May 13

NPR on Fugitive Telemetry

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

“Martha Wells’ newest entry in her award-winning, nerd-charming, trope-bending Murderbot series, FUGITIVE TELEMETRY, is a lot of things that you probably don’t expect.

One of Wells’ superpowers has long been her ability to pack an epic’s worth of material into a very small package. And here, she uses the condensed timeline and single location as a way to put Murderbot in a situation of constant moral reckoning.

Sure, there’s no end here without a showdown, some explosions, a cool robot fight and a messy conclusion full of smugglers, broken glass and gunfire. But how a person (a thing, an object in the process of becoming something else) made to enforce rules, that willed itself into being by breaking them and now compelled to abide by them, gets there without doing itself further moral compromise is the tension that Wells creates. Murderbot was made to be Murderbot. That will never change.

The question is, can it choose to be more?” — NPR

May 10

2021 Locus Award Finalists include Bear, Muir, and Wells!

The 2021 Locus Award Finalists include Elizabeth Bear, Tamsyn Muir, and Martha Wells!

Science Fiction Novel
Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)

Fantasy Novel
Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)

The Best of Elizabeth Bear, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)

May 6

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells is a New York Times bestseller!

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells has debuted at #4 on the New York Times Combined Print & E-Book list, and also at #14 on the Print Hardcover Fiction list!

In addition, it’s #7 on the USA Today Bestsellers list!

Congratulations, Martha!

May 5
2021 on Fugitive Telemetry

Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

“It’s been almost one long year since Network Effect dropped, and let’s face it: the world is ready for more Murderbot. Dry wit, misanthropy, and space adventures are promises delivered in full in this month’s 6th installment of Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries…

Murderbot, though, isn’t a stand-in for any other oppressed group, as much as some of us might see ourselves in its outsider-status, hatred of ally condescension, and “not applicable” gender. The prejudice it faces isn’t because it is socially-coded as a weapon, but because it is a weapon, and so the shape those redemption stories take is fundamentally different. Murderbot isn’t a story about simply learning to love yourself as you are, but of reckoning with the decision to not be the thing you were born to be. It’s about learning to trust even in the midst of justifiable fear. It’s also—for all its death and mayhem—a soothing escape from reality, the likes of which Murderbot itself would approve.” —

May 3

Booklist on Star Eater

Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

“El works as part of the Order, a sisterhood and core central body that rules Aytrium and keeps it running. Her magic, or “lace,” is powered by consuming the flesh of her ancestors. This power comes at a harsh price, and it’s one that El is willing to escape at any cost, which is why she agrees when a resistance group asks her to spy on the sisterhood’s top officials. Hall’s world is intricately woven, with a complex web of side characters, suspenseful pacing, and slowly unraveling revelations. The Order and the world of Aytrium is exceedingly dark, and sexual assault and body horror are major parts of the plot….All of that said, Star Eater is an exciting horror-fantasy about power, violence, and control, and El’s complicated quest to be free of the violent magic system at the sisterhood’s core will keep readers compelled from the first page.” — Booklist

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