Martha Wells is a fantasy author best known for her creations, the Raksura series and the Ile-Rien series. Her books are best known for their portrayals of realistic, complex societies that inhabit the worlds of her books.

Martha Wells was born in Fort Worth, Texas. After high school, she went on to attend Texas A&M University where she graduated with a bachelor of arts in Anthropology. She became involved in science-fiction culture while at A&M and was the chairman of AggieCon during her time there. She still lives in College Station today with her husband.

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Publication Order of Ile-Rien Books

The Element of Fire (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Death of the Necromancer (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Fall Of Ile-Rien Books

The Wizard Hunters (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ships of Air (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Gate of Gods (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Books Of The Raksura Books

The Cloud Roads (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Serpent Sea (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Siren Depths (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Edge of Worlds (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Harbors of the Sun (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Emilie Books

Emilie and the Hollow World (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Emilie and the Sky World (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Stories Of The Raksura Books

The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Murderbot Diaries Books

All Systems Red (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Artificial Condition (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rogue Protocol (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Exit Strategy (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Compulsory (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Network Effect (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fugitive Telemetry (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
System Collapse (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Note: Compulsory can only be read on Wired.com.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

City of Bones (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wheel of the Infinite (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blade Singer (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Witch King (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Between Worlds (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Stargate Atlantis Books

Flipside (By: Sally Malcolm) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rising (By: Sally Malcolm) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Halcyon (By: James Swallow) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Reliquary (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Chosen (By: Sonny Whitelaw,Elizabeth Christensen) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Exogenesis (By: Sonny Whitelaw,ElizabethChristensen) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Blood Ties (By: Sonny Whitelaw,Elizabeth Christensen) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Entanglement (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Casualties of War (By: Elizabeth Christensen) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mirror, Mirror (By: Sabine C. Bauer) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nightfall (By: James Swallow) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Angelus (By: Peter J. Evans) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Brimstone (By: Patricia Lee Macomber) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dead End (By: Chris Wraight) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hunt and Run (By: Aaron Rosenberg) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Allegiance (By: Melissa Scott,Amy Griswold) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Homecoming (By: Melissa Scott,Jo Graham) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death Game (By: Jo Graham) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lost (By: Amy Griswold,Jo Graham) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Secrets (By: Melissa Scott,Jo Graham) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Furies (By: Jo Graham) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Inheritors (By: Melissa Scott,Amy Griswold,Jo Graham) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pride of the Genii (By: Melissa Scott) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Unascended (By: Jo Graham) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion Books

Razor's Edge (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Honor Among Thieves (By: James S. A. Corey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales of the Emerald Serpent: Ghosts of Taux(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Other Half of the Sky(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Knight in the Silk Purse: Ghosts of Taux(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Gods of HP Lovecraft(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mech(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #2: A Selection of Novellas(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nebula Awards Showcase 2019(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Take Us to a Better Place(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
From a Certain Point of View(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like Martha Wells Books, You’ll Love…

The Cloud Roads is the first book in the Raksura series of books. The book focuses on Moon, a young shapeshifter who has always had to hide what he is from others. Moon tries to fit in with his tribe, but struggles and when he is cast out he ends up finding what he was looking for all along… someone just like him. Another shapeshifter who tells him of his own community of shapeshifters that will welcome him with open arms. What Moon doesn’t know is that heading to this community will put him smack dab in the middle of a conflict and that he could be the key to flipping the balance of power.

Wells’ first published book was The Element of Fire. The world of Ile-Rien is medieval like place that is on the brink thanks to internal conflicts and the battle between scientific magic and fairy magic. There are a lot of moving parts in this novel as the kingdom is ruled by a weak, young man named King Roland, but is actually run behind the scenes by the Dowager Queen Ravenna. She tries to keep the kingdom safe from the Fayre, a disgruntled sorcerer who lost his land, and the king’s illegitimate half sister. The world building of Wells is on fully display here as she deftly combines the mundane with the fantastical.

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