marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)
Here's the official announcement for the Murderbot Novel from the publisher.

It'll be out in May 2020 and the title is The Murderbot Diaries: Network Effect.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
The first three Books of the Raksura are being re-released in mass market paperback. The Cloud Roads should be out in November. (They're out now in ebook and audiobook, though they're getting hard to find in trade paper.)

The Books of the Raksura were nominated for a Best Series Hugo Award in 2018 and there's more info (descriptions, sample chapters) here:

The art on The Cloud Roads cover is by Matthew Stewart, who won a Chesley Award for it in 2012 in the best paperback category. The art on The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths is by Steve Argyle.

ETA: and the new cover designs are on Twitter:
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)
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: 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.

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.
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


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: (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 ( 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:

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: 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 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:

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: If you want a signed hardcover, you can order one from Murder by the Book in Houston before my signing there on May 12


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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marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)
I'm doing a signing for The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, on May 12 at 4:30. If you can't be there, you can order the novella, or any other of my books the store can get, and get them signed and shipped to you:

The Con-or-Bust fundraising auction is going to start April 9: Right now they're still taking donations of items to auction. Con-or-Bust helps people of color attend SF/F cons.

Tomorrow (April 4) the fourth story in Return to Dominaria will be posted, and it's one that can be read as a stand-alone story, so if you've been wanting to check it out but hesitated because you didn't know the background, this might be a better one for you:

I have an appointment today with an arthritis doctor, so wish me luck.
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)
There's a preview of the Dominaria stories I wrote here. First section will be posted tomorrow! (March 21)

And tomorrow the first section of the story will be posted here:
marthawells: (Teyla)
And here's a long excerpt from Artificial Condition, the second novella in the Murderbot Diaries:
marthawells: (Reading)
New by Me

Wednesday, March 21, the first chapter in Magic: The Gathering's Magic Story: Dominaria will be posted. I'll post the link here when it goes live. It should be posted in eleven parts, and I hope everyone enjoys it. Me, Nic Kelman, and the rest of the creative team and everyone involved with Magic Story worked really hard on it.

New Books

I've been so busy I got way behind on this, but I'm trying to get back on schedule.

(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)

* How to Live on Other Planets edited by Joanne Merriam
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre’s best writers.

* Monster Portraits by Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar
Relentlessly original and brilliantly hybrid, Monster Portraits investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesmerizing combination of words and images. An uncanny and imaginative autobiography of otherness, it offers the fictional record of a writer in the realms of the fantastic shot through with the memories of a pair of Somali-American children growing up in the 1980s.

* Shared Dreams by J. Kathleen Cheney
Even before Shironne and Mikael met, their dreams were entwined.... This collection of three short stories introduces us to Mikael Lee and Shironne Anjir, tangled together in their need to solve murders. Mikael Lee, an aide to the king's brother, dreams his way into others deaths, and then follows the clues within back to the killer. Shironne Anjir, a young girl so sensitive to the stimuli around her that she cannot shut it out, has been sharing those dreams with him, and when a death falls closer to her doorstep, she's the one who takes up the task of finding a killer...a path that might give her a direction for the rest of her life.

* Preorder The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her.

* Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.

* Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell. Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

* Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

* Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others—vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget....

* The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
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: (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: (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: 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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