Feb 14
2019

NPR on All Systems Red

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

“But this book is sneaky. As much as you want to think this is just some lightweight little confection made of robot fights and space murder ­and as much as All Systems Red wants to present itself as nothing but robot fights and space murder ­Martha Wells did something really clever. She hid a delicate, nuanced and deeply, grumpily human story inside these pulp trappings, by making her murderous robot story primarily character-driven. And the character doing the driving?

Murderbot.

There are subtexts to be read into Murderbot ­ that its experience is a coming-out narrative, that it mirrors the lives of trans people, immigrants, those on the autism spectrum or anyone else who feels the need to hide some essential part of themselves from a population that either threatens or can’t possibly understand them. Or both. And I get all of that because every one of those reads is right.

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.

Best news of all? All Systems Red is only the first of four Murderbot Diaries novellas. Wells followed Red with Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol and Exit Strategy, all of which have gotten multiple electronic, hard- and softcover releases over the past year or so, with the Red hardcover being released this month after winning Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus Awards in 2018. Which is proof, I suppose, that I’m not alone in my love for Murderbot. That we are all a little bit Murderbot. That we see ourselves in its skin. And that reading about this sulky, soap-opera-loving cyborg killing machine might be one of the most human experiences you can have in sci-fi right now.” — NPR

Jan 10
2019

Library Journal’s Best of 2018 includes Wells and Kowal


Library Journal’s Best Books 2018 includes both Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (the fourth book in the Murderbot Diaries), and The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal!

Dec 13
2018

New York Times on Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

“Martha Wells’s EXIT STRATEGY (Tor.com) is the fourth and final part of her brilliant Murderbot Diaries, a series of far-future novellas set in a universe worn out by corporate indifference and bureaucratic inertia. A single grumpy security unit—Murderbot—fights for life, liberty, and the pursuit of hours and hours of soap operas. The first book, “All Systems Red,” won both Nebula and Hugo Awards this year and is definitely the place to start.

I came late to these novellas, and during a difficult month this year I read almost nothing else. Murderbot’s voice, a beautiful blend of exhausted cynicism and deep, helpless love, was the only thing that felt like both a match to my mood and an appropriate response to the events provoking it. Murderbot has no illusions about the way the world works and will say so blisteringly, but remains so passionately committed to the people it loves and doing what’s right that I kept welling up in response. Its angry, poignant point of view, wrapped up in sharp, short bites of space adventure, is utterly addictive, and I’m genuinely delighted—as well as a little relieved—that the series’ success has greenlit a full-length Murderbot novel, so that I don’t yet have to bid it goodbye.” — New York Times

Dec 7
2018

Amazon’s Best science fiction and fantasy of 2018

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells is one of Amazon’s Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2018! Congratulations, Martha!

Oct 19
2018

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells is a USA Today bestseller!

Congratulations to Martha Wells on Exit Strategy, the fourth book in the Murderbot Diaries, hitting the USA Today best-selling books list!

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