Even though authors may have been published by major name publishing companies, some writers choose to also publish independently. Martha Wells —most recognized for books like The Fall of Ile Rien series and Death of the Necromancer —is also author of Stargate Atlantis novels printed independently through the smaller Fandemonium Press. Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement and Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary
And like many sci-fi/ fantasy writers, she has had short stories printed in various magazines and anthologies.
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Since I’m not a big fan of the Dragon & Sorcery type Fantasy stories, I didn’t really "get into" those books from her. But having attempted to read them, I do acknowledge that they are very well written and conceived. She employs a great skill for world building and character creation. I do, however, often enjoy the Stargate Atlantis TV show, and Martha demonstrates an uncanny comprehension of that universe and the characters inhabiting it. Reading her Atlantis novels, one can effortlessly envision the show in their mind’s eye-- that’s how authentically she depicts them.
I’ve had the immense pleasure of hearing Martha Wells on discussion panels at the ApolloCon sci-fi convention, where she clearly reveals a passion for and a deep wisdom about story telling.