marthawells: (SGA Team)
* Worldbuilding with Martha Wells:

* A read-along of The Cloud Roads on Over the Effing Rainbow:

* Roqoo Depot Interview with me at WorldCon:

* Panel recording from WorldCon: Changing the Medium: (featured authors Martha Wells and William C. Dietz as well as guests Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt and moderator Monica Valentinelli)

* Another panel recording from WorldCon: Queer Star Wars: (moderated by Matt Jacobson and features Martha Wells (the author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge), Vivian Trask, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Mary A. Turzillo)

* Another interview at SciFiFantasyNetwork:
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
I wanted to thank everybody who participated in my AMA, there were a ton of good questions. (you can still read it here: )

I also wanted to thank everybody who has already left reviews on The Edge of Worlds. You guys are awesome and I appreciate it so much.

I have the signing tomorrow at Murder by the Book with J. Kathleen Cheney. (It's not too late to order a book to get signed.)

Oh, and Razor's Edge made this list
marthawells: (Default)
* I'm doing an Authors Roundtable at SFF World with Seanan McGuire and Kevin J. Anderson: It'll go from today October 18th through October 21, so come on over and ask us questions.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)

* Six of the Weirdest Fantasy Worlds Ever Created The Cloud Roads is on this list.

* For Books' Sake: For Books' Sake Talks to Martha Wells

* Cushing Library Releases Digitized Media Fanzine Collection
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer free, limited online public access to select titles in the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. Since the collection was first initiated in 2013, access to its materials was previously restricted to only those with a Texas A&M-approved ID until additional permissions could be obtained from the fanzine creators who contributed to the collection.

New Books

* Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due
Tananarive Due, a winner of the American Book Award and an Essence and Los Angeles Times bestselling author, brings you her debut short fiction collection! The title novella, Ghost Summer, won a Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society (originally published in The Ancestors). This collection includes Patient Zero, The Lake, The Knowing, Herd Immunity, and many other stories.

* Temporally Out of Order edited by Joshua Palmatier
In this collection, seventeen leading science fiction authors share their take on what happens when gadgets run temporally amok. From past to future, humor to horror, there's something for everyone. Join Seanan McGuire, Elektra Hammond, David B. Coe, Chuck Rothman, Faith Hunter, Edmund R. Schubert, Steve Ruskin, Sofie Bird, Laura Resnick, Amy Griswold, Laura Anne Gilman, Susan Jett, Gini Koch, Christopher Barili, Stephen Leigh, Juliet E. McKenna, and Jeremy Sim as they investigate how ordinary objects behaving temporally out of order can change our everyday lives.

Raksura Questions

[personal profile] nthngtoseehere asked:

1. Raksuran naming habits: generally Raksura like to give their clutches names that share a theme, but Jade and Moon gave their clutch generally unrelated names. Is it a 'rule' that doesn't apply to royal clutches? How did Jade come up with the names she chose?

It's not really a rule, it's more of a just a thing that's done sometimes. All the names Jade chose were from past queens and consorts of the court, except for Fern, who was the female Arbora baby that Sorrow saved along with Moon, and who he thought was his sister.

2. Are Pearl and Ember expected to have a clutch? There's been no mention of it, so I was wondering if they're waiting until he's a bit older, or if she's SO DONE with kids and doesn't want more, or they just haven't gotten around to it...?

They probably will, once Ember's a bit older. For one thing, they'll want to bring Ember's Emerald Twilight bloodline into the court.

3. Presuming at least one of Jade & Moon's boys is a consort, has Frost decided which one she wants yet? (I just imagined her hearing that there were two males in the clutch and going "FINALLY. I'VE BEEN WAITING FOREVER." And being very impatient while waiting to find out if one or both would be consorts because, like, really, why must they keep her in suspense?? Rude.)

That will probably be a whole story in itself! Though right now I think Frost is still at the age where she's not going to be too interested in them until they're old enough to play.

4. Flower mentioned, regarding the way past mentors caused the mountain tree to grow in certain ways, that their court had lost so much knowledge. Do Raskura do any kind away type of thing? Would Heart or Merit go to Emerald Twilight, for example, to learn from their mentors how to manipulate the mountain tree? Or would another mentor come to them? Or is that just done via book exchange?

I think for that to happen the courts would have to very close allies. That might be something I'd address in a future story.
marthawells: (Miko)
I had bad headache/allergies for the past couple of days, so I've been moving pretty slow. Maybe someday I'll actually have time/feel well enough to read some books. It feels like it's been ages since I've been able to but I think it's only about a week or so. All my coherent thought time is going to writing. I have a bunch of articles I want to link to also, but I'll do that tomorrow, hopefully.


This actually came out on November 4, but I missed it: I was on the radio show/podcast Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib talking about Razor's Edge.

I've also done interviews on a couple of other podcasts, the Temple Archives and Coffee with Kenobi, and I'll post links when those are up.

(And if you read Razor's Edge book and have time/chance/inclination, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or B&N or Powells or wherever you bought it, if you bought it online. The reviews really do have an impact on their system, especially Amazon's. (And I don't know if that will encourage the publisher to do more Leia books, or books by women authors, but it sure won't hurt.))

Book rec

Another one I've been looking forward to: Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest
This is the latest book in the Clockwork Century series:
Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a brilliant inventor, but the job is less glamorous than one might think, especially since the assassination attempts started. Worse yet, they're trying to destroy his greatest achievement: a calculating engine called Fiddlehead, which provides undeniable proof of something awful enough to destroy the world. Both man and machine are at risk from forces conspiring to keep the Civil War going and the money flowing.
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* I'm interviewed on FanGirlBlog: Linda Interviews Martha Wells

* There's a GoodReads giveaway for the audiobook of The Wizard Hunters, which came out on Oct 21. (The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods will both be out in November.) Five copies will be given away and it'll run until November 7.

* I will be at OctopodiCon in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend, November 1-3. I'm on a few panels and I have a reading/signing at 9:00 am on Saturday.


* Kids Need to Read - the Nathan Fillion Donation Page

* Study finds TV shows with ethnically diverse casts, writers have higher ratings
This really doesn't surprise me. The trend where shows cast clones of the same two or three white people over and over again is getting really, really boring, and it makes all the shows look alike, no matter what they're about.

* From the Attic: An Introduction
There are several overpowering myths about women in SFF, the oldest being that women don’t really write SF. Joanna Russ wrote scathingly about these myths in How To Suppress Women’s Writing and has almost come to represent one of her own examples. She’s rightly acclaimed for her feminist SF but it is as though she was an anomaly as from the same era Vonda McIntyre, for instance, is rarely mentioned.

As Sarah Lefanu asserts, SFF seems well suited to women authors, and indeed many have been instrumental in most of the genre’s movements, subgenres and trends, usually without due credit.


Oct. 10th, 2013 07:41 am
marthawells: (Miko)
Let me see if this will work:

I got sent a Barnes and Noble coupon in email with the instructions to share it with as many people as possible, so I am sharing it here. It's 20% off any one item (Nooks and Nook Books excluded), either print the coupon out for a store or online use the coupon code FRIENDFAM, before October 14.

The coupon is here:

I would appreciate it if you used it on one of my books! But if you don't want to no pressure, just get yourself something nice.
(My books are here on B&N on this list. Coupon doesn't work for NookBooks (my older ones are pretty cheap anyway), and it didn't say about audiobooks, so I don't know.)


I also have an interview on about Razor's Edge and Emilie and the Hollow World.
marthawells: (Default)
I have a short story up at Podcastle, "Thorns" read by C.S.E. Cooney. It was originally in Realms of Fantasy in 1995, and was the first short story I ever had published:

* There was an interview with me about Razor's Edge at Geek Mom

* And Entertainment Weekly posted a book trailer for Razor's Edge: Shelf Life - (yes, I didn't know that was going to happen and it's pretty freaking exciting.)

* And there was another excerpt on IO9

* And I'm in this SF Signal Mind Meld: What Authors Influenced Today’s YA Writers When They Were Young?

We tried to watch Agents of SHIELD last night but the DVR kept re-booting during it, and we also had trouble trying to watch our recording of Sleepy Hollow. I am terrified the same thing will happen in the middle of Broadchurch tonight. I also made a pseudo-Moroccan chicken stew and it was delicious. And we had a chocolate cake.

New Books

* Soul of Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
This is the second in the duology with Heart of Briar: Three months ago Jan learned that elves were real, our world wasn't safe and it was up to her to save her boyfriend—and the world—from being englamoured into slavery. Now Jan has a new deadline—ten weeks, ten days and ten hours. That's when the truce she arranged between our world and the elves' realm ends, and the invasion starts.

* Untold (Book 2 of the Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan
In this second book in the Lynburn Legacy, the sorcerous roots of Sorry-in-the-Vale have been exposed. No one in the town is safe, and a decision must be made: pay the sorcerers' blood sacrifice, or fight. Will the townspeople (magical and not) become "owned" by the sorcerers who believe it is their right to rule? If Kami Glass has anything to say about it, evil will not win. Despite having given up her own piece of magic, she is determined to do everything she can to make a difference. And whether they want to or not, her circle of friends (and potential boyfriends) will not be able to help but go along with her unusual tactics.

* Stonecast by Anton Strout
Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I was on yesterday, which was kind of surreal. Here's a quote from the interview they did:
"I think the key is not just seeing Leia as a stereotypical strong woman character, but as someone who is young but is a leader, who has taken on huge responsibilities, but also as someone who has an epic temper and can be sarcastic, and can make mistakes," Wells says. "She's not a perfect princess, she's a person with flaws and vulnerabilities who manages to do what she needs to do anyway, and I think those things were conveyed in Carrie Fisher's performance." and there's an excerpt from the book.

And I was also interviewed here on: Geeks with Curves

and This Blog is Full of Words

Razor's Edge Fan Art:

FanGirlBlog is posting gorgeous fan art by Magali Villeneuve of Razor's Edge every day, and my favorite is this one of Sian Tesar: I told someone the other day that it's kind of rare that you make up a character and say she's beautiful, and then someone draws her and she's just so beautiful you just want to sit there and look at her.

Raksura Fan Art

IvieMoon posted some very cool Books of the Raksura fan art: Moon and Jade

There's more fan art linked here on the Raskura Compendium section of my web site, plus links to stories set in the same world, etc.

(And if you want the books in ebook, or want to get them for someone as a gift, there's a cheaper ebook bundle of all three on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Or you can get them individual at a discount DRM-free from Baen Webscription Site.

Free Stories Thief of War by Beth Bernobich Stand at Dubun-Geb by Ryan Harvey


* Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About: Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman
Because mine is an evil and a petty mind, suitable more to wallowing in the sordid sexual goings-on of literary giants than in reading their work, I take every opportunity I can to inform people who may not have known that Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde almost certainly had sex in 1882.

* This is an older link but I hadn't seen it before: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die
With a star corpse, and suspects ranging from Helen Mirren to Forest Whitaker, Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts create a film noir masterpiece to die for.

* A Reminder That Reality TV is Staged a post from one of the cosplayers who got depicted as a "villain" on Heroes of Cosplay.
marthawells: (Jack and Teal'c)
I'll be drawing the contest winners this afternoon,

* Interview with me on This Blog is Full of Words: Princess Leia, Fan Fiction, and Martha Wells

* Diversity in YA: Diversity in ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults
The BFYA lists are typically fairly long, including approximately 100 titles, which suggests that there's room for plenty of diversity. The question is: How much diversity is included in the BFYA lists? That is what I set out to discover.

Book recs:

* Compound Murder by Bill Crider - new book in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series

* The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord - set in the same universe as The Best of All Possible Worlds

* Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
First released fifteen years ago, it's finally back in print:

“If you can imagine Little House on the Prairie with werewolves, vampires, and magic, you’ve got an idea what this dark fantasy novel is like….the strong characters, the matter-of-fact tone, and the strong sense of place make this something special.” — Locus Magazine
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
I'm having one of those depression/anxiety days, so it's hard to be enthusiastic and optimistic about anything. And I have an appointment for an eye exam today, so we'll see if I need new glasses. I have a feeling I do.

* Photo of me I really like, from a local magazine article.

* The Element of Fire audiobook is now available for preorder and will be released on September 16.

* Also, the Star Wars book Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge is coming out September 24. (50 page preview here, under "look inside")

I'm kind of nervous about it, for a number of different reasons.

And I've said this before but it bears repeating: If you like a book and want to help the author, recommend it to people, in person or online. Leave reviews on Amazon, B&N, etc, add the book to your lists on GoodReads, LibraryThing etc. Reviews on Amazon really help, because it takes at least 20 to get the book into Amazon's automatic recommendation systems.

(You see vanity presses tricking people into paying $20,000 or some other huge amount to do a TV commercial for their self-published book; that's money thrown away. The only advertising for books that does any good is word of mouth from readers.)

Also, if you want to read The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea or The Siren Depths or Emilie and the Hollow World at your library, and they don't have the books, you can usually request them. Most libraries have a form (written or online) where you can request that they order a book for their collection. If they can't order it, or can't order it right away, they may also be able to get it for you through interlibrary loan.


Sep. 12th, 2013 10:07 am
marthawells: (Miko)
* I'm on the new episode of Speculate SF talking about stuff. This was recorded at WorldCon, and originally we were in the hotel restaurant. It was nearly empty so it should have been a good place to record, but the music was so loud the test sounded like we were at a dance club. Which while it would have been kind of cool for people to imagine the three of us dancing while having this conversation, I think this version will be easier to hear.


Sep. 9th, 2013 07:43 am
marthawells: (Teyla)
We got some rain over the weekend but not as much as the rest of the town. We lost a young oak tree to drought while we were away at WorldCon and I'm really hoping we don't lose any more. The house really needs the shade.

I finished the rough draft of a short story, the one for A Knight in the Silk Purse anthology, the sequel to the Tales of the Emerald Serpent anthology and I'm going to revise it today, because I thought of a some cooler things to do with it. This is another Kryranen and Jelith story.

There's some new people here, so if you're interested, you can check out my bibliography here on my web site. There are some free short stories and novel excerpts on the site, too.

* If you missed it, I did a post on Saturday with a link to a review and a short interview about the Raksura books on the Bajan Rosa Book Blog, plus a couple of book recs.

* There's another interview with me about Razor's Edge, the Star Wars book on Fiction State of Mind.

* Kate Elliott's The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal is out, with illustrations by awesome Hugo-nominated artist Julie Dillon

News of Me

May. 14th, 2013 10:52 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
* The Kirkus Reviews guide to BEA is free online, and has the starred review for my book Emilie and the Hollow World in it.

* My Star Wars novel Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge has been moved up again and will now be out on October 1.

* Next few appearances:

June 21-23, 2013. ApolloCon, in Houston, Texas.

July 26, 2013. I'll will be signing Emilie and the Hollow World at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas, with Joy Preble (The Sweet Dead Life), Mary Lindsey (Ashes on the Waves), and P.J. Hoover (Solstice).

August 29-September 2, 2013. LoneStarCon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas.

* ETA: there's a short interview here with me by Liz Bourke on

* and I am on this video! Somewhere toward the middle. This is the thank-you from Worldbuilders Fundraiser for Heifer International to all the donors and participants this year:

marthawells: (Teyla)
The Other Half of the Sky SF/F anthology is officially out today, which means the ebooks as well as trade paperbacks are now available. I have a Raksura story in it, starring Jade.

You can see reviews, contributors, samples etc here.

Challenging the predominance of male protagonists in sf, each of the 16 stories in this collection features strong, independent female characters and attempts a reconstruction of the genre itself. Freed from many of the male-oriented clichés, the selections present vividly depicted male and female, human and alien characters as fully fleshed individuals coping with a wide variety of issues. Contributors include Alexander Jablokov, Joan Slonczewski, Vandana Singh, Martha Wells, and Jack McDevitt. VERDICT: Fearless writing and a broad selection of topics makes this a good choice for fans of woman-centered sf and excellent storytelling. Library Journal

You can get both the ebook and the trade paperback from the publisher here, and from Barnes and Noble, and the ebook is also at Kobo. The trade paperback is at Amazon and they should have the Kindle version up at some point.


* There's an interview with me here, by Evan Ramspott.

Fic rec:

* Black Gate: The Cremator's Tale by Steven H. Silver
marthawells: (Reading)
Awake, sort of. Not really.

I am all over the place today:

* Angels of Retribution: Names and Naming A post by me on how I name characters, and a bit about names in the Raksura books.

* Eating Authors: Martha Wells This is a post about one of my favorite restaurants.


More Links:

* Kickstarter for a new Judith Tarr novel: Forgotten Suns A real old-fashioned space opera. Rip-roaring adventure. Abandoned planet; ancient mystery. Space pirates. Sentient starships.

* New SF by Linda Nagata: The Red: First Light Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive—because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him—but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear.

* What Makes a Fantasy Epic? by John R. Fultz
Epic Fantasy has even become its own genre, even though fans (and writers) often disagree just what constitutes an "epic fantasy."

* Black Gate: Caitlin R. Kiernan and Kiini Ibura Salaam, Joint Recipients of the 2012 Tiptree Award by Emily Mah
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender."

* Lady Business: Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs (2012) This project is about the visibility of women in science fiction and fantasy reviews and whether the gender of the reviewer impacts that visibility.

* Alex Bledsoe: Help Needed: Reward Offered I'm putting together the release trailer for Wisp of a Thing, completely different from the pre-release trailer you can see here. It’ll have all-new music, and all-new video. And it's basically done. Except for one thing.
marthawells: (Default)
I messed my knees up again yesterday, even though I didn't have an aerobics class. I think when I was in the dentist's chair for my appointment that morning, I locked them and that caused some minor inflammation. (I have dentist issues going back to having a really bad dentist and a really bad orthodontist as a kid. Having good dentists as an adult has helped but not completely.) I also found out I need to come back next week to have a filling replaced, because one fell out and since I don't remember spitting out a filling recently, I apparently swallowed it. And my insurance won't cover the replacement filling.

Then I tried to go to the Ben & Jerry's store, and it had closed down. It was the day of minor but compelling annoyances.

Some good things:

* The total for Jim Hines' Rape Crisis Centers Fundraiser is now over $1783, which means books by Alyx Dellamonica, Patrice Sarath, Anton Strout, Stina Leicht, S.L. Farrell, Elizabeth Bear, and me (a signed set of The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea) get added to the drawing for prizes.

* The Book Smugglers did a very nice review of Wheel of the Infinite.

When this book came out in 2000, I found out later that the cover artist Donato Giancola had to argue with the publisher to get the cover printed with the protagonist’s real skin color, the way I had described her and he had drawn her. They wanted to show her skin color as gray rather than brown, and some covers were printed that way. I didn’t find out about this until much later, since the authors’ copies I received all had the correct skin tone. (I thought the gray Maskelles I saw occasionally were printing errors.) (The icon for this post on Live Journal is Donato's original version of Maskelle.)

When the book came out in paperback, the publisher reversed the cover image, so the white-skinned secondary male character Rian was on the front and Maskelle was on the back.

The first chapter, reviews, and buy links for the new ebook edition are on my web site here.

* There's an interview with me by Keith West at Adventures Fantastic

* If you missed it earlier this week when the link was down,
I was also interviewed on the /slashreport podcast this past Sunday at slashreport episode 206 Martha Wells.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
I'm beginning to worry about my laptop overheating. It's about a year past the warranty, which is about when they usually conk out on me. I'm hoping to be able to afford one this month, which means backburnering my attempt to get new glasses.

There's a lot of good new books coming out, so I'm going to try to do a book rec post tomorrow.


I have a post on Fantasy Cafe's Women in SF/F Month: Women in SF&F Month: Martha Wells It's about the Raksura, their culture and the gender role reversal.

I was also interviewed on the /slashreport podcast this Sunday, but that link isn't coming up right now. For future reference, it's slashreport episode 206 Martha Wells ETA: Now it's working!


I'm involved in a kickstarter which only has around 9 days left to go: Tales of the Emerald Serpent Shared World Anthology. You can buy in at $5.00 for an ebook copy of the anthology, but some of the more expensive buy-ins have cool rewards. Like for $140.00 you get all the previous rewards listed, plus Juliet McKenna will make you a cross-stitch smart phone cover with an image from the anthology's art.

I posted a teaser snippet of my story here.


Past couple of interviews:

Interview at the Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review Blog: Martha Wells, author of The Serpent Sea March 6, 2012

Interview by Chuck Wendig at the Terrible Minds Blog: Martha Wells: the Terrible Minds Interview February 9, 2012
marthawells: (Reading)
Yesterday started out well, then a weather front came in and the day went down in massive sinus headache flames. I'm hoping to get more done today, though. And hopefully we'll get some rain.

If you missed it, I posted the Three Worlds Compendium yesterday, which includes a missing scene from The Cloud Roads.

Also, I got interviewed on the Mad Hatter's Bookshelf and Book Review!


More links:

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years

Writer Beware: Why You Can't Always Trust the Source But the worst market listings--which may have been compiled by people who aren't very expert (like this one), or may be the corpses of once-active resources that haven't been updated in years (here's an example), or may be databases where every Tom, Dick, and Harriet can create an entry, no matter their qualifications or ethics (WritersNet is a case in point)--may be full of questionable agents. And even the best may allow some undesirables to slip through.

One Minute Book Reviews: ‘The Average American Author Earns About $9,000 a Year’ / Quote of the Day
That's certainly accurate as to what I've been earning every year for quite a while (except for last year, when it was under $5000).

Ladybusiness: Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs
So no, I wasn't wrong last year to go, "hey, wait a minute..." and feel like things were unequal. If you're following popular SF/F blogs run by men I believe this is a problem you will continuously run into, except by those focused on their review diversity. Reviews of books by women don't feature as often on blogs run by men or shared by men, but on blogs run by women, it's more equal and sometimes even women as majority because culturally women are trained to read "traditionally" male things, while the reverse is not true.


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