Monday, August 6, 2018

6 Books with Martha Wells

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 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, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award, and her work has appeared on the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Award ballots, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.

Today she shares her 6 books with us...

1. What book are you currently reading?

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee - I hadn’t read his work before Ninefox Gambit, and I was immediately drawn in. I’ve always like space opera, and I love the originality of this world, where everything is mutable except mathematics, and I love how relatable all the characters are against that kaleidoscope background.

2. What upcoming book you are really excited about?

I was excited about The Phoenix Empress by K. Arsenault Rivera, which comes out this fall, and I just got to read an ARC of it. The first book, The Tiger’s Daughter, was probably my favorite epic fantasy of last year. It’s an original, rich, fully realized fantasy world, with an epic story told from an unusual angle. The second book goes more into the threat looming over this world, and what the characters are actually fighting. I can’t wait for the next book.

3. Is there a book you're currently itching to re-read?

There’s a new Rivers of London book, Lies Sleeping, by Ben Aaronovitch, coming out this fall, and I usually try to re-read the previous few books in the series before the new one comes out. It’s series that rewards re-reading. I’ve always loved British mysteries and for me these books combine the feel of shows like Shetland, Lewis, and Luther with a great take on contemporary fantasy and the supernatural. Plus I love the sense of humor and the descriptions of London.

4. How about a book you've changed your mind about over time--either positively or negatively?

I can’t think of one in particular, but I read a lot as a kid, especially books that were over my head, and I’m sure there are a lot of books I remember liking that I wouldn’t want to read now.

5. What's one book, which you read as a child or young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?

There was an anthology called Amazons, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, that came out in 1979 where I was around 15. It hit me at a time when I needed to see women characters who were the protagonists of their own stories, who weren’t the load or the babysitter or the love interest. It had stories by authors like Tanith Lee, Elizabeth A. Lynn, C.J. Cherryh, and Charles R. Saunders, with his first story about Dossouye. It was my first exposure to a lot of those authors, and they wrote themselves onto my writing DNA.

6. And speaking of that, what's *your* latest book, and why is it awesome?

My latest book is Artificial Condition, the second novella in The Murderbot Diaries series which came out in May, and my next one will be Rogue Protocol, the third book in the series which will be out in the first week of August. I think it’s awesome because you get to see more of Murderbot’s world, and how it navigates it as a rogue SecUnit/legal non-person, and what it does with its new freedom.

POSTED BY: Joe Sherry - Co-editor of Nerds of a Feather, 2017 & 2018 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Fanzine. Minnesotan.