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Announcing Martha Wells!

Our family is growing once again! Today we are delighted to announce that Martha Wells, incredibly talented fantasy author, is joining the Strange Chemistry team. She has been signed in a two book deal, negotiated between Amanda Rutter and Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. The first of these novels is called EMILIE AND THE HOLLOW WORLD and will be released in Summer 2013!

About EMILIE AND THE HOLLOW WORLD: While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende’s missing father. With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.

EMILIE AND THE HOLLOW WORLD is an extraordinary adventure story with hints of Victoriana and steampunk. It brings to mind such classic tales as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Lost World, while featuring a spunky young heroine that we know you will love.

About MARTHA WELLS: She was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is the author of thirteen novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch.

Her first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.

Her third novel The Death of the Necromancer (Avon Eos) was a 1998 Nebula Award Nominee and the French edition was a 2002 Imaginales Award nominee.

Her other books include City of Bones (Tor, 1995), Wheel of the Infinite (HarperCollins Eos, 2000), and The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, published by HarperCollins Eos – The Wizard Hunters (2003), The Ships of Air (2004), and The Gate of Gods (2005) – set in the same world as The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer.

Her newest fantasy novels are The Cloud Roads (Night Shade Books, March 2011), and the sequels, The Serpent Sea (Night Shade Books, January 2012) and The Siren Depths (forthcoming from Night Shade Books in December 2012).

Martha can be found on her website and on Twitter.

Martha says: “I’m so glad Emilie and the Hollow World will be published by Strange Chemistry. I started writing it in July of 2009 and finished it around December of that year, so it’s had a long road to get here. I’m thrilled it’s going to be published and I think it’s found the best possible home.”

Amanda says: “I am a massive fan of Martha’s previously published work and am honoured that she has chosen Strange Chemistry to be the home of Emilie’s story. I think that this novel is fantastic fun and will bring Martha to a whole new audience.”




Thank YOU for publishing Martha Wells’s work. I’ve been a great fan since I picked up Death of the Necromancer after seeing many recommendations on rec.arts.sf.written. Hooray!


Fantastic news! I love steampunk and the premise of this novel sounds awesome :) Very much looking forward to reading it!

Great news, novel sounds very interesting!

Terri Rochenski

Never heard of this author, but she seems like my kind of writer! Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m off to stalk her…


I am a growing lover of Steampunk but combined with fantasy it sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!

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