Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

New Story: “The Martian Obelisk”

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

“The Martian Obelisk” is my first story for and it’s just up today. Find it here online.

This was a story I originally wrote a few years ago, but I wasn’t happy with it. It struck me as just too grim for the times.

Since then, we have entered a much grimmer age.

Last fall I pulled the story out of a file folder, re-read it, and decided to spend a little more time working on it. After putting it through another revision, I asked editor Ellen Datlow if she would like to see it. She agreed to take a look, and to my surprise and delight, she accepted it.

As grim as it is, “The Martian Obelisk” is also a sentimental story. On Twitter, Aimee Ogden described it as “starkly hopeful.” I think that’s right.

Illustration by Victor Mosquera.

Short Story Art

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Coming in July from, “The Martian Obelisk.”
Illustration by Victor Mosquera.
Acquiring editor is Ellen Datlow.

On Self-Rejection

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Two or three years ago I wrote a short story called “The Martian Obelisk.” I finished it, but I didn’t feel happy with the result. It was grim, and I didn’t want to write grim. I was further discouraged by well-meant critique comments. Nevertheless, I worked on the story for a few more days. But my doubts persisted, and in the end I self-rejected the story. I stopped working on it, and never sent it to any market.

This past December I decided to take another look at “The Martian Obelisk” and much to my surprise, the story was far better than I remembered. It still had issues, but enough time had passed that I could see them with fresh eyes. So I devoted more hours to revising it. Then I emailed Ellen Datlow, who acquires stories for, to ask if she would like to see it. I explained its history and mentioned that it felt more appropriate now, in the context of our grim present times, than when I had first drafted it.

Much to my surprise and delight, Ellen accepted the story. “The Martian Obelisk” is scheduled for publication on July 19.

I’ve often lectured others on not self-rejecting. It’s good advice. 😉

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six…

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

BestofYearVol6cover_200x301…is now available.

Edited by Ellen Datlow, this anthology includes my short story “Halfway Home,” originally published at Nightmare Magazine.

Find it in print and ebook versions at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or an indie bookstore near you.

There are twenty-four stories altogether. The table of contents can be reviewed here at SF Signal.

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Nightmare Magazine, September 2013Okay, I don’t really write horror…do I?

Nevertheless, I’m pleased and honored to say that my story “Halfway Home” has been included in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Six, edited by Ellen Datlow.

“Halfway Home” was originally published in Nightmare Magazine, September 2013, edited by John Joseph Adams. Find it here.

I also want to say — again — that the only reason I wrote this story is because one of my most supportive readers chided me at the end of 2012 for not meeting my goal of writing four short stories during the year. He helpfully pointed out that I still had four days before the end of the year. Who could step back from a challenge like that? So I wrote the story.

Thanks, Willy!

Here’s a link to the full table of contents.

Signal Boost: Fearful Symmetries

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Ellen Datlow is currently running a Kickstarter project to fund an anthology of all-original horror fiction to be called Fearful Symmetries.

Who is Ellen Datlow? Ahem! Just one of the most prominent short fiction editors in the speculative fiction field. Ellen was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and has “edited more than fifty anthologies, including the annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for 21 years and the Best Horror of the Year for the last five years.” Oh yes, and as editor of SCIFICTION Ellen bought my novella “Goddesses” which went on to win a Nebula Award. 🙂

If you’re a fan of horror fiction, consider supporting Fearful Symmetries. It’s sure to be an impressive anthology. You’ll find a lot more information here at the project’s Kickstarter page.