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 Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins, and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novels are The Edge of Worlds in 2016 and The Harbors of the Sun forthcoming in July 2017, the end of the Books of the Raksura series. She will also have two new SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries series, forthcoming from Tor.com in 2017 and 2018. Her books have been published in eight languages.
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 Nominee and the French edition was a 2002 Imaginales Award nominee.
The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, published by HarperCollins Eos -- The Wizard Hunters (May 2003), The Ships of Air (July 2004), and The Gate of Gods, (November 2005) -- is set in the same world as The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer. 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, Lightspeed 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, and The Kobold Guide to Magic.
Her latest fantasy novels are the Books of the Raksura series published by Night Shade Books: The Cloud Roads in March 2011, The Serpent Sea, in January 2012, and The Siren Depths, in December 2012. There was a two-volume print, ebook, and audiobook collection (Stories of the Raksura vol. I: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud and Stories of the Raksura vol II: the Dead City & The Dark Earth Below) in September 2014 and June 2015. The final two books in the series are The Edge of Worlds published in April 2016 and The Harbors of the Sun forthcoming in July 2017. Her latest SF is a novella series from Tor.com Publishing, The Murderbot Diaries.
November 2-5, 2017.
Martha will be the Toastmaster at the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
November 11, 2017.
Martha will be an instructor at Writespace Houston's Writers Family Reunion in Houston, Texas.
February 16-18, 2018.
Martha will be a panelist at ConDFW in Fort Worth, Texas.
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