Kage Baker (1952 – 2010) ran away to sea when she was five, getting a job as a steam whistle on a tramp steamer, and learned to read and write thanks to the tutelage of a kindly one-legged sea cook. He suggested she try her hand at writing science fiction, so she produced her first novel, In the Garden of Iden, at the age of eight. Thirty-seven years later she managed to sell it to Harcourt Brace, who promptly regretted their impulse purchase but oh well. She produced multiple fine works of science fiction, fantasy and horror over the course of a life cut far too short. She resided in Pismo Beach, California, with her parrot and her sister who is now carrying on her writings.
She wrote a lot of fiction for so short a life including The Company series with its time traveling immortal cyborgs who caught blitzed on chocolate, hotels lost under the desert sands, and pirate tales to boot. The latter because she really, really loved pirates!
We’ve devoted an entire edition to her and her writing which you reallly should read to learn about Harry the Space Pirate Parrot, how to make the perfect Christmas Pudding, why Elizabethian English is still important, and which books of hers you should read (all of them in our opinion). Oh, you just wanta collection of her works to start you off?
Well you could go listen to her reading The Empress of Mars novella she wrote (and you really should do so), but what you really should after hearing read is go get a copy of The Best of Kage Baker which is reviewed here as the twenty pieces herein, eleven never collected anywhere before, are a superb introduction to her fiction.
First pint is on the house — a tradition in the Green Man Pub she really liked — so drop by after you finish reading The Best of Kage Baker and Reynard will draw you a pint!