Brenda Cooper

Published Work

General Information

My novels are represented by Eleanor Wood, from the Spectrum Literary Agency.

I encourage people living in my area to drop by my favorite local bookstores.  These include ParkPlace Books in Kirkland, which the town I live in, the University Bookstore in Seattle in the University District, and Powells, especially Powell’s Beaverton where I often do readings.

Published Novels

BUILDING HARLEQUIN’S MOON” with Larry Niven. Tor Books, June 2005. What happens to the first interstellar starship to leave Earth? Meet people who must challenge their own treasured core beliefs to survive a devastating mishap.

THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA,” Tor Books, March 2007. How will human prejudice play out when the differences between people are truly more than skin deep?  Follow six genetically improved children who have been left behind on the colony planet Fremont, where the inhabitants mistrust anyone who is not an “original” human.

“READING THE WIND,” sequel to “THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA,” Tor Books, July 2008.  This book continues to explore war and prejudice in a time when genetic enhancements are the norm and humans live in a world even more saturated with information than ours.  Visit the Five Worlds, and return to Fremont.

WINGS OF CREATION,” sequel to “READING THE WIND” and “THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA,” Tor books. Nov, 2009.  Our heroes are challenged with betrayals they never expected and prepared to go to war.

MAYAN DECEMBER,” Prime Books, August 2011, Edited by Paula Guran.

THE CREATIVE FIRE,” Pyr, November 2012

THE DIAMOND DEEP,” Pyr, Forthcoming in October 2013.

Published Short Fiction

“Ice and Mirrors,” with Larry Niven, February 2001, Asimov’s Science Fiction

“Choosing Life,” with Larry Niven, January 2002, Analog Science Fiction

“Finding Myself,” with Larry Niven, June 2002, Analog Science Fiction

reprinted, Scatterbrain, by Larry Niven

“Free Floaters,” with Larry Niven, August 2002, Asimov’s Science Fiction

“A Gift of Maps,” The Salal Review, Spring 2002.

“Linda’s Dragon,” Analog Science Fiction, July/August 2003

“The Trellis,” with Larry Niven, Analog Science Fiction, November 2003

“Touches the Earth,” DAW Books, in Valdemar anthology, SUN IN GLORY, edited by Mercedes Lackey.

“The War of the Flowers,” Strange Horizons, January, 2004.

“StarGarden,” Oceans of the Mind, Spring 2004.

“Savant Songs,” Analog, December, 2004. Chosen for David Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s Year’s Best SF10. Finalist for the Sturgeon award. Now available on Kindle.

“A Lingering Scent of Bacon,” a story in “MAIDEN, MATRON, CRONE,” a collection published by Daw books and edited by Kerrie Hughes. Now available on Kindle.

“Kath and Quicksilver,” with Larry Niven, Asimov’s, November 2005.

“Recovery,” Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Volume 6, number 3.

“Black Armbands,” a story in a DAW anthology entitled “TIME AFTER TIME,” edited by Denise Little.

“Dawn of Sorrows,” in CROSSROADS, a Valdemar story anthology, published by DAW Books, edited by Mercedes Lackey.

“Isaac’s Granddaughter,” Salal Review, 2006 issue.

“The Horses of the High Hills,” a story for the DAW anthology entitled “CHILDREN OF MAGIC,” edited by Kerrie Hughes.

“My Grandfather’s River,” Nature Magazine, August 17th, 2006. Now available as a free podcast at Escape Pod in issue 232.

“The Terror Bard,” with Larry Niven, to Lou Anders for his anthology “Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge.”

“Trainer of Whales,” a story in the DAW anthology entitled “The Future We Wish we Had,” edited by Rebecca Lickiss.

“Alien Graveyards,” October/November edition of AlienSkin Magazine (flash fiction).

“A Hand and Honor,” Nature Magazine, Editor, Henry Gee. Now available as a podcast on Starship Sofa.

“Friends in the High Hills,” a story for the DAW anthology entitled “Fellowship Fantastic,” edited by Kerrie Hughes.

“Blood Bonds,” The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2, Solaris Books, February, 2008. Edited by George Mann.

“Mayan Summer,” Khimairal Ink, January 2008

“Mayan Wayfinding,” Mallorn, the Journal of the Tolkien Society, edited by Henry Gee, 2008

“Jack of the High Hills,” a story for the DAW anthology entitled “The Dimension Next Door,” edited by Kerrie Hughes, July 2008

“The Power of Three,” for a DAW anthology set in Mercedes’ Lackey’s Valdemar, entitled “Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar,” December, 2008.

For the Love of Mechanical Minds,” Nature Magazine, Editor, Henry Gee. February 12, 2009 issue.

“The Licit Zone.” A Kindle original, published in July, 2009. Available on the Kindle.

“In Their Garden,” Asimov’s Science Fiction, Shiela Williams, ed., September, 2009.  Chosen for David Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s Year’s Best SF15.

“Speaker for the Mayans,” Steampunk Tales issue 2. My very first steampunk story.  Available for the iphone, on the Kindle, etc.

“Sailors in a Sea of Suns,” Footprints Anthology, edited by Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds

“The Last Part of the Way,” in the anthology “Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar,” edited by Mercedes Lackey.

“Her Black Mood,” a story for the DAW anthology titled, “Killer Bunnies and Zombie Racoons,” edited by Kerrie Hughes.

“The Robots’ Girl,” Analog, Stan Schmidt, ed., April 2010
Reprinted in the Russian Magazine ESLI (IF)

“Riding in Mexico,” in the online magazine “Daybreak,” edited by Jetse deVries

“Mind Expeditions,” Nature Magazine, May 2010, Henry Gee, ed.

My Father’s Singularity,”  Clarkesworld Issue #46, June 2010, and selected for Gardener Dozois’ Best SF 28

“SINGLE LARRY TI, or Fear of Black Holes and Ken” Analog, Stan Schmidt, July/August double issue

“The Hebras and the Demons and the Damned,” Analog, Stan Schmidt, ed., December 2010,Chosen for David Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s Year’s Best SF16.

“Songs of a Certain Sort” in a DAW anthology set in Mercedes’ Lackey’s Valdemar, entitled “Finding the Way,” December, 2010.

“Second Shift,” in the anthology “Love and Rockets,” edited by Kerrie Hughes.

“Cracking the Sky,” for the anthology “Defending The Future IV, No Man’s Land,” edited by Danielle Ackerly-McPhail.

“Phoenix Dogs” in Tales for Canterbury, a benefit anthology for the Christchurch quake victims

“Shay” in a forthcoming Valdemar anthology, edited by Mercedes Lackey and published by DAW Books

“The Ghost in the Doctor” in a DAW anthology titled “Westward Weird” and edited by Kerrie Hughes

“Tea with Jillian” in Futures from Nature

Published Non-fiction

“Collaborative e-Gov,” with Toni Cramer, Government West, December 2002.

“The Blue Curtain,” and essay in the benefit anthology  “Breaking Waves:  An anthology for Gulf Coast Relief,” edited by Tiffany Trent and Phyllis Irene Radford, and available at Book View Cafe


“Raising Horses in the Rain,” The Salal Review, Spring 2001

The Multiple Universe Poems,”  Strange Horizons, 14 September, 2009.


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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