NPR Review

Jan. 29th, 2019 06:18 am
marthawells: (Reading)
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red got reviewed on the NPR site:

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/27/688354123/sulky-cynical-murderbot-is-one-of-sci-fis-most-human-characters

It's the wonder of the character — that something so alien can be so human. That everyone who has ever had to hide in a crowded room, avert their eyes from power, cocoon themselves in media for comfort or lie to survive can relate. It's powerful to see that on the page. It's moving to ride around in the head of something that is so strong and so vulnerable, so murder-y and so frightened, all at the same time.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
* On January 22, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red will be re-released in hardcover to match the other three novellas.

* Night Shade Books is going to reissue the first three Books of the Raksura in mass market paperback. The Cloud Roads will be out this Fall, and The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths will be out in 2020.
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.
marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)
Time to get back to work, though actually I got more done while I was supposed to be resting than I have in a while. Yesterday I finished a short story I've been struggling with for a while, so that was a huge relief.

I need to get moving on the book again and get some more done for the Patreon.

New Doctor Who tonight!

Oh, and tor.com reprinted this essay, which I'm not sure I ever linked here:

https://www.tor.com/2019/01/01/life-lessons-from-a-murderbot/
Life Lessons From a Murderbot by Anya Johanna DeNiro

I was tearing up at the end of All Systems Red, and I wasn’t sure why. Yes, it was sad that Murderbot was leaving its friends and colleagues, and a promised life of safety, behind. But there was something more, something to do with the entire arc of Murderbot’s journey from a SecUnit—seen more or less as a lethal appliance—to a trusted and capable member of a team of humans.

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: (Reading)
Here's the online version of "Compulsory: A Murderbot Story" in Wired Magazine. https://www.wired.com/story/future-of-work-compulsory-martha-wells/
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
It's starting to ship now, so I can finally announce: I have a short (very short) story in the January issue of Wired Magazine! It's part of an SF feature and the other writers are Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, Nisi Shawl, Laurie Penny, Charles Yu, and Adam Rodgers. It's sort of a short Murderbot Diaries prequel.

I'm pretty stoked about it. :)
marthawells: (SGA laughing)
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red's Best Novella Hugo award is dressed up for the holidays: https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/180952200352/the-murderbot-diaries-all-systems-reds-best
marthawells: (Stargate)
Exit Strategy Cover

Tomorrow, October 2, 2018, is the release date for The Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy. This is the conclusion of the four novella series.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 6:30pm.
Martha Wells and Mary Robinette Kowal will be signing together at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas. If you can't be there, you can preorder signed copies of the books and have the store ship them to you. https://www.murderbooks.com/event/mary-robinette-kowal

Wednesday October 3, 2018, at 7:00pm.
Martha Wells will be interviewing Tillie Walden at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, Texas. You can get signed copies of Martha's books and Tillie's epic SF graphic novel On A Sunbeam. https://www.brazosbookstore.com/event/tillie-walden-sunbeam

Friday October 26, 2018, at 5:00 - 8:00pm.
Martha Wells will be signing at Dragon's Lair in Austin, TX. http://dlair.net/austin/

October 27-28, 2018.
Martha will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas.
https://www.texasbookfestival.org/2018-festival-authors/

Robots

Sep. 29th, 2018 12:51 pm
marthawells: (Default)
Martha reading to robots

This is me, reading to the search and rescue robots at the TEES (Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station) Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR).

Here’s an article about Dr. Robin Murphy, who runs the center:

https://today.tamu.edu/2013/07/09/rescue-robotics/

Robin Murphy is a pioneer, an international leader and one of the few women in a field that men tend to dominate.

It is an all too familiar sight after tragedies such as earthquakes, hurricanes or mudslides: people furiously digging through the rubble in the hopes of locating survivors.

A similar scene drove Robin Murphy into rescue robotics. Murphy is a professor in Texas A&M’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the TEES Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR).

It was 1995, and having watched news reports on both the Oklahoma City bombing and the Kobe City earthquake, Murphy — who had conducted her Ph.D. research in robotics — decided it was time to focus her work on rescue robotics.

“Rescue robotics was strictly an emotional response,” says Murphy, the Raytheon Professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. “Artificial intelligence for robotics had been focusing on small robots with the thought of sending dozens of them up to Mars.”

It then became so clear to her that those same robots could be exploring under the rubble of a disaster and helping find victims.

“At some point I thought, I could be one of 200 people doing planetary robots, I could be one of 200 people doing health care, but somebody needs to step up and do this idea of rescue robotics.”

And that is exactly what Murphy did. Seeing an opportunity to make a difference, she seized it and immersed herself in rescue robotics, a field where she has become an international leader and one of the few women involved.
marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)
Me and Mary Robinette Kowal will be signing at Murder by the Book in Houston on Oct 2 at 6:30.

https://www.murderbooks.com/event/mary-robinette-kowal

If you can’t be there, you can order our books from the store and get then signed and shipped to you.

If you miss that, I’ll be at Brazos Bookstore on Oct 3 at 7:00 to interview Tillie Walden about her fantastic new graphic novel On A Sunbeam.

https://www.brazosbookstore.com/event/tillie-walden-sunbeam
marthawells: (Teyla)



Here’s an excerpt from The Murderbot Diaries: Exit Strategy which will be out in ebook, hardcover, and audiobook on October 2.

Obviously: SPOILER WARNING if you haven’t read The Murderbot Diaries: Rogue Protocol

Excerpt



WHEN I GOT BACK to HaveRatton Station, a bunch of humans tried to kill me. Considering how much I’d been thinking about killing a bunch of humans, it was only fair.

Ship was on approach and I was waiting impatiently to pick up HaveRatton’s feed. Since Ship was a minimum capacity bot pilot and had all the brains and personality of a heat shield generator, I was also monitoring all its inputs and caught the navigation alert when it came in. (I knew Ship wouldn’t betray me intentionally, but the chance of it doing so unintentionally was resting at a solid 84 percent.)

The alert was from HaveRatton’s Port Authority, and ordered Ship to divert away from its usual slot in the private commercial docks to another section at the end of the public passenger embarkation zone.

I still had the schematic of HaveRatton from when I had boarded Ship here on the way to Milu. I could see that section of the embarkation zone was right next to the PA’s docks, where the deployment point for the station’s security response team was.

Oh, that’s not suspicious at all.

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marthawells: (Stargate)
Here's some answers to a few of frequently asked questions about the Murderbot Diaries series:


1) Length:

The series is a novella series. It's put out by Tor.com (https://publishing.tor.com/), an SF/F imprint under Tor Books, that specializes in novellas (https://www.tor.com/submissions-guidelines/#Novella-Submissions-Guidelines) which are works between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

The word counts are:

All Systems Red: 31468
Artificial Condition: 32422
Rogue Protocol: 35204
Exit Strategy: 35811

There was some question about whether the series would be eligible for the Best Series Hugo category next year. Which no, it won't be, as the word count total of 134,905 is too low. (I think the minimum for Best Series is 240,000 something.)

(If you don't speak word count, by comparison The Cloud Roads was 127,731 and The Harbors of the Sun was 146,162.)


2) Are all bot/human constructs with intact governor modules as conscious of their situation as Murderbot? Sadly, yes. Ratthi isn't exaggerating when he says "The practice is disgusting, it's horrible, it's slavery." This is what happens when corporations get to do whatever they want.


3) The Company that made and owns Murderbot is an insurance company. It's a heavily armed insurance company, but it basically sells insurance.


I was going to do more, but the city is suddenly outside digging up my street! Uh oh.
marthawells: (Stargate)


It's publication day for The Murderbot Diaries: Rogue Protocol!

It's available in ebook, hardcover, and audiobook.

Cover art by Jaime Jones, cover design by Christine Foltzer.

This is a 160 page novella, part of Tor.com's novella line, and the third novella in the series.


The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask more questions about where Dr. Mensah's SecUnit is. And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

Martha Wells' Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.


Available at: Barnes & Noble, Amazon US and all other Amazons, Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, Powells, Mysterious Galaxy, Chapters Indigo, 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.

Audiobook: Recorded Books, Audible.com, Audible UK, and Amazon.com, narrated by Kevin R. Free.

eBook and AudioBook available on iTunes
marthawells: (Default)
https://www.tor.com/2018/07/16/more-murderbot-on-the-horizon-announcing-a-new-martha-wells-novel/

In 2017, Murderbot broke onto the SF/F scene with All Systems Red, the first in Martha Wells’ wryly funny, breakneck scifi series about a deadly robotic construct who frees itself from its governor module… in order to double down on grumpily bingeing TV shows on its media feed and studiously avoiding its curious human crew. By turns thrilling and touching, the Murderbot novellas are both a shoot ’em up rollicking space adventure and smart, sneakily intimate portrait of how we construct our identities through storytelling and the surprising places where humanity can be found.

With the initial novella series wrapping up with Exit Strategy in October 2018 (and Rogue Protocol before that in August 2018), Murderbot fans have been clamoring for news on what’s next for scifi’s most relatable robotic construct.

Tor.com Publishing and Senior Editor Lee Harris are proud to announce that Murderbot will return, making its full-length debut in a new novel.
marthawells: (Default)
I keep forgetting to mention it here, but The Murderbot Diaries will be coming out in a bunch of different countries soon:

Turkish Edition: Ithaki Yayinlari
Hebrew Edition: Nova Press
Hungarian Edition: Fumax
Japanese Edition: Tokyo Sogensha Co., Ltd
Spanish Edition: Alethé

There's actually two more pending, so I'll post about that when I get the word that they're final.
marthawells: (SGA laughing)
(There's some photos on the tumblr version of this post here:
https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/174150343537/so-a-pretty-awesome-thing-happened-this-weekend)


So a pretty awesome thing happened this weekend where I won a Nebula Award for Best Novella.

The video here https://www.facebook.com/troyce/videos/10213791184147531/ is on Facebook, and I’m not sure if it’ll play for everybody, but it’s worth a shot.

The toastmaster was Martin P. Robinson, who is Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street, and it was such a great experience to meet him. I mean, not only did I win a major award, I got to meet a muppeteer and a muppet, and saw a live muppet performance from about five feet away. I can’t describe how awesome this was.

The full video of the entire ceremony is here, though you have to skip forward an hour to the start of the ceremony:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mqNUWHr0lM
marthawells: (SGA laughing)
I have trouble posting photos here, but here it is on Tumblr:

https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/173901789202/here-is-a-photo-of-the-actual-nyt-bestseller-for

The photo of the actual New York Times Bestseller for Audio list with The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, narrated by Kevin R. Free, at #8!
marthawells: (Stargate)
Today (May 8, 2018) is Murderbot Day! Artificial Condition, the sequel to Hugo- and Nebula-nominated All Systems Red, is out today in ebook, hardcover, and audiobook, narrated by Kevin R. Free.

(If you would like a signed hardcover, contact Murder by the Book in Houston before Saturday, May 12 https://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells)


Find an excerpt here:


https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/173704738617/today-may-8-2018-is-murderbot-day-artificial
marthawells: (Miko)





Artificial Condition, the second novella in The Murderbot Diaries series, will be out in ebook, hardcover, and audiobook on Tuesday May 8.

The audiobook is narrated by Kevin R. Free (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2299232/) who also did the All Systems Red.

Cover art by Jaime Jones

You can find buying info and an excerpt on my web site here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot2.htm

I'll be doing a signing at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas, on Saturday May 12 at 4:30. If you can be there and would like a signed hardcover you can order it online here: https://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells But hurry, because you have to order it before the signing.
marthawells: (Reading)
Here's an excerpt from the beginning of The Murderbot Diaries: Rogue Protocol, the third Murderbot Diaries novella from Tor.com. I've removed the most spoilery paragraph from this excerpt, but it's still on the version posted on my web site.

Preorder information is on my web site here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot3.htm

It comes out August 7 in ebook, hardcover, and audiobook.

The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition, the second Murderbot novella, will be out May 8. (Preorder info here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot2.htm) If you want a signed hardcover, you can order one from Murder by the Book in Houston before my signing there on May 12 https://www.murderbooks.com/event/martha-wells


Excerpt

I have the worst luck with bot-driven transports.

The first one had let me stow away in exchange for my collection of media files, with no ulterior motives, and had been so focused on its function that there had been hardly more communication between us than you’d have with a hauler bot. For the duration of the trip I had been alone with my media storage, just the way I like it. It had spoiled me into thinking all bot transports would be like that.

Then there was this transport.

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