Fiction by Linda Nagata

Newsletter Signup

Want to be notified when a new book or short story is out, along with other writing-related news? Use this form to sign up for my very occasional newsletter. Your email address will be used only for my newsletter, will not be shared, and of course you can unsubscribe at any time.


contact: linda at mythicisland dot com

About Me

I hate writing biographies. There just really isn't that much to say--it's all been pretty close to ordinary. I was born in San Diego and lived there for ten years before my Dad (who was always inclined to pursue an adventure) decided to accept a transfer to Guam. My Mom apparently did not agree, so while Dad went venturing in the south seas, we stayed in California until another transfer came through, this time to Pearl Harbor. So it was off to Hawaii, where I have lived ever since.

I grew up in a rented beach house on the north shore of Oahu, which may sound ideal, but at the time the local high school had one of the lowest academic ratings in the state (most students had English as a second language), and it was all a bit isolating for someone in love with science and reading.

College was a life-saver. I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in zoology. The day after graduating I took off to Maui, where my soon-to-be-husband lived and worked.

Maui has been home ever since. Ron and I have raised two kids together. I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom for a number of years--a situation that required a very tight budget, but also proved to be, until quite recently, my most productive writing years.

From 2000 to 2008 I worked full time as a web programmer, and consequently my fiction writing dwindled to nearly nothing. That job ended with the recession, and gradually, I returned to writing.

I started my career in traditional publishing, but when I started writing again I went "indie," republishing my backlist of science fiction novels and bringing out original books including the quirky grim-dark fantasy duet Stories of the Puzzle Lands, as well as the near-future thriller The Red: First Light, which became the first self-published novel to be nominated for the Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

Now I've returned to traditional publishing. The Red: First Light along with two sequels were acquired by Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All three were released in 2015.

But novels aren't all I do! I've also had a number of short stories published in venues including Analog, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and various anthologies.

Look for me on Twitter, and if you'd like to be informed when I have something new available, please use the keep-in-contact form at the top of this page to SIGN UP for my "very occasional newsletter." It's the best way to stay in touch.

Linda Nagata

Updated January 21, 2016

A Bibliography of Linda Nagata's Published Fiction:

last update: March 5, 2017

"Spectral Expectations," short story, ANALOG, April 1987

"Career Decision," short story, ANALOG, October 1988

"In the Tide," short story, ANALOG (cover story), September 1989

"In the Tide," Japanese translation by Takashi Ogawa, Hayakawa's SF Magazine, November 1996.

"Small Victories," novelette, ANALOG, September 1993

"Liberator," novelette, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, June 1993

"Old Mother," short story, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, April 1995

THE BOHR MAKER, novel, mass market paperback, Bantam Spectra, April 1995

THE BOHR MAKER, hard cover edition published by the Science Fiction Book Club, 1995

THE BOHR MAKER, Japanese translation by Naoya Nakahara, Hayakawa Publishing, 1998

Limit of Vision/Lübbe/German translation THE BOHR MAKER, Polish translation "Struktor Bohra," Zysk, 1998

TECH-HEAVEN, novel, mass market paperback, Bantam Spectra, December 1995

"The Bird Catcher's Children," novelette, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, January 1997

DECEPTION WELL, novel, mass market paperback, Bantam Spectra, February 1997

DECEPTION WELL, Japanese translation, Hayakawa Publishing, February 1999

"Hooks, Nets & Time," novelette, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, August 1997

"The Flood," short story, MORE AMAZING STORIES, an anthology, ed. Kim Mohan, Tor Books, Feb. 1998

Limit of Vision/Bragelonne/French translation VAST, novel, mass market paperback, Bantam Spectra, August 1998

VAST, hard cover edition by British publisher Millennium, March 2000

"Goddesses", novella published online by Sci-Fi.com, July-August 2000

"Goddesses", anthology (hardcopy), Nebula Awards Showcase 2002, April 2002

"Goddesses", Polish Translation, anthology (hardcopy), Kameleon Magazine, date unknown

LIMIT OF VISION, novel, hardcover Tor Books, April 2001

LIMIT OF VISION, novel, mass market paperback, Tor Books, July 2002

LIMIT OF VISION, German translation, Lübbe

Liberator, French Translation MEMORY, novel, hardcover Tor Books, April 2003

MEMORY, novel, trade paperback Tor Books, June 2004

MEMORY, novel, mass market paperback Tor Books, January 2006

SKYE OBJECT 3270A, novel (young adult), PDF e-book Mythic Island Press, June 2007 (discontinued)

LIMIT OF VISION, novel, French translation, Bragelonne, March 2008

"Liberator," novelette, French Translation via Galaxies, plus reviews and interviews, May 2010

TECH-HEAVEN, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2010

THE BOHR MAKER, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2010

DECEPTION WELL, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2010

VAST, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2010

SKYE OBJECT 3270A, novel (young adult), ebook edition (Kindle & Nook), Mythic Island Press LLC, December 2010

"Goddesses", novella, Kindle edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, January 2011 (discontinued November 2011; replaced with short fiction collection GODDESSES & OTHER STORIES)

LIMIT OF VISION, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, January 2011

SKYE OBJECT 3270A, novel (young adult), print edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, February 2011

MEMORY, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, March 2011

THE DREAD HAMMER by Trey Shiels (a pen name of Linda Nagata), novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, April 2011

THE DREAD HAMMER by Trey Shiels (a pen name of Linda Nagata), novel, print edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, May 2011

"In the Tide," short story, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, June 2011

THE BOHR MAKER, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, July 2011

"Hooks, Nets & Time," novelette, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, August 2011

DECEPTION WELL, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, August 2011

VAST, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, September 2011

TECH-HEAVEN, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, October 2011

GODDESSES & OTHER STORIES, short fiction collection, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2011

THE DREAD HAMMER, novel, re-published under the author name Linda Nagata with new cover art, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, February 2012

THE DREAD HAMMER, novel, re-published under the author name Linda Nagata with new cover art, print edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, February 2012

THE NANOTECH SUCCESSION OMNIBUS EDITION, four novels, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, February 2012

HEPEN THE WATCHER, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, March 2012

HEPEN THE WATCHER, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, March 2012

"Nightside On Callisto," short story, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE, May 2012 (available online)

GODDESSES & OTHER STORIES, short fiction collection, print edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, July 2012

"Nahiku West," novelette, ANALOG, October 2012 (released in July 2012). Finalist for the 2013 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

"A Moment Before It Struck," short story, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE, August 2012 (available online)

TWO STORIES: "NAHIKU WEST" AND "NIGHTSIDE ON CALLISTO," short fiction collection, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2012

"Through Your Eyes," short story, ASIMOV'S, April/May 2013 double issue

THE RED: FIRST LIGHT, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, March 2013

THE RED: FIRST LIGHT, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, March 2013

"Nahiku West," novelette, republished in BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR Vol. 7, ed. Jonathan Strahan, April 2013

"Out In The Dark," short story, ANALOG, June 2013 issue

"Nahiku West," novelette, republished in THE YEAR'S TOP TEN TALES OF SCIENCE FICTION 5, ed. Allan Kaster, (audio & ebook) July 2013

"Nahiku West," novelette, republished in THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2013, ed. Rich Horton, July 2013

"Nightside On Callisto," short story, republished in THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: THIRTIETH ANNUAL COLLECTION, ed. Gardner Dozois, July 2013

"Halfway Home," short story, NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE, September 2013 (available online). Named to the Locus Recommended Reading List.

THE WILD, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, December 2013

"Codename: Delphi," short story, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE, April 2014 (available online).

"Halfway Home," short story, republished in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME SIX, ed. Ellen Datlow, May 2014

"Attitude," short story, REACH FOR INFINITY ed. Jonathan Strahan, May 2014

"Out In The Dark," short story, republished in THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2014, ed. Rich Horton, June 2014

"Light and Shadow," novelette, WAR STORIES eds. Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak, August 2014

"The Way Home," short story, OPERATION ARCANA, ed. John Joseph Adams, March 2015

"The Way Home," short story, republished in LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE, March 2015 (available online).

"Light and Shadow," novelette, republished in THE YEAR'S BEST MILITARY SF & SPACE OPERA edited by David Afsharirad, June 2015

"Codename: Delphi," short story, republished in THE YEAR'S BEST MILITARY SF & SPACE OPERA edited by David Afsharirad, June 2015

THE RED (re-release of THE RED: FIRST LIGHT/The Red Trilogy, Book 1), novel, hardcover, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, June 2015

THE RED (re-release of THE RED: FIRST LIGHT/The Red Trilogy, Book 1), novel, mass market paperback, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, June 2015

THE RED (re-release of THE RED: FIRST LIGHT/The Red Trilogy, Book 1), novel, ebook edition, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, June 2015

THE RED (The Red Trilogy, Book 1), novel, audio edition, Audible, June 2015

THE RED (The Red Trilogy, Book 1), novel, United Kingdom edition, ebook, Mythic Island Press LLC, August 2015

THE TRIALS (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 2), novel, hardcover, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, August 2015

THE TRIALS (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 2), novel, mass market paperback, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, August 2015

THE TRIALS (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 2), novel, ebook edition, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, August 2015

THE TRIALS (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 2), novel, audio edition, Audible, August 2015

THE TRIALS (The Red Trilogy, Book 2), novel, United Kingdom edition, ebook, Mythic Island Press LLC, September 2015

Mondadori/Italian translation GOING DARK (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 3), novel, hardcover, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, November 2015

GOING DARK (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 3), novel, mass market paperback, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, November 2015

GOING DARK (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 3), novel, ebook edition, Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, November 2015

GOING DARK (A Red Thriller/The Red Trilogy, Book 3), novel, audio edition, Audible, November 2015

GOING DARK (The Red Trilogy, Book 3), novel, United Kingdom edition, ebook, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2015

Rebis/Polish translation RED (The Red Trilogy, Book 1), Italian translation, Mondadori, May 2016

"Nahiku West," novelette, republished in CLARKESWORLD, July 2016 (available online)

CZERWIEŃ (The Red Trilogy, Book 1), Polish translation, Rebis, August 2016

LIGHT AND SHADOW: Eight Short Stories, collection, ebook, Mythic Island Press LLC, November 2016

MORGENGRAUEN (The Red Trilogy, Book 1), German translation, Amigo-Grafik, November 2016

THE LAST GOOD MAN, novel, ebook edition, Mythic Island Press LLC, June 2017

THE LAST GOOD MAN, novel, trade paperback, Mythic Island Press LLC, June 2017