Kage Baker in 2009
|Born||June 10, 1952|
Hollywood, California, United States
|Died||January 31, 2010 (aged 57)|
Pismo Beach, California, United States
|Genre||Science fiction |
Baker was born and raised in Hollywood, California, and lived in Pismo Beach later in life. Before becoming a professional writer she spent many years in theater, including teaching Elizabethan English as a second language. Her unusual first name (pronounced like the word cage) is a combination of the names of her two grandmothers, Kate and Genevieve.
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 January 2010, it was reported that Baker was seriously ill with cancer. She died from uterine cancer at approximately 1:00 a.m. on January 31, 2010, in Pismo Beach, California. She was survived by five younger siblings, mostly located in southern and central 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.
Baker left an unfinished novel, Nell Gwynne's On Land and At Sea, which has been completed by Kathleen Bartholomew based on extensive notes left by Baker, and was published in 2012.
Novels set in the Company universeEdit
- In the Garden of Iden (1997)
- Sky Coyote (1999)
- Mendoza in Hollywood (2000) (published in the UK as At the Edge of the West)
- The Graveyard Game (2001)
- The Life of the World to Come (2004)
- The Children of the Company (2005)
- The Machine's Child (2006)
- The Sons of Heaven (2007)
- The Empress of Mars (2009) (novel version)
- Not Less than Gods (2010)
- Nell Gwynne's On Land and At Sea (2012)
Short story collections set in the Company universeEdit
- Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers (2002)
- Gods and Pawns (2007)
- In the Company of Thieves (2013)
Standalone novellas set in the Company universeEdit
- The Empress of Mars (2003) (novella version)
- The Angel in the Darkness (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
- Rude Mechanicals (2007)
- The Women of Nell Gwynne's (limited edition, 2009)
Novels set in the universe of The Anvil of the WorldEdit
- The Anvil of the World (2003)
- The House of the Stag (2008) (Prequel to The Anvil of the World)
- The Bird of the River (2010)
Novels and novellasEdit
- Where the Golden Apples Grow (2006) (novella)
- Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key (2008) (novella)
- The Hotel Under the Sand (2009) (juvenile) Tachyon Publications
Short story collectionsEdit
- Mother Ægypt and Other Stories (2004) (title story takes place in the Company universe)
- "Dark Mondays" (2006)
- The Best of Kage Baker (2012) (includes stories set in and out of the Company universe)
- Ancient Rockets: Treasures and Trainwrecks of the Silent Screen (2012) Tachyon Publications
- Kage Baker. "Bio". Archived from the original on October 3, 2007. Retrieved September 26, 2007.
- "Obituary: Kage Baker," SF Site, January 31, 2010
- "Elizabethan English as a Second Language". Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- "Theodore Sturgeon Award". Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
- Kage Baker Papers, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection, Northern Illinois University
- "World Fantasy Awards Home Page". Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
- "Kage Baker Health Update". Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
- "The 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Nominees". AussieCon 4. April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
- "2009 World Fantasy Awards Nominees". Locus Online News.
- Standlee, Kevin (May 15, 2010). "Nebula Awards Results". Science Fiction Awards Watch. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- "Final novel by Kage Baker, Nell Gwynne's On Land and At Sea to be released". Upcoming4.me. Archived from the original on February 19, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Eldridge, Cat (June 1, 2005). "An Interview with Kage Baker". The Green Man Review. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Gevers, Nick (Winter 2009). "Interview: Of Mars and the Spanish Main: An Interview with Kage Baker by Nick Gevers". Subterranean Press. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Hartwell, David (September 7, 2010). "On Kage Baker". Tor.com. Macmillan. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Martini, Adrienne (June 2004). "An Interview with Kage Baker". Bookslut. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- Vandermeer, Jeff (March 2007). "An Interview with Kage Baker". Clarkesworld Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Kage Baker|
- Official website
- Kathleen, Kage & the Company Kage's sister Kathleen's blog about continuing Kage's legacy
- Kage Baker at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Kage Baker, entry at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 3rd edition (draft)
- Kage Baker's online fiction at Free Speculative Fiction Online
- Susan O'Fearna's illustrated bibliography
- Review, In the Garden of Iden
- Review, Sky Coyote
- Review, The Anvil of the World