Linda Nagata

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Linda Nagata
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Author Linda Nagata
Born Linda Webb[1]
(1960-11-07) November 7, 1960 (age 55)
Pen name Trey Shiels[2]
Citizenship American
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

Linda Nagata (born November 7, 1960 in San Diego, California[1]) is a Hawaii-based American author of speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Her novella Goddesses was the first online publication to win the Nebula Award. She frequently writes in the Nanopunk genre, which features nanotechnology and the integration of advanced computing with the human brain.

Life and career[edit]

Nagata's family moved to Oahu, Hawai'i when she was ten years old.[1] She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa before moving to the island of Maui,[1] where she still lives with her family.[3]

Nagata began writing after graduating from university,[2] and published her first short story in 1987.[1] She now publishes under her independent imprint, Mythic Island Press, LLC., which publishes e-books and trade paperbacks.[2]


Main article: Nanopunk

Perhaps most recognized for her Nanotech Succession series, which is considered exemplary of the Nanopunk genre, Nagata's science fiction work has been read in relation to such authors as Kathleen Ann Goonan and Neal Stephenson.[4]



  • The Nanotech Succession
    • The Bohr Maker (1995)
    • Tech-Heaven (1995)
    • Deception Well (1997)
    • Vast (1998)
  • Limit of Vision (2001)
  • Memory (2003)
  • Skye Object 3270a (2011)
  • Stories of the Puzzle Lands (as Trey Shiels)
    • The Dread Hammer (2012)
    • Hepen the Watcher (2012)
  • The Red
    • The Red: First Light (2013)
    • The Trials (2015)
    • Going Dark (2015)

Short fiction collections[edit]

  • Goddesses and Other Stories (2011)
  • Two Stories: Nahiku West & Nightside on Callisto (2013)

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published in
Out in the Dark 2013 Analog 133/6 (June 2013)
Nightside on Callisto 2012 Lightspeed 24 (May 2012)
A moment before it struck 2012 Lightspeed 27 (August 2012)
Codename: Delphi 2014 Lightspeed 47 (April 2014)
"Attitude" 2014 Reach for Infinity (anthology, May 2014)[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Linda Nagata: Moving Forward". Locus Magazine. November 2000. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Loomis, Ilima (2011-06-26). "The magic of fantasy". The Maui News. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  3. ^ Nagata, Linda. "About Me". Personal Blog. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  4. ^ Aiyu Niu, Greta (Winter 2008). "Techno-Orientalism, Nanotechnology, Posthumans, and Post-Posthumans in Neal Stephenson's and Linda Nagata's Science Fiction". MELUS 33 (4): 73–96. doi:10.1093/melus/33.4.73. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Niall (12 June 2014). "Step into the Stars: Reach for Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Nagata, Linda". The LOCUS Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 

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