Dec 14
2017

L.A. Times on All Systems Red

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells

“The first in a four-part series called “The Murderbot Diaries,” Martha Wells’ novella follows a self-aware robot, who calls itself (you guessed it) Murderbot. The artificial being, which hacked itself to achieve autonomy, is tasked with protecting a team of scientists on a distant planet from an unknown threat. This book wastes no time in getting to the action. It’s a testament to Wells’ talent that this book’s plot and its characters feel as well fleshed out as any full-length novel. It’s hard not to immediately sympathize with a misanthropic robot ­ can’t we all understand the desire to just binge-watch TV instead of dealing with people? Wells imbued Murderbot with extraordinary humanity, and while this is a fun read, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not a profound one.” — L.A. Times

Dec 8
2017

The Stone in the Skull is one of B&N SFF’s Best of 2017

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear is on the list of Barnes & Noble SFF’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017. Congratulations again, Bear!

They also chose twelve “alternate universe picks” (effectively runners-up), including The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden, Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells!

Nov 14
2017

All Systems Red and Raven Stratagem on Amazon’s Best of 2017

All Systems Red by Martha Wells and Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee are on Amazon’s Best Books of 2017: Science Fiction & Fantasy list! Congratulations to both Martha and Yoon!

Aug 14
2017

Locus on All Systems Red

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells

“A damaged android on an exploratory mission takes center stage in this entertaining SF novella, the first book in the Murderbot Diaries series.

There’s some tense action, and a few of the scientists turn out to be more interesting and less helpless than they initially appear, but it’s the character of Murderbot that really makes the story come alive, a mix of flat robot personality with some surprising quirks, serious combat skills, a talent for coming up with effective plans – and a deep need to discover who it really is.” — Locus

Jul 12
2017

Publishers Weekly on The Harbors of the Sun

The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells

“The beautiful fifth Raksura fantasy begins immediately after the events of The Edge of Worlds, tracing the various journeys of Moon, Jade, and the rest of the now-scattered Raksuran archaeological expedition as they seek to regroup, recover a lost weapon, and attempt to prevent worldwide genocide by their erstwhile allies. Having done the heavy lifting of characterization in earlier books in the series, Wells is able to focus here on exploring how the Raksura fit into the wider world, dealing with the prejudices that result from their previous isolation, their shape-shifting ability and other magic, and their biological connection to the predatory Fell. The Fell themselves give rise to some of the more intriguing social explorations, as more is revealed about the half-Fell/half-Raksurans who were raised among the predators. Wells’s worldbuilding strengths are on display, and she knows just what to explain and what to imply, making this volume accessible to newcomers as well as longtime readers.” — Publishers Weekly

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