Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders Continues Virtual Book Signings with Martha Wells’ Newest Book Network Effect

Worldbuilders, the “geeks doing good” nonprofit founded by best-selling fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, will host a Virtual Book Signing Event with Martha Wells for her new book “Network Effect” The event will be live on the Worldbuilders Twitch Channel at 1:00pm CDT on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.
Fans of Martha Wells can purchase copies of “Network Effect” and the other books in the ‘Murderbot Diaries’ series on the Worldbuilders marketplace. Please click here to purchase her books. During the livestream, Wells will sign Worldbuilders exclusive bookplates designed by Nate Taylor. Fans can also pre-order the book and skip the virtual line.
Nebula Award-winning author Martha Wells has created the most relatable A.I. you will read this century. The self-aware SecUnit that refers to itself, but never out loud, as Murderbot with a disdain for its human creators, was first introduced in the Nebula Award Winner for Best Novella, All Systems Red. In Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy, Murderbot finds itself with only vague memories of its own violent transgressions that lead to its naming, a crumbling case against the seemingly infallible GrayCris Corporation, and a startling decision to help out the only human who has ever shown it respect.  Now readers can join up with their favorite Murderbot in its first, full-length standalone novel, Network Effect.
‘I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.’
When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured, and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.
Drastic action it is, then.
“One of the effects of COVID-19 has been the cancellation of book tours for many authors who are beloved of the geek community. We at Worldbuilders feel very lucky to get to help connect the fans with the authors and artists by creating these bookplates and hosting live-streamed events. It’s a bit of geeky joy in a hard time, and we could all use some more of that.” – Gray Miller, Interim Executive Director, Worldbuilders.
 Martha Wells has a B.A. in anthropology from Texas A&M University and is an accomplished Science fiction and Fantasy author. Her works include the Murderbot Diaries, which includes “All Systems Red”, “Artificial Condition”, “Rogue Protocol,” and “Exit Strategy.” Her other books include the Ile-Rien series and the Books of Raksura. She has also written numerous non-fictions like “Neville Longbottom: The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” “A Life Less Ordinary: The Environment, Magic Systems, and Non-Humans,” and “Donna Noble Saves the Universe.” Wells’ Short stories have appeared in publications such as Realms of Fantasy magazine and Black Gate Magazine.
Worldbuilders believes that people will always help others when given a chance, and their mission is to give everyone that chance. Worldbuilders, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, partners with established charities that might otherwise get overlooked by the geek community. The team reflects its audience of geeks, gamers, and book nerds, embodying the nonprofit’s motto of “Geeks Doing Good.” They also help fellow gamers and fans become part of their favorite stories through merchandise at Worldbuilders Market, where all the proceeds go towards supporting their mission. Over the past eleven years, Worldbuilders–with the support of the community of awesome geeks–has raised more than $10 million for Heifer International.
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, “The Name of the Wind,” won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, “The Wise Man’s Fear,” debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he builds box forts with his children and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than $10 million for Heifer International. He can be found at and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.

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