New Short Fiction

"Codename: Delphi"
Near-future science fiction from the story world of my Nebula-nominated novel The Red: First Light. Read it online in the April 2014 issue of Lightspeed Magazine.

"Halfway Home"
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.

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Linda Nagata

... and welcome to my personal website. I'm Linda Nagata, a science fiction and fantasy writer from Hawaii. I've published eleven novels—soon to be twelve—and numerous short stories.

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, my 2013 story "Nahiku West" was named as a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and my novel The Red: First Light has recently become the first self-published novel to be nominated for a Nebula 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.

If you'd like to know what's going on and when I have new work coming out, please consider signing up for my "very occasional newsletter" (see the "New Book Alert" form below). You can also "like" me on facebook or follow me on twitter. If you've read and enjoyed my work, I hope you'll consider writing a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or mentioning it on social media. I'm ever grateful for your support!


contact: linda at mythicisland dot com

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Please visit my blog and let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you. Here's a sample of my recent ramblings:

April 18, 2014

Weight Loss & Body Image

This is a post on diet and weight loss -- not something I usually blog about -- but under the circumstances these subjects have been much on my mind.

I now weigh 113 pounds. Why is this significant? Because before I fractured my jaw on March 6, I weighed about 126 pounds. To give you some perspective, I’m 53 years old, 5’4” tall, and fairly athletic--on the day before my accident I ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill in under thirty-two minutes, followed by a weight-lifting session which included a few chin-ups and 120-lb underhand lat pull downs. If you’d asked me at the time, I would have said that I could stand to lose five or six pounds — though I wasn’t too concerned about it.

But now that I have lost weight, I’m interested in the process, especially since our culture spends so much time debating the most effective way to drop pounds.

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Updated April 18, 2014

The Red: Trials


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"Linda Nagata's The Red: First Light begins like a shot and never lets you go. Well-written, thrilling, and thoughtful, The Red: First Light is science fiction at its best."
—Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo-award winner & USA Today bestselling author


A near-future science fiction thriller

Nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award (Novel)

"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 if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear. (Hazard Notice: contains military grade profanity.)

" amazing novel... The Red: First Light is a dark, intelligent, cynical take on military SF. It's an excellent novel that deserves a much larger audience."

—Stefan Raets,

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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

A Note to New Readers...

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.


Stories of the Puzzle Lands - Published by Mythic Island Press LLC

Stories of the Puzzle Lands - Book 1

The Dread Hammer - a tale of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate

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.

Stories of the Puzzle Lands - Book 2

Hepen the Watcher - a tale of exile, rebellion, fidelity, and fire

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.

Short Story Collections - Published by Mythic Island Press LLC

Goddesses & Other Stories by Linda Nagata

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

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Two Stories: "Nahiku West" & "Nightside On Callisto" by Linda Nagata

Two science fiction stories originally published in 2012. Both stories have been included in 2012 best-of-the-year anthologies!

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"Through Your Eyes" by Linda Nagata

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 Asimovs Science Fiction, this short story inspired the novel The Red: First Light. (~6,200 words)

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The Nanotechnology Novels . . . now, The Nanotech Succession

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.

Tech-Heaven - A Prequel to the Nanotech Succession

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.

The Bohr Maker - Book 1 of the Nanotech Succession

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.

Deception Well - Book 2 of the Nanotech Succession

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.

Vast - Book 3 of the Nanotech Succession

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.

The Nanotech Succession Omnibus Edition

All four novels of the Nanotech Succession in one ebook. Includes Tech-Heaven, The Bohr Maker, Deception Well, and Vast.


Other Story Worlds:


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.

Limit of Vision

A near-future thriller set in the steamy Mekong Delta. Ethics and evolution collide in this tale of runaway biotechnology.


Skye Object 3270a

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!

The Wild

An origin myth and a tale of high fantasy.

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