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Kage Baker

USA flag (1952 - 2010)

Kage Baker was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. She was born in Hollywood, California and lived there and in Pismo Beach most of her life. Before becoming a professional writer she spent many years in theater, including teaching Elizabethan English as a second language. She is best known for her "Company" series of historical time travel science fiction. Her first stories were published in Asimov's Science Fiction in 1997, and her first novel, In the Garden of Iden, by Hodder & Stoughton in the same year. Other notable works include Mendoza in Hollywood (novel, 2000) and "The Empress of Mars" (novella, 2003), which won the Theodore Sturgeon Award and was nominated for a Hugo Award.

In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. In 2009, her short story "Caverns of Mystery" and her novel House of the Stag were both nominated for World Fantasy Awards, but neither piece won. In January 2010, it was reported that Baker was seriously ill with cancer. She died from uterine cancer on January 31, 2010 in Pismo Beach, California.

In 2010, Baker's The Women of Nell Gwynne's was nominated for a Hugo Award and a World Fantasy Award in the Best Novella categories. On May 15, 2010, that work was awarded the 2009 Nebula Award in the Best Novella category.

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Kage Baker
Short stories
Facts Relating to the Arrest of Dr Kalugin (1997)
Noble Mold (1997)
Smart Alec (1999)
Son Observe the Time (1999)Hugo (nominee)

John W. Campbell Best Book nominee (1999) : In the Garden of Iden
Hugo Best Novella nominee (2000) : Son Observe the Time
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book nominee (2005) : The Anvil of the World
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (2009) : The House of the Stag
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2010) : The Hotel Under the Sand
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction nominee (2010) : The Hotel Under the Sand

Kage Baker recommends
Prospero Lost (2009)
(Prospero's Daughter, book 1)
L Jagi Lamplighter
"A tryuly original take on Shakespeare's The tempest. Should appeal to fans of Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber series."
Servant (2009)
(Dark God, book 1)
John D Brown
"A classic heroic saga, dealing with the bedrock issues of good and evil and identity. These are classic themes because they matter; and Brown makes them matter both to his young protagonist and the reader. It promises to continue for quite a distance, and I hope it does."

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