More Murderbot on the Horizon: Announcing a New Martha Wells Novel

In 2017, Murderbot broke onto the SF/F scene with All Systems Red, the first in Martha Wells’ wryly funny, breakneck scifi series about a deadly robotic construct who frees itself from its governor module… in order to double down on grumpily bingeing TV shows on its media feed and studiously avoiding its curious human crew. By turns thrilling and touching, the Murderbot Diaries are both a shoot ’em up rollicking space adventure and a smart, sneakily intimate portrait of how we construct our identities through storytelling and the surprising places where humanity can be found.

With the initial novella series wrapping up with Exit Strategy in October 2018 (and Rogue Protocol before that in August 2018), Murderbot fans have been wondering what’s next for scifi’s most relatable robotic construct.

Tor.com Publishing and Senior Editor Lee Harris are proud to announce that Murderbot will return, making its full-length debut in a new novel.

Said author Martha Wells:

I’m really happy to be able to write this novel. I was hoping to be able to continue Murderbot’s story a little longer and explore more of its world, and I’m so glad to have this opportunity. I hope the readers enjoy it as much as I do.

Said acquiring editor Lee Harris:

Oh, my goodness. All Systems Red was a huge hit last year. And with 3 follow-up novellas this year I was really hoping we’d be able to continue Murderbot’s story. When Martha got in touch with an idea for a Murderbot novel it was the easiest “Hell, yes!” I’ve ever been able to give. Everyone loves Murderbot. And now there’s going to be more of it to love!

The deal, for World English rights, was brokered by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Her New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series has won the Alex and Nebula Awards and been shortlisted for others.

You’ll be able to pick up your Murderbot binge once more in early 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

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