Couple of things


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.


For me as a trans woman, All Systems Red’s concoction of heartbreak and ever-present anxiety felt achingly familiar to me (even as Murderbot’s narration and dry delivery cracked me up more often than not), as I looked back at various pressure points in my own transition. The novella has a lot to say about building a personal identity on the fly.

Life Lessons from a Murderbot: Reading All Systems Red as a Trans Woman



The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red just won an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, for adult books that also have appeal for young adult readers. It was announced this morning at the ALA (American Library Association) Youth Media Awards. It was a total surprise to me!

Full list of winners:

I’ve read it and it’s good and you guys should all read it too.


Not too spoilery review of the next two stories in The Muderbot Diaries here: Review of Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol

Wells brings a strong sense of character to Murderbot. Deeply socially anxious, immensely awkward about talking to Actual People, and constantly insisting that they don’t care (when it becomes obvious that they do), Murderbot is a very human sort of bot—despite their occasionally assertion that they’re not really a person.

Wells’ pacing is sharp, and the world of the Murderbot Diaries is atmospheric and filled with cool shit. And the individuals who appear on the pages of these stories, however briefly, all feel like fully-rounded people. These are delightful books, and I sincerely hope that Wells writes many more of them—because I definitely want to find out what happens next.

And if you’re nominating for the Hugo Awards, All Systems Red is eligible in the novella category, and the Books of the Raksura series is eligible in the series category because The Harbors of the Sun came out last year. Though this will be its last year of eligibility.

This series rocks and you should all read it.

Sleeps With Monsters: The Adventures of Murderbot


The cover reveal for The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition, plus an interview with me, is on The Verge:

Earlier this year, I read the first installment of Martha Wells’s Murderbot series, All Systems Red, a novella about a dour, cranky security robot that would rather watch soap operas than interact with people. Oh, and it murdered a bunch of people on an earlier assignment. Next year, Wells will be back with a new installment of the series, Artificial Condition.

Sci-fi author Martha Wells on writing a series about a robot that calls itself Murderbot


…he said, “You know, in Preservation-controlled territory, bots are considered full citizens. A construct would fall under the same category.” He said this in the tone of giving me a hint.

Whatever. Bots who are "full citizens" still have to have a human or augmented human guardian appointed, usually their employer; I’d seen it on the news feeds. And on the entertainment feed, where the bots were all happy servants or were secretly in love with their guardians. If it showed the bots hanging out watching the entertainment feed all through the day cycle, with no one trying to make them talk about their feelings, I would have been a lot more interested.

The Murderbot Diaries I: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

This is my precious Murderbot, and I love it to pieces, and everything about it is Relatable. It just wants to bingewatch trash tv all day, and why won’t all these humans stop trying to interact with it and improve its life and make it feel things? 

Please read this novella, because it’s everything you could ever want in a snarky first-person robot tale. The link takes you to the full first chapter. 

Second the motion.