Brenda Cooper

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Mailing List! Book Giveaway!

I’m establishing a mailing list Hello!  I’m establishing a mailing list so that I have a better way to keep in touch with people who are interested in my writing. I’ve been using social media, which works well for many things. But I know I miss a lot of news from authors I like based […]

Finally, a Promise Kept: Wordfire contracts for The Making War

Many years ago, I put out my first series of novels. It began with The Silver Ship and the Sea.  As often happens with new children, not everything went well.  The Silver Ship and the Sea came out to good reviews and sold well for an SF debut by an unknown author.  It won the Endeavor […]

Edge of Dark Nominated for the P.K. Dick Award

I’m really touched and flattered and pleased….and a bit shocked happy.  I just learned that Edge of Dark is a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. The award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is […]

End of First Semester: Being a Mid-Career MFA Student

In my day job (IT Management), it’s normal to go back to school mid-career to get new skills and hop up a rung. Apparently the creative writing career is different; the goal of the MFA is to get published, and after you are published, you don’t really need one. But I’ve never been conventional. I […]

Nanwrimo Musings

Nanowrimo is not for everyone, and generally, its more for newer writers than me, although I do know many other pro writers who nano.  For any who don’t know, Nanowrimo is all about writing 50,000 words in a month, which the size of a smallish novel (My novels are usually 120,000 words). At any rate, […]

Six by Six Delivered

The Six by Six team all came through on our Kickstarter.  All six collections have been delivered to backers on time. Special thanks to Brad Beaulieu for being the architect, the experienced one, the marketing brains, the art director, the gang-wrangler, and the accountant.  A man of many hats.  Watch for his forthcoming “Song of […]

Women in Science Fiction, an Interview, and Intro Chapters

Skiffy an Fanty asked me to post about the current topic of the day – women in science fiction.  My thoughts are now posted over at their site – please do drop by and read.  If you want to include this as part of the meta-coversation, please post this on social media and comment etc. I also […]

Edge of Dark Readings Coming Soon

I’ve got a number of appearances coming soon.  The first is at the University Bookstore on the 4th of March.  This will be my first public reading of Edge of Dark where the book is actually available.  So it’s pretty much to launch party.  Come on down!  I’d love to have a full house of […]

Six by Six is Live!

I’m super excited to announce (finally!) the launch day for my very first Kickstarter. I’ve backed 50 (yes, 50) Kickstarter projects. They’ve varied from my Pebble watch to my friend’s books, from expensive things I haven’t yet gotten (but almost certainly will) to perfectly delivered delights. Only 5 have failed to fund. And here I am […]

Big Hieroglyph Events coming to AZ and Seattle

The Hieroglyph anthology was born in Arizona and nurtured at ASU, at the Center for Science and the Imagination. The center is an academic effort to mash up SF writers and scientists and see what comes out. Hieroglyph is one child of the center. This anthology of ambitious near-future SF was goosed along by Neal Stephenson’s poke at society […]