A dark fantasy with a here-&-now setting...or is it magic realism? Included in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six and named to the Locus Recommended Reading List, you can find it online at Nightmare Magazine.
Also see "Through Your Eyes"
The near-future story that inspired my novel The Red: First Light. Originally published in the April/May 2013 double issue of Asimov's and now available in ebook form from Mythic Island Press LLC.
... and welcome to my personal website. I'm Linda Nagata, a science fiction and fantasy writer with ten novels, a collection of short stories, and more books on the way.
My science fiction novels are usually considered "hard" science fiction, with an emphasis on character and story. The Bohr Maker won the Locus Award for best first novel, my novella "Goddesses" was the first online publication to receive a Nebula award, and in May of 2013 my story "Nahiku West" was named as a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
I also have a duet of short, fast-paced fantasy novels collectively titled Stories of the Puzzle Lands. Call them quirky sword and sorcery, or scoundrel-lit with heart: they touch on themes of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate, with some dark humor thrown in to make it all flow.
All my books are available through my own publishing imprint, Mythic Island Press LLC. All have ebook versions, and most are also available in print.
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February 25, 2014
2013 Nebula Nominee: The Red: First LightToday, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the nominees for the 2013 Nebula Awards, to be presented in 2014. I don't mind saying that I was a bit stunned but very pleased to learn that the The Red: First Light was on the novel shortlist.
Updated February 26, 2014
If you enjoyed my stories "Nahiku West," or "Out In The Dark", both originally published in Analog, you might also like my novel from the same story world—The Bohr Maker—a tale of nanotechnology, adventure, and high-tech revolution. Find it at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, and Book View Café. Or purchase directly from Mythic Island Press LLC.
A near-future science fiction thriller
"There Needs To Be A War Going On Somewhere"
Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive—because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him—but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent danger...as if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear. (Hazard Notice: contains military grade profanity.)
More praise for The Red: First Light
"Military fiction and high-tech speculation, complex and edgy characters, a pinch of Eichmann in the plot, sly bits of Frankenstein in the setting, ... make Linda Nagata's The Red: First Light compulsively readable."
—Vonda N. McIntyre, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of Dreamsnake, Starfarers, and The Moon and the Sun.
"...the same post-Vietnam sense of discontinuity that separates The Forever War from Starship Troopers, updated for the post-9/11 world."
—Russell Letson, Locus
"The Red: First Light is a fast-paced, exciting story about soldiering in the near future. The characters are likeable and well-drawn, and the piece is infused with the kind of careful, thought-provoking attention to "how might this work, really?" that has always been one of Nagata's particular strengths."
—Sean Stewart, author of the World Fantasy Award winner Galveston
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An enthralling, dark fantasy:
He lurks beside the forest road, a charming, well-armed young murderer, not altogether human. She draws near, a contrary shepherdess fleeing an unwanted marriage. When he overhears her prayer for help, whispered to the Dread Hammer, he decides to grant it--and love takes him by surprise. But love proves a greater challenge than murder.
The demon Dismay's murderous nature has earned him the ire of his beloved wife, who has sent him away in a fit of temper. He ventures into a foreign land, drawn by the prayers of abused and desperate women who beg him to grant them vengeance against the men who cruelly rule their lives--and Dismay is pleased to do it.
Still, murder is hard and dirty work.
An avid desire for a bath brings him to a fine Lutawan estate, where he meets two beautiful young women. They delight in their fierce guest—but their kindness to Dismay earns the wrath of the immortal king, Hepen the Watcher.
Ten science fiction stories, including my Nebula Award winning novella "Goddesses." This collection brings together for the first time my short fiction, originally published in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, More Amazing Stories, and SciFi.com.
Two science fiction stories originally published in 2012. Both stories have been included in 2012 best-of-the-year anthologies!
In near-future Manhattan, nineteen-year-old James Shelley is swept up in an antiwar protest. Originally published in the April/May 2013 double issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, this short story inspired the novel The Red: First Light. (~6,200 words)
The ebook is available for purchase at
The nanotechnology novels were originally published from 1995 through 1998 by Bantam Spectra. In November 2010 they were re-published as ebooks by Mythic Island Press LLC under the collective title The Nanotech Succession. Each novel works as a stand-alone story, but since they share the same story world and sometimes the same characters, they can also be read as a loose series. Tech-Heaven is a near-future prequel. The Bohr Maker is Book 1, followed by Book 2, Deception Well, and culminating in Book 3, Vast.
A political thriller that imagines the rise of nanotechnology in our world through the eyes of Katie Kishida, a mother and business woman whose life takes an extraordinary turn when she is widowed, and her husband's body is cryonically frozen against a time when advancing technology will allow his resurrection.
Society has expanded into the great orbital habitats known as the "Celestial Cities" and nanotechnology saturates every aspect of life--but the rules regulating its use are still being written. A brilliantly original, fast-paced thriller, The Bohr Maker won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
Advancing technology has allowed human civilization to expand across star systems, establishing settlements divided from one another by vast gulfs of space and time. But all along the frontier, human settlements are under attack by the ancient and deadly robotic warships of a mysterious alien race known as the Chenzeme.
Four people are aboard the great ship, Null Boundary. They are bound for the lightless clouds of dust and gas in the galaxy's Orion Arm, determined to find the source of the alien Chenzeme warships that have ravaged human civilization. Vast is an extraordinary adventure embracing the limitless nature of both space and time.
Science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds had some very nice things to say about Vast. Find his blog post here.
All four novels of the Nanotech Succession in one ebook. Includes Tech-Heaven, The Bohr Maker, Deception Well, and Vast.
A unique far-future adventure set on a world where the past rises up each night to rewrite the future.
Science fiction writer Tobias Buckell talks about Memory. Find his blog post here.
A near-future thriller set in the steamy Mekong Delta. Ethics and evolution collide in this tale of runaway biotechnology.
A far-future, high-adventure young-adult novel aimed at an advanced middle school audience. The story is set in the Deception Well story world, but is otherwise independent of that book and its characters. If you want to infect a new generation with the science-fiction meme, start here!
An origin myth and a tale of high fantasy.