The Murderbot Diaries Reading Order: A Sci-fi series about an anxiety-prone AI by Martha Wells

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The Murderbot Diaries is a science-fiction series written by Martha Wells.

Reading The Murderbot Diaries Series in Order

There are two ways to read the series: You can read them in the order they were published or you can read them in chronological order. Note that the short stories are optional, they give more context to what you learn from the books.

The Murderbot Diaries Series in Publication Order

All Systems Red (2017)
Artificial Condition (2018)
Rogue Protocol (2018)
Exit Strategy (2018)
– The Future of Work: Compulsory (short story, 2018)
Network Effect (2020)
Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (2020, short story)
System Collapse (2023)

The Murderbot Diaries Series in Chronological Order

– The Future of Work: Compulsory (short story, 2018)
All Systems Red (2017)
Artificial Condition (2018)
Rogue Protocol (2018)
Exit Strategy (2018)
Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (2020, short story)
Fugitive Telemetry (2021)
Network Effect (2020)
System Collapse (2023)

More about The Murderbot Diaries series

The Story of The Murderbot Diaries

The Murderbot Diaries is about a violent, self-hacking robot searching for the meaning of life. Murderbot (that’s the name) is an artificial construct designed as a Security Unit and narrator of the series, self-described as paranoid and anxious, which manages to override its governor module, thus enabling it to develop independence.

It likes watching media, comfy clothes, showers and weapons. It doesn’t like being touched, Combat Bots, juveniles humans, humans who don’t listen (it is not fond of humans to be honest).

Does The Murderbot Diaries series need to be read in order?

Yes, you should read The Murderbot Diaries series in order. Specifically, the first four books in the series make a complete story. Books five and six can be switch up, though we would advice to follow the publication order for a first reading (as always).

How many books are there in the Murderbot Diaries series?

The Murderbot Diaries book series consists of six books and two short stories..

Where can I find The Murderbot Diaries’s short stories and novellas?

The short story “The Future of Work: Compulsory” can be read at Wired.com.

Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory” was a short story originally given free to readers who pre-ordered the book Network Effect. It is available on digital on Amazon.com.

Is there an adaptation of The Murderbot Diaries books series?

In 2021, Martha Wells revealed in an interview that there were plans for a TV Series, but it was still under development. There has been no more information since.

About the author of The Murderbot Diaries series

Who is Martha Wells?

Martha Wells is a Texas-born writer of science-fiction and fantasy fiction. Born on September 1, 1964, in Forth Worth, TX, Martha Wells wrote Star Wars and Godzilla fanfics when she was a teen. She received a B.A. in Anthropology, but took also science fiction and fantasy class during this time and wrote one of her first fantasy stories.

Martha Wells attended several writing workshops and conventions as an inspiring writer. If she failed to sell any of her short stories, her first novel, The Element of Fire, find a publisher quickly and was released in 1993. The book was nominated for several awards, but her career was not straightforward after that. She had some ups and downs, until things picked up again when her book The Cloud Roads was picked up by Night Shade.

Later, she found big success with The Murderbot Diaries series, for which she received four Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards and three Locus Awards.

It’s now been almost thirty years that Martha Wells write action-adventure stories, and her books have been translated into twelve languages.

What has Martha Wells written beyond The Murderbot Diaries series?

Martha Wells has also written several fantasy books, including the Books of the Raksura series which takes place in the Three Worlds, populated with hundreds of humanoid species, and The Ile-Rien books, set in a centralized monarchy that lies in peril, menaced by sorcerous threats and devious court intrigues.

Her new fantasy book, Witch King, will be released in 2023.