Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper’s Biography

Brenda is a technology professional, a science fiction writer and a futurist.

Her most recent novel, THE CREATIVE FIRE, came out in November 2012 from Pyr.  The sequel, THE DIAMOND DEEP, wich completes this duology, will be out in October of 2014.  Brenda has four science fiction novels out with Tor books: THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA, its sequels, READING THE WIND and WINGS OF CREATION, and collaboration with Larry Niven, BUILDING HARLEQUIN’S MOON.  She also has a stand-alone historical fantasy/sf mashup from Prime, MAYAN DECEMBER.  Brenda’s short fiction has appeared in Nature, Analog, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, The Salal Review, and multiple anthologies.  Brenda is represented by Eleanor Wood at the Spectrum Literary Agency.

As a futurist, she has worked with Glen Hiemstra for over ten years. Brenda gives talks about the future, technology, and writing.  She blogs regularly at and periodically guest-blogs at and other venues.

Brenda is a member of the Futurist Board for the Lifeboat Foundation.


As a technology professional, Brenda started out in Aerospace, where she worked on some of the early efforts to apply knowledge engineering to the field. She is currently CIO of the City of Kirkland, Washington.

Brenda was educated at California State University, Fullerton, where she earned a BA in Management Information Systems. She lives in Bellevue, Washington with her partner, Toni Cramer, Toni’s daughter Katie, and two dogs. She has an adult son, David Cooper, a firefighter/paramedic with Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue.


I am a writer, public speaker, and a futurist. I’m interested in how new technologies might change us and our world, particularly for the better.

I’m excited about my most recent book series, a duology called “Ruby’s Song” which includes the books The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep, both published by Pyr.  I’m also doing a non-fiction blog series, Backing into Eden, which comes out roughly twice a month and explores ways to care for the world, now and in the future.

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