:30 to 3:30 Signing at the Murder by the Book booth in the Dealers' Room

4:30 to 5:30 Worldbuilding for Short Stories, Novelettes, Novellas


12:00 to 1:00 Story Engineering

* ALA Conference June 21-26, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

* ArmadilloCon August 3-5, 2018 in Austin, TX.
Major guests: Deji Bryce Olukotun, Holly Black, and Robert J. Sawyer

* WorldCon 76 August 16-20, 2018 in San Jose, California.

* I'll be the Special Writers Workshop Guest at FenCon September 22-23, 2018 in Irving, Texas.
marthawells: (Reading)
I feel like I'm swamped with work, but I think what I'm actually swamped with is anxiety. I'm working on a couple of different things, but this is what's coming up.

Upcoming cons:

* November 2-5, 2017 Toastmaster at World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

* November 11, 2017 Instructor at Writespace Houston's Writers Family Reunion in Houston, Texas.

*February 16-18, 2018 Panelist at ConDFW in Fort Worth, Texas.

Upcoming Publishing

* December 1, 2017 The audiobook of The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red narrated by Kevin R. Free

* May 8, 2018 The second Murderbot novella The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition

* August 7, 2018 The third Murderbot novella The Murderbot Diaries: Rogue Protocol

* 2018 The fourth Murderbot novella The Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy

And if you missed it, the last book in the Books of the Raksura series, The Harbors of the Sun is out in ebook, hardcover, and paperback.
If you've already read it, please consider posting a review on Amazon or GoodReads or wherever you like to review. It really does help and I appreciate it a lot.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)

Registration for World Fantasy 2017 in San Antonio ends Oct 21, banquet seats still available until Oct 27, and the final program schedule is now online:

Panels include:

Paging Doctor Tavener and Carnaki: Occult Detectives Old and Newly Reinvented

Beards and Intrigue: Queering the Historical Fantastic

Exceptional Characters in Horrible Times

Metaphors & Metadata: Libraries in Fantasy Literature

Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy

From Angry Fairy Queens to Flying Lizard People: An Interview with Toastmaster Martha Wells [Spotlight]

Exploration of Gender in Fantasy

Calamity Jane Defeats Conan—the Persistence of American Folklore in Fantasy Literature

Kitsune & Dragon: Thoughtful Approaches to Alternate Eastern Asias

Greg Manchess: Short Take on a Long Career in Illustration [GoH Spotlight]

Hild and Hilt: the Female Monk, the Lone Woman Protagonist

Hidden Secrets [GoH Spotlight] ( Tananarive Due will discuss the role of history, especially hidden history, in her work and in black horror in general, which is emerging as a sub-genre in the wake of Jordan Peele's Get Out. How horror serves as trauma narratives, or even healing narratives, to help artists and readers come to grips with the past.)

Borrowing from History: Intention and Appropriation

The Role of the City in Fantasy Settings

Religions of the African Diaspora: Beyond Zombies, Ancestors, and Giant Apes.

Urban Legends in the Age of Fake News (Engaging Our Theme IV)

Everybody Was There: Diversity in Fantasy Then and Now

Remembering Zenna Henderson: A Centennial Discussion and Appreciation

Women Authors That Men Don't Read --- Or Do They?

Reinventing the Fantastic Other

Pulp Era Influences: the Expiration Date

New Graphic Novels You Should be Reading
marthawells: (Stargate)
This weekend was ArmadilloCon 39 in Austin, which has been my favorite local convention for a long time. (It was actually the first one I went to, way back when I was in high school and I somehow talked my parents into taking me and a friend to it.)

Right before we left on Thursday afternoon, I got my copyedit for The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition. We got to Austin, checked in at the hotel and then drove to a friend's house and while everybody else went swimming, I worked on the copyedit. (This is the last check for grammar, punctuation, missing words, making sure all sentences make sense, etc, and where I do a last read-through to hopefully catch any last mistakes.) Then when our friend got home from work, we went out to eat at an Argentine restaurant that was incredibly delicious. We got back to the hotel late and I finished the copyedit and got it sent off.

Then Friday morning I had to get up early and get breakfast and got to the writers workshop at 8:30 - 9:00. It's an all day thing and it went well, and I got to meet Nisi Shawl in person instead of just in pixels! It finished around 4:30 and we met up with more friends and went to a Japanese place called Lucky Robot that was also delicious and where I ate too many steamed pork buns. (It was happy hour and they were cheap.) We came back to the hotel and I had to struggle to stay awake and I ended up going to bed around 9:00.

Saturday I had all my programming, a reading, a signing, and three panels between 11:00 and 6:00. So that was kind of a whirlwind. In between all that, I signed a bunch of books. And for the reading I did a section of Artificial Condition and everybody laughed in all the right places. That night we went out with more friends to a Tex-Mex place and I had two mojitos and went to bed by 10:00. (This is why I don't go to parties much at cons, because I'm mostly semi-conscious by 6:00 and then dinner finishes me off.)

Sunday I just had one panel, an intro for people going to World Fantasy in November. We'd had a big breakfast with friends that morning, but still went on to have a big lunch at Hoovers, soul food place. I had ham steak, very much like my mother used to make, and it was delicious. Then we drove home and basically didn't eat anything for dinner last night except toast and cereal.
marthawells: (Stargate)
Coming up on August 4-6 is ArmadilloCon in Austin:

Major guests are: Guest of Honor: Nisi Shawl, Toastmaster: Don Webb, Fan Guest: A.T. Campbell, III Artist Guest: Mark A. Nelson, Editor Guest: Trevor Quachri, Special Guest: Tamora Pierce

My schedule is:

Friday: teaching at writers workshop


Sa1100102 Reading
Sat 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Room 102
Martha Wells
(I'll probably read something from The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition)

Sa1200DR Signing
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Dealers' Room
J. Comer, J. Wells, M. Wells
(I'll have Raksura stickers with art by Pentapoda to give away.)

Sa1400BE Pantsing vs. Outlining
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Ballroom E
C. Clevenger*, B. Crider, N. Southard, J. Reasoner, J. Wells, M. Wells

Sa1500BE Novellas (non tele)
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom E
J. Reasoner, A. Simmons*, W. Spencer, H. Waldrop, C. Ward, M. Wells
Is the Novella just a stunted novel,a spring-board for an awful fix-up novel, or the perfect length for written SF?

Sa1700SPB Fan Guest Interview
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Southpark B
A.T. Campbell, M. Wells*, T. Wilson*


Su1100SPB Preview of World Fantasy 2017
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Southpark B
R. Babcock, J. Miles, M. Wells*
Co-chairs and Toastmaster of the upcoming World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio tell us what's coming
marthawells: (Miko)

Congrats to all the nominees!


Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
Roadsouls, Betsy James (Aqueduct)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (Redhook; Orbit UK)
Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

Long Fiction

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson ( Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle ( Publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
“Bloodybones,” Paul F. Olson (Whispered Echoes)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson ( Publishing)

Short Fiction

“Das Steingeschöpf,” G.V. Anderson (Strange Horizons 12/12/16)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“Little Widow,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare 9/16)
“The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” Rachael K. Jones (Clockwork Phoenix 5)


Clockwork Phoenix 5, Mike Allen, ed. (Mythic Delirium)
Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed. (PS Australia)
Children of Lovecraft, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)


Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, Tina Connolly (Fairwood)
A Natural History of Hell, Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer)
Vacui Magia, L.S. Johnson (Traversing Z Press)
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)


Greg Bridges
Julie Dillon
Paul Lewin
Jeffrey Alan Love
Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
C.C. Finlay, for editing F&SF
Michael Levy & Farah Mendelsohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Non-Professional

Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West
Malcom R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company

The awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, which this year is November 2-5 in San Antonio, TX.

Headliner guests are Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gordon Van Gelder TOASTMASTER: Martha Wells


Jul. 12th, 2017 09:28 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Raksura stickers and buttons

This is the first time I’ve been able to afford actual swag for a signing. These are stickers with art by Pentapoda, and I also have buttons. I’ll have them at the Murder by the Book (in Houston) signing with Rachel Caine on 7/15/2017 at 4:30 (if you can’t come, you can order our signed and personalized books to ship to you at ) and at ArmadilloCon and World Fantasy 2017
marthawells: (Reading)
Murderbot fact: All the shows Murderbot watches in the novellas are based on real shows. The Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon is the future version of How to Get Away With Murder.

I'm going to Comicpalooza in Houston this weekend, which is a giant fun comic con with a literary track.

My panel schedule will be:


1:00 to 2:00 Fan Roundtable: Fanfiction

4:00 to 5:00 Not Your Grandad's Epic Fantasy
K.J. Russell, Martha Wells, Tex Thompson, Barbara Ann Wright, Glenn Lazar Roberts


11:30 to 12:30 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
C. Stuart Hardwick, Martha Wells, Jake Kerr, Tony Burnett, John Moore

1:00 to 1:30 Booksigning (at the Barnes & Noble Booth in the Dealers Rom/Artists Alley)

4:00 to 5:00 Read and Critique
Martha Wells, Michael Ashleigh Finn


11:30 to 12:30 Writing in the Fantasy Genre
Tex Thompson, Lev Grossman, Jim Butcher, Martha Wells, Carrie Patel
marthawells: (Miko)
I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston on May 12-14

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:


1:00 to 2:00 Fan Roundtable: Fanfiction

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


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


11:30 to 12:30 Writing in the Fantasy Genre
marthawells: (Default)
My schedule for ConDFW this weekend:


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!

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.

Saturday, 3pm:
Carole Nelson Douglas, Martha Wells

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.

Saturday, 6pm:
Dusty Rainbolt, Martha Wells

It me!

Sep. 15th, 2016 07:55 am
marthawells: (Miko)
So yesterday this happened: I got invited to be the toastmaster at World Fantasy Convention 2017 in San Antonio next year.

I've been guest of honor at a couple of local cons, but never anything this big, so I'm happy but super freaked out.


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