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Martha Wells Short Bio

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the Raksura series. She has a new series of SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by Tor.com in 2017 and 2018. She was also the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering's Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, a Hugo Award, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.

Extended Bio:

Her first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.

Her third novel The Death of the Necromancer (Avon Eos) was a 1998 Nebula Award Finalist and the French edition was a 2002 Imaginales Award nominee.

Her novella All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a 2017 Philip K. Dick Award finalist, and won an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Hugo Award for Best Novella, a Nebula Award for Best Novella, and a Locus Award. The Books of the Raksura was a Hugo Finalist for Best Series. Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a fNebula Award finalist and a Hugo Award finalist. Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a BSFA Finalist for Short Fiction.

She has also published three media tie-in novels: Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary, released in March 2006, and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement in March 2007, and a Star Wars: Razor's Edge in September 2013. Her first young adult fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published in April 2013 by Strange Chemistry Books, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World in March 2014.

She has had short stories published in Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Lone Star Stories, Stargate Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Wired Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent II: A Knight in the Silk Purse, Mech: Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft. She has essays in the non-fiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, The Kobold Guide to Magic, and The Writer's Book of Doubt.

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For questions about any publishing rights including translation and film rights, Martha is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Mailing Address: attn: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency, 1000 Dean Street, Suite 252, Brooklyn, NY 11238)

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| Appearances


August 2-4, 2019.
Martha will be Special Guest at ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX.

August 15-19, 2019.
Martha will be a panelist at WorldCon Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

October 4-5, 2019.
Martha will be a guest at the Brown County Library ComicCon at Central Library in Green Bay, WI.

October 18-20, 2019.
Martha will be a guest of honor at Capclave in Rockville, MD.


February 29, 2020.
Martha will be a panelist at PopCon in San Antonio, Texas.

May 22-24, 2020.
Martha will be a panelist at Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas.

July 24-26, 2020.
Martha will be a guest of honor at Confluence in Pittsburgh, PA.

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