Fort Worth, Texas, United States
|Genres||Fantasy and science fiction|
Martha Wells is an American fantasy and science fiction author.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Published works
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Martha Wells was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1964 and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University. She has published a number of fantasy novels, young adult novels, media tie-ins, multiple short stories, and nonfiction essays on fantasy and science fiction subjects. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.
Wells' first published novel, The Element of Fire (1993), was a finalist for that year's Compton Crook Award, and a runner-up for the 1994 William Crawford Award. Her second novel, City of Bones (1995) received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and a black diamond review from Kirkus Reviews, and was on the 1995 Locus Recommended Reading List for fantasy. Her third novel, The Death of the Necromancer (1998), was nominated for a Nebula Award. The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer are stand-alone novels which take place in the country of Ile-Rien, which is also the setting for the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy: The Wizard Hunters (2003), The Ships of Air (2004), and The Gate of Gods (2005). Her fourth novel was a stand-alone fantasy, Wheel of the Infinite. In 2006, she released a revised edition of The Element of Fire which is also available in HTML on her website.
Her fantasy short stories include "The Potter's Daughter" in the anthology Elemental (2006), which was selected to appear in The Year's Best Fantasy #7 (2007). This story features one of the main characters from The Element of Fire. Three prequel short stories to the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy were published in Black Gate Magazine in 2007 and 2008.
In February 2006, she published Reliquary, a novel set in the Stargate Atlantis universe. Another Stargate Atlantis novel, Entanglement, was published in spring 2007. Wells also wrote "Archaeology 101," a short story based on Stargate SG-1 for issue No. 8 (Jan/Feb 2006) of the official Stargate Magazine. (See Stargate literature)
Wells' fantasy series The Books of the Raksura consists of three novels published by Night Shade: The Cloud Roads (2011), The Serpent Sea (2012), and The Siren Depths (2012). She also has published several short stories set in the same world as The Books of the Raksura. Most of the short stories and several missing scenes from the books can be read on the "The Three Worlds Compendium" section of her web site.
Martha Wells has also written a young adult fantasy novel, Emilie and the Hollow World, published in April 2013 by Strange Chemistry. She is working on a sequel, Emilie and the Sky World, which will be published by Strange Chemistry in 2014.
The next novel that will be published by Martha Wells is a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge. It will be released in September 2013 by Lucas Books.
Stand-alone fantasy novels
Listed in order of the internal chronology, not by year of publication.
- "The Potter's Daughter" (2006 short story, Elemental: the Tsunami Relief Anthology ISBN 0-7653-1562-9, The Year's Best Fantasy #7 ISBN 978-1-892391-50-6)
- The Element of Fire (1993, ISBN 312-85374-2; revised edition 2006, ISBN 0-615-13571-4)
- The Death of the Necromancer (1998, ISBN 0-380-97334-0)
Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy
- The Wizard Hunters (2003, ISBN 0-380-97788-5)
- The Ships of Air (2004, ISBN 0-380-97789-3)
- The Gate of Gods (2005, ISBN 0-380-97790-7)
Books of the Raksura
- The Cloud Roads (2011, ISBN 978-1-59780-216-1)
- The Serpent Sea (2012, ISBN 978-1-59780-332-8)
- The Siren Depths (2012, ISBN 978-1-59780-440-0)
Books of the Raksura (Short Stories)
All of these short works (except "Mimesis") are free and can be found on Wells' website.
- The Forest Boy (2009) — prequel to The Cloud Roads
- The Almost Last Voyage of the Wind-ship Escarpment (2011) — set in the same world
- Adaptation (2012) — prequel to The Cloud Roads
- Mimesis (2013) – in the anthology The Other Half of the Sky (2013, ISBN 9781936460441)
- Trading Lesson (2013)
Emilie (young adult fantasy)
- Emilie and the Hollow World (2013, ISBN 9781908844491)
- Emilie and the Sky World (2014, forthcoming)
- Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge (September 2013)
- Reliquary (2006 Stargate Atlantis novel, ISBN 0-9547343-7-8)
- Entanglement (2007 Stargate Atlantis novel, ISBN 1-905586-03-5)
- "Archaeology 101" (2006 Stargate SG-1 short story, Stargate Magazine)
Other short stories
- "Thorns" (1995, Realms of Fantasy)
- "Bad Medicine" (1997, Realms of Fantasy)
- "Wolf Night" (2006, Lone Star Stories)
- "Reflections" (2007, Black Gate Magazine)
- "Holy Places" (2007, Black Gate Magazine)
- "Houses of the Dead" (2008, Black Gate Magazine)
- "Revenants" (2012, in the anthology Tales of the Emerald Serpent)
- "Don't Make Me Tongue You: John Crichton and D'Argo and the Dysfunctional Buddy Relationship" (2005, Farscape Forever, ISBN 1-932100-61-X)
- "Neville Longbottom: the Hero With a Thousand Faces" (2006, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, ISBN 1-932100-59-8)
- "Donna Noble Saves the Universe" (2012, Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who, ISBN 9781935234128)
- Martha Wells Bibliography official site
- Locus Awards Index
- Revised edition of The Element of Fire
- Tachyon Publications: Year's Best Fantasy #7
- "Black Gate No. 10 Table of Contents".
- "Black Gate No. 11 Table of Contents".
- "Black Gate No. 12 Table of Contents".
- Shaun Farrell Interviews Martha Wells
- "ActuSF Interview with Martha Wells".
- "Books of the Raksura: The Three World Compendium".
- "Young Adult Fantasy by Martha Wells".
- "Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge".
- Martha Wells' official website
- Martha Wells' blog
- Martha Wells at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Novel synopses, cover art, and reviews at FantasyLiterature.net