Editorially Speaking

Announcing The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

I’ve been sitting on this news for a little while, and I’m so happy to be able to finally announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired two books in a new science fiction series—The Murderbot Diaries—from the brilliant Martha Wells.

All Systems Red is the first book in the series, and it follows a security droid assigned to protect a team of scientists on a new planetary expedition. But when a neighbouring expedition suddenly becomes silent it’s up to the newly self-aware droid and its distinctly unadventurous charges to investigate. But sometimes things are best left alone…

Martha said:

This novella came out of nowhere, when I was in the middle of writing the climax to my next fantasy novel.  I thought, “I’ll just write down a few lines so I don’t forget this before I have time to come back to it,” and before I knew it I had five pages written. I went back to it the day after I finished the rough draft of the novel and fell into a new world. I’m thrilled and delighted that this novella and its sequel could find a home at Tor.com.  I hope people enjoy reading about Murderbot as much as I enjoy writing it.

The books were acquired by Tor.com Publishing’s senior editor, Lee Harris, from Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

All Systems Red will be published in ebook and trade paperback in summer 2017.

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