Martha Wells presents 'System Collapse'

The newest book in the bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards

Third Place Books is exhilarated to welcome sci-fi and fantasy author Martha Wells to our Lake Forest Park store! Wells will be discussing the seventh book in her Murderbot series, System Collapse. This event is free and open to the public.

  • We expect between 400-500 in attendance this event. Arrive early to ensure your seat. We'll begin seating customers an hour before the event at 6pm.
  • SIGNING GUIDELINES (updated 11/16): Martha Wells will personalize up to 2 books and sign 1 additional title per customer (for a total of 3 books). Additional books will no longer be permitted. We ask all customers to please respect this policy.
  • Please, NO POSED PHOTOS. Candid photos from the line are fine.

For important updates, registration is highly recommended in advance. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About System Collapse. . .

Am I making it worse? I think I'm making it worse.

Everyone's favorite lethal SecUnit is back.

Following the events in Network Effect, the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly-colonized planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there’s an ethical corporation out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can’t have the planet, they’re sure as hell not leaving without something. If that something just happens to be an entire colony of humans, well, a free workforce is a decent runner-up prize.

But there’s something wrong with Murderbot; it isn’t running within normal operational parameters. ART’s crew and the humans from Preservation are doing everything they can to protect the colonists, but with Barish-Estranza’s SecUnit-heavy persuasion teams, they’re going to have to hope Murderbot figures out what’s wrong with itself, and fast!

Praise for System Collapse. . .

"I love Murderbot!"
—Ann Leckie

"The most heartwarming action-packed literally explosive space opera I've enjoyed in a long time. Martha Wells is the best writer of loveable snarky gender-subversive killing machines out there!"
—N. K. Jemisin

"We are all a little bit Murderbot."

"A glorious thought-provoking Murderbot tale...As we may be stuck in social isolation for the foreseeable future, I can think of no better company than this paranoid android."
—The New Scientist on Network Effect

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Her New York Times and USA Today-bestselling Murderbot Diaries series has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards.

Want a signed edition of the featured book, but can't make it to the event? Order through our website or over the phone, and write your request for a signature or personalization in the comments field at checkout. Please call the hosting store if you're placing your order within 24 hours of the event.

Third Place Books Events Code of Conduct: Third Place Books is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of event attendees and guest authors, during both online and in-store events. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to refrain from engaging in inappropriate behavior and harassment of any kind throughout the course of this event (i.e. racial slurs, profanity, hate speech, spam comments, etc.). Please note that any participants who engage in inappropriate behavior or harassment of any kind will be immediately ejected from the event.

For media inquiries, access inquiries, or questions about our Covid-19 policies, please email or call our Lake Forest Park store at (206) 366-3311.