Wells, Martha

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(1964-    ) US author most of whose career has been dedicated to fantasy [a highly selected Checklist appears below], beginning with the Ile-Rien sequence whose first volume, The Element of Fire (1993; rev 2006), applies some tropes from the Fantasy of Manners toolkit [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to colour in a tale of Magic. The second series in the overall sequence, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy beginning with The Wizard Hunters (2003), brings inter-dimensional conflicts into play. Of sf interest are some Ties, two to the Stargate: Atlantis sequence (see Atlantis), and Razor's Edge (2013), tied to the Star Wars universe.

Of more direct sf interest is the Murderbot Diaries series beginning with All Systems Red (2017), featuring a humanoid Robot special operative involved in interplanetary cases; the narrative, which is first-person, is light in tone. All Systems Red won a Locus Award, a Nebula and a Hugo as best novella. Artificial Condition (2018), second in the sequence, also won a Hugo and Locus Award as best novella. [JC]

Martha Susan Wells

born Fort Worth, Texas: 1 September 1964


works (highly selected)



Ile-Rien: The Fall of Ile-Rien

Stargate Atlantis

Star Wars

Murderbot Diaries


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