marthawells: (Stargate)
Forgot to post this here yesterday:

Star Wars and me, when I was a lonely 13 year old:

I was an isolated kid in a lot of ways, and didn’t know anybody else who really liked SF as much as I did. And I’d been told over and over again that liking SF/F, or liking anything involving books and media so intensely, was weird and strange and probably bad, or if not bad, something that made me a figure of ridicule. It was especially bad for a girl to like those things, but I was sure to get over it when I grew up and stopping being silly. I knew I wasn’t the only one, I knew there were other people like me out there; all these books and comics had been written by people, for people. But before Star Wars, it was hard to believe those people really existed.

Then I read this movie novelization, and read it again, and made the two whole friends I had read it, and we read it aloud to each other, and acted it out. And finally, a month or so after the movie came out, I got to see it. It was a shock at first, so different from how I’d imagined it from the book. But it wrote itself into my DNA and it’s still there, so many years later.

Book Day

Oct. 28th, 2014 11:21 am
marthawells: (Zoe)
* Star Wars: Razor's Edge is out in paperback, and the ebook price has been dropped.

* There is a short interview with me on SF Signal: INTERVIEW: Martha Wells on the Raksura and the Three Worlds


The We Need Diverse Books Indegogo:
Reading is the ultimate form of empathy. Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities--people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities--the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Books are more than mirrors-- they’re windows as well. The more kids read, the more they understand not just themselves, but the Story of Us All.


Other people's books:

* Drawn Blades by Kelly McCullough
"Aral the jack, formerly the noble Aral Kingslayer, is the best kind of hero: damaged, cynical, and despondent, yet needing only the right cause to rise from his own ashes."—Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

* A Death at the Dionysus Club by Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold
In the sequel to Lambda Literary Award-winning Death by Silver, metaphysician Ned Mathey and private detective Julian Lynes again challenge magical and murderous threats in a Victorian London not quite the city in our history books.

* New Rivers of London short story: The Home Crowd Advantage by Ben Aaronovitch
marthawells: (Miko)
First, a Raksura question I forgot to answer earlier:

[personal profile] beccastareyes asked What do newborn Raksura look like? Especially since they're shifters.

We know that when queens clutch, you can't tell which of their offspring will be fertile queens/consorts and which will be warriors, enough that warriors from Aeriat clutches have a reputation for being stuck up compared to the Arbora-born warriors who always knew what role they would play as adults.

Actually, that's two different things: 1) warriors born from queens' clutches rather than Arbora clutches get stuck-up because of a belief that it means their bloodline is superior, more closely related to the royal Aeriat. 2) The other is that when it's a queen's clutch and all the babies are female, it's impossible to tell at first if they're all queens or all warriors or a mix of both, because queens don't develop the web overlay of color until they're past the toddler phase, and there's a belief that this can cause psychological problems in the female warriors. (We don't know whether the second one is true or not, and it may be a Raksura urban legend.)

I'm going to leave the rest of your speculation here, because it's interesting:

But Aeriat in their winged form have different coloration depending on if they are queens, consorts or warriors. Consorts and (male) warriors look the same in their groundling form, but queens don't have groundling forms.

The only thing I can come up with is that newborn Raksura have a 'baby' coloration in their Aeriat forms (or a 'baby' form that they lose once they can shift*) that obscures the difference between a blue/green/brown warrior and a black consort, or the bicolor markings of a queen.

So what are Raksura infants like? Besides probably adorable.

(Of course, the problem is that Moon probably won't see a royal clutch until Jade has one, since I gather it's not the sort of thing shown to visitors, even of allied courts. And Indigo Cloud might forget that Moon wouldn't know this because the longer Moon says with other Raksura, the less obvious his knowledge gaps get, and I'm sure all consorts and queens are a bit jittery about their first clutch and making sure all their children are healthy.)

* This one I'm questioning because it might have come up when Chime changed, if only as a comparison to (re)learning to shift and work in two forms.

In the next set of novellas, in the one called "The Dark Earth Below," Jade actually has her first clutch, and scene goes into a bit more detail than the one in "The Tale of Indigo and Cloud."


I have a book coming out tomorrow! The paperback edition of Star Wars: Razor's Edge.

Online, it's available at Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Amazon UK, Waterstones, Amazon DE, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Spain or look for it in an independent bookstore in the US through Indiebound.

It's also still out there in hardcover: Barnes and Noble, Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Book Depository, Book Depository UK, Waterstones, Books A Million, Chapters Indigo,, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Spain or look for it in an independent bookstore in the US through Indiebound.

ebook: Kindle US, NookBook, Kobo, iTunes, Kindle UK, Kindle Germany, Kindle Canada, Kindle Australia.

and audiobook: Barnes and Noble,, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada
marthawells: (Default)

The Star Wars novel has a title and cover. It'll be out on October 15.
marthawells: (Teyla)
I wanted to go ahead and post about this before I forget: my currently untitled Leia Star Wars novel has been set to come out on October 29, 2013. (It was on November 5, and has just been moved up, so this date may change too.)

You can already preorder it, title-less, cover-less, description-less, on Amazon and sort of at Barnes and Noble.
marthawells: (Miko)
Yesterday I finished a complete draft of the Star Wars Leia novel. Yay! I haven't turned it in yet, because I want to spend the next few days reading over parts of it and poking at it and polishing a bit more before I send it in on Friday.

Questions I expect people will have and my mostly inadequate answers:

What is the title?

I don't know yet. Usually either I think of a title mid-way through writing a book and it is the perfect title and all titles fall before it, or I can't think of anything and finish the book and wonder what the hell I'm going to call it. This was the second one. I gave the editor several suggestions and so we're waiting for somebody to come up with something else or decide one of those is wonderful and convince everyone else of it.

When will it be out?

I don't know yet. Maybe at the end of the year? I'll post it here as soon as I know.

What is it about?

Okay, I do know that one, but I'm not sure how much I should say yet. I'm also crap at describing my books so I may wait until someone who is good at it writes the little blurb-description paragraph. It does have the other characters in it, but is about 75-80% Leia's POV. It takes place about two years or so after A New Hope.


Other than that, I'm tired and stressed out and kind of depressed. I would like to take a short vacation, but the only place we can afford to go is Galveston (it's only about a 2 and half hour drive away) and it's a little too cold to enjoy at this time of year, at least for me. I don't have time for much of a break, because I need to get started on the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World which is due this summer. I think I will take a couple days off next week to catch up on doctor appointments I'm supposed to have, take the cat that's due for shots to the vet, get my hair cut, dig the yard out from under the piles of leaves and broken branches, etc.


Posts I did recently:

* Twentieth Year Anniversary and Links
It's been 20 years since my first novel, The Element of Fire, was published.

* Don't Let Then Take Your Reynards This is a re-post from 2011, where I tell the story of how the copyeditor tried to take a gay character out of The Death of the Necromancer.

* I've been trying to mirror posts on my Tumblr here, plus post photos and re-blog cool stuff, etc.


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