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Publishing News

I got some good news today. Skyhorse/Nightshade is going with simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions of The Harbors of the Sun. (This was after Barnes & Noble said they'd take 1200 copies if it was released in trade paperback, but only a few 100 if released in hardcover.) I think this is great, because people who want a nice hardcover can get one and you still have the more affordable trade paperback.

Also, I posted the new Raksura Patreon story today: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567

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New Book Tuesday on Monday

FYI, this journal is mirrored over on http://marthawells.dreamwidth.org/ if you'd like to follow me there.

(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.)



* Black Dog Short Stories II by Rachel Neumeier
Stories from the world of Rachel's Black Dog novel, which takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world.


* Preorder: Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves. Ten years later, she discovers that the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.


* Short story: Tor.com A Human Stain by Kelly Robson


* Short Story: Tor.com Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story by S.B. Divya


* Oathbreaker by J. Kathleen Cheney
From the world of Dreaming Death, we follow Amal, Lady Horn as she and her guards try to preserve one of the great secrets of Larossa: an abandoned Fortress. Amal, the chief of the Oathbreakers, is one of only a handful of people aware of the true dangers the abandoned Fortress of Salonen presents. The Cince Empire wants its secrets, and will do anything to get someone inside.


* Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
Connected by ansible, humanity has spread across galaxies and fought a war against an enemy that remains a mystery. At the edge of human space sits the Citadel—a relic of the war and a listening station for the enemy's return. For a young Ensign Aldo, fresh from the academy and newly cloned across the ansible line, it's a prison from which he may never escape.


* Preorder: House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
The multi-award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings continues her Dominion of the Fallen saga as Paris endures the aftermath of a devastating arcane war... As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.


* Available tomorrow: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.


* The Truth About Cats and Wolves by Alethea Kontis
Like many paranormals of Greek descent, Kai Xanthopoulos will not know her true nature until her young powers fully manifest. Unlike her parents—and much to the dismay of her stray cat best friend—Kai has chosen not to spend the rest of her life at the diner in Nocturne Falls. She takes a job at Delaney’s Delectables instead, a decision that puts her directly in the path of a fugitive werewolf that could change her destiny...


* Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari. Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.


* and if you haven't already, please check out Uncanny Magazine


* Hugo nominations are open, and I encourage anybody who can nominate (members of the previous WorldCon in Kansas City and the next WorldCon in Finland) to fill up their ballots.
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Three Worlds Map

I'm not getting much done this week, as watching the fascist takeover of the US is kind of terrifying and depressing and enraging. But here's something I stumbled on recently that I told someone I'd post. Maybe it'll distract me and others and provide a few minutes of relief.

This is the only map of the Three Worlds, from The Books of the Raksura. The original is at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, being prepared for a spot in an exhibition of maps of imaginary places. I thought I hadn't taken any photos of it, but found these the other day:






I didn't ever want professional maps in the books, because I wanted the reader to visualize the Three Worlds as a vast landscape with no boundaries, so these were only for personal reference.

Watch That Plant
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The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red



This is a novella, coming out in ebook and paperback on May 2, from Tor.com Publishing. The cover art is by Jaime Jones. There are preorder links on my web site here: http://www.marthawells.com/murderbot1.htm


And here’s an excerpt:

Chapter One

I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been well over 35,000 hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don't know, a little under 35,000 hours of movies, serials, books, plays, and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.

I was also still doing my job, on a new contract, and hoping Dr. Volescu and Dr. Bharadwaj finished their survey soon so we could get back to the habitat and I could watch episode 397 of Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon.

I admit I was distracted. It was a boring contract so far and I was thinking about backburnering the status alert channel and trying to access music on the entertainment feed without HubSystem logging the extra activity. It was trickier to do it in the field than it was in the habitat.

This assessment zone was a barren stretch of coastal island, with low, flat hills rising and falling and thick greenish-black grass up to my ankles, not much in the way of flora or fauna, except a bunch of different sized bird-like things and some puffy floaty things that were harmless as far as we knew. The coast was dotted with big bare craters, one of which Bharadwaj and Volescu were taking samples in. The planet had a ring, which from our current position dominated the horizon when you looked out to sea. I was looking at the sky and mentally poking at the feed when the bottom of the crater exploded.
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Murderbot Cover Reveal and Excerpt

The B&N SF blog has the cover of The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red and an excerpt: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/exclusive-cover-reveal-excerpt-systems-red-murderbot-diaries-martha-wells/

Stargate Monuments
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Stuff About Me

It's been a kind of rushed, busy December. I've been working on the editorial revision of The Harbors of the Sun, the last Raksura novel, which is coming out this July. There wasn't anything structural to do, just a few notes, but I'd written parts of it so fast and out of order that I found a lot of clean-up to do. Because of deadline scheduling, I ended up finishing the last read-through on Sunday, send it off to the editor Monday morning and starting immediately on the copy edit for The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red (coming out in May) and then getting it sent off so I could do a quick read of the edits for "Birthright," the short story I have in Mech: Age of Steel. Normally these things don't all happen at once.

But basically I got it all done. Now I need to get a Raksura Patreon story done for this week.

Yesterday seemed to be the day to get bad news about people we know, too. It's been a hugely stressful couple of months for a lot of people.

A couple of weeks before Christmas I started having pain in first one hand, then the other, which was getting continually worse and I was afraid it was arthritis. (Actually I was afraid it was anything from fibromyalgia to leprosy, I was hoping it was arthritis.) But I got sent to the orthopedist to get shots in my hands, which are painful and done with huge needles, but which really, really helped.

Oh, and we saw Hidden Figures on Friday and it was fabulous. I highly recommend it.

I did get to see the cover for The Murderbot Diaries this morning, which is awesome and I can't wait to show it to people. This is my first SF novella for Tor.com, and it'll be coming out in ebook and a tiny adorable paperback. (It's up for preorder in various places, but the paperback in cheapest on Barnes & Noble. The ebook is only $2.99 everywhere.)

Here's the description again: A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that blends HBO's Westworld with Iain M. Banks' Culture books.

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid -- a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

So that's what I've been doing in between anxiety attacks about politics, basically.

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New Book Tuesday

* Bear Daughter by Judith Berman
Until Cloud is twelve years old, she is a neglected bear cub wandering the town ruled by King Rumble. Cloud’s unexpected transformation into a human girl, with no memory of what came before, enrages Rumble, and she is forced to flee from his malevolent wizard. Her only hope of survival is a terrifying quest to free the spirits of her dead brothers.

* Novella: The Hills of Meat, The Forests of Bone by Michelle Muenzler
Eran has been walking the Labyrinth since she was a child, learning its secrets. The endless backwater universes and lost cities offer a never-ending array of adventures, but she's been a successful exotics trader for years, and is confident she can hold her own with whatever the Labyrinth throws at her. The Labyrinth took that as a challenge.

* Preorder Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Captain Kel Cheris is possessed by a long-dead traitor general. Together they must face the rivalries of the hexarchate and a potentially devastating invasion. When the hexarchate's gifted young captain Kel Cheris summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment – and possessing her. Sequel to Ninefox Gambit

* Upcoming Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
Follow up to Akata Witch

* Out of this World by Catherine Lundoff
Eleven tales of the queer fantastic by award-winning author Catherine Lundoff. A bookstore clerk goes on a quest for the Norns while a couple of mercenaries wake up to some big surprises at their favorite inn. Shakespeare’s sister, Judith, forms an alliance with playwright Christopher Marlowe. A witch attempts the wrong love spell and a young prince meets an irresistible monster. Swordswomen, ghosts, the Queen of the Fay, the occasional gentleman of the evening and other unforgettable characters populate these stories rich and strange. Includes the Gaylactic Spectrum Award finalist “At the Roots of the World Tree” as well as several other stories not previously collected.

* The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus
We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” This is why we continue to remember the tales of struggle and tales of perseverance, even as we look to tales of hope. What a people choose to remember about its past, the stories they pass down, informs who they are and sets the boundaries of their identity. We remember the pain of our past to mourn, to heal, and to learn. Only in that way can we ensure the same mistakes are not repeated. The voices make up our stories. The stories make up who we are. A collected voice.
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Feral Again
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FYI

Just an update on me. Over the past two weeks or so, I started to have pain and stiffness in my right hand, which then increased rapidly and spread to my left hand, to the point that on the day after Christmas, I couldn't make a fist with either hand, it was hard to pick things up, etc. I've been to my doctor and he's tentatively diagnosed arthritis, maybe with a side order of mild carpal tunnel. I'm making appointments with specialists to try to figure out a treatment. The pain varies a lot throughout the day and night, but at this point I can still type. So. That's how I am, how are you?

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New Book Wednesday!

New Book Wednesday is actually on Wednesday this time, go figure.

Books

* The Nature of a Pirate by A.M. Dellamonica
The Nature of a Pirate is the third book in acclaimed author, A.M. Dellmonica’s high seas, Stormwrack series. The Lambda Award nominated series begins with Child of a Hidden Sea. Marine videographer and biologist Sophie Hansa has spent the past few months putting her knowledge of science to use on the strange world of Stormwrack, solving seemingly impossible cases where no solution had been found before.

* New Worlds, Old Ways edited by Karen Lord
"The Caribbean has a powerful, modern tradition of fantastic literature that’s on full display in this anthology of original fiction by writers from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Bermuda . . . None of these writers is likely to be familiar to American audiences, but all are worth getting to know. Readers who love the writing of Nalo Hopkinson, Tobias S. Buckell, and Lord herself will savor this volume."
— Publisher's Weekly, Starred review

* Dreams of the Eaten by Arianne Tex Thompson
The stunning conclusion of this extraordinary trilogy. After trials by fire and thirst, Appaloosa Elim's quest to bring home the body of the crow prince is finally nearing its end. But the coffin is missing, the funeral party is hopelessly scattered, and the fishmen are hell-bent on revenge...

* Oathbreaker by J. Kathleen Cheney
From the world of Dreaming Death, we follow Amal, Lady Horn as she and her guards try to preserve one of the great secrets of Larossa: an abandoned Fortress. Amal, the chief of the Oathbreakers, is one of only a handful of people aware of the true dangers the abandoned Fortress of Salonen presents. The Cince Empire wants its secrets, and will do anything to get someone inside. Now the Horn Family must decide whether to wake the sleeping Fortress so it can defend itself against the Cince…or kill it forever.

* Free short story: The Evaluators: To Trade With Aliens, You Must Adapt by N.K. Jemisin

* and I highly recommend Will Do Magic For Small Change by Andrea Hairston, which I just finished reading and loved.

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My Books

New: The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red a new novella from Tor.com, is up for preorder in ebook, and will be released in ebook and paperback on May 2, 2017.
Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kindle UK, Kindle Canada, and all other international Kindles.
(ETA: So it looks like the paperback is also up for preorder! It's cheaper on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-systems-red-martha-wells/1125315290?ean=9780765397539 & https://www.amazon.com/dp/0765397536/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481743844&sr=8-1)

* The Harbors of the Sun, the last Raksura novel, is up for preorder in hardcover and ebook.

* The Edge of Worlds is available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook, and up for preorder in paperback.

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The Murderbot Diaries

http://publishing.tor.com/allsystemsred-mart…/9780765397522/

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that blends HBO's Westworld with Iain M. Banks' Culture books.

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

It looks like you can preorder the "The Murderbot Diaries" novella soon, as soon as the various retail outlets update. It'll be out on May 2, with the sequel to follow in January 2018

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