Murderbot is back—and back on the bestseller list. Fugitive Telemetry, the latest novella in Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries, debuted at #14 on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, and #4 on the combined print and e-book list. The book is also a USA Today bestseller (#7) and and Indie Bestseller (#12).
Murderbot’s latest outing is a murder mystery: When Murderbot finds a dead body on Preservation Station, there’s a whole series of questions it will have to—reluctantly—help the humans answer. Who was the person? What happened to them? And why?
The Murderbot Diaries began in 2017 with the also-bestselling All Systems Red, which introduced the binge-watching, people-scorning Murderbot. That novella won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards, and kicked off a series that now includes five novellas and one novel, last year’s Network Effect.
Fugitive Telemetry was published last week to glowing reviews; as Em Nordling wrote, “Fugitive Telemetry is a delightful entry in a continually delightful series. Rest assured you can sink into this murder mystery like a warm, robotic bath.”
And there are yet more Murderbot tales on the way. Last month, Tordotcom Publishing signed Wells to a new six-book deal that includes three more entries in the Murderbot Diaries.
Wells is currently in the middle of a virtual book tour; you have three more chances to catch one of her events:
Thursday, May 13, 7 pm ET
Solid State Books, in conversation with S. B. Divya
Thursday, May 20, 9 pm ET
Green Apple Books, in conversation with Annalee Newitz
Tuesday, July 13, 7 pm ET
Brookline Booksmith, in conversation with Becky Chambers