For the last couple years, I’ve kept track of the best novels, poetry collections, and other books I read that particular year. So, as I did in 2015, 2016, and 2017, here now are the best books I read in 2018.
By calling the fourth book Exit Strategy (hardcover, Kindle), you might think sci-fi writer Martha Wells is bring her series The Murderbot Diaries to a close. But as we discuss in the following email interview, while Exit Strategy is the end of this particular saga, it isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from our fair Murderbot.
Be it Bender from Futurama or K-2SO from Rogue One, everyone loves a saucy robot. Which bodes well for sci-fi writer Martha Wells, whose new novella, Artificial Condition (hardcover, Kindle) continues the adventures of Murderbot she started with last year’s All Systems Red. Though in talking to her about this second installment of The Murderbot Diaries, she admits that neither of those aforementioned robots were an influence on her spicy ‘bot.
With her fantasy novel The Harbors Of The Sun (hardcover, paperback, digital), writer Martha Wells concludes both The Books Of Raksura series as well as the duology she started with 2016’s The Edge Of Worlds. But as she revealed in the following interview, The Harbors Of The Sun may ends this series, but it may not be the end of the story.
Though she’s previously written books in both the Stargate Atlantis and Star Wars universes, Martha Wells’ original novels have all been in the fantasy realm. She even has calls her website, marthawells.com, “Martha Wells Worlds Of Fantasy.” But in her new novella, All Systems Red (paperback, digital), she’s returning to science fiction, and — as she explains below — for good reason.