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Award Eligible Work — 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

(This post is from November, but I’m pinning it to the top of my blog for a bit since we are now in AWARD SEASON, and I long ago gave up being shy about this sort of thing. 🙂 )

For those of you who like to nominate for the annual science fiction and fantasy awards, including the Nebula and Hugo awards, here’s a roundup of my 2017 award-eligible work.

In the novel category…
The Last Good Man
A high-tech, near-future thriller

Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete. Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han. ReqOp has embraced the new technologies. Robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence are all tools used to augment the skills of veteran warfighters-for-hire. But the tragedy of war is still measured in human casualties, and when True makes a chance discovery during a rescue mission, old wounds are ripped open. She’s left questioning what she knows of the past, and resolves to pursue the truth, whatever the cost. (June 2017)

Publishers Weekly starred review
On the Locus Recommended Reading List

In the short story category…
Diamond and the World Breaker” is short story in the anthology Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams (April 2017).

The Martian Obelisk” is short story available to read online at, editor: Ellen Datlow (July 2017).

“The Martian Obelisk” has been included in five best-of-year anthologies:
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 12, edited by Jonathan Strahan
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty Fifth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
The Best Science Fiction Of The Year – Volume 3, edited by Neil Clarke
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition, edited by Rich Horton
• …and one that I don’t think has been announced yet.

Region Five” is a military science fiction short story set in the story world of the Red. Find it in the anthology Infinite Stars, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt (October 2017).

➛ SFWA members: an ebook edition of The Last Good Man is available for download in the SFWA Forum. Once you’re logged in, you can find it by following this link.

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by.

Reminder: Sci-Fi Bridge Fall Giveaway

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

During 2017 I’ve participated in a few promotions run by Sci-Fi Bridge, an author-created group seeking to mutually expand our reader base. Sci-Fi Bridge is sponsoring one more contest that I want to share with you. Sign up for the Sci-Fi Bridge newsletter (and separate author newsletters if you choose to) during the fall giveaway, and be entered to win collections of signed print books among other things. Details are here.

Two Reviews and a Contest

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Before we leave September behind, I wanted to link to two online reviews of The Last Good Man.

Locus is a trade magazine focused on science fiction and fantasy and has been in print for decades. Issues include publishing news, interviews, and reviews. In the September issue — both print and online — Russell Letson reviews The Last Good Man:

Nagata has devised a thinking-reader’s future-military scenario, a highly qualified adventure in which every thrill comes with a realization of what it costs, what it says about the world that enables it, what it means to fight and kill and face death.

Read the full review here.

And at “Nerds of a Feather” (got to love that name), Joe Sherry has posted a mini-review, saying “Nagata’s near future military sci-fi is as good as it gets.” Read the mini-review here.

The Contest
During 2017 I’ve participated in a few promotions run by Sci-Fi Bridge, an author-created group seeking to mutually expand our reader base. Sci-Fi Bridge is sponsoring one more contest that I want to share with you. Sign up for the Sci-Fi Bridge newsletter (and separate author newsletters if you choose to) during the fall giveaway, and be entered to win collections of signed print books among other things. Details are here.

Newsletter Contest Results

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Thank you to all those newsletter subscribers who participated in my recent giveaway contest. The prizes were three audiobook codes for The Last Good Man, and a paperback copy of the Red trilogy. Winners have been notified.

For those on Twitter, here’s one more chance to win an audiobook code. Retweet the tweet below TODAY, and be entered to win. Contest ends at midnight August 31, Hawaiian Standard Time. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Audiobook Giveaway

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow. If you’re not subscribed, now is a good time to sign up, because the issue will include a chance to win an audiobook code for The Last Good Man (worldwide) and a paperback edition of the Red trilogy (USA only). Use the signup box in the righthand column to subscribe.

Friday News Roundup

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Over at New Books Network, I talk to Gabrielle Mathieu about The Last Good Man.

Also, don’t miss the podcast with The Three Hoarsemen that posted a couple of weeks ago.

The Verge is a popular technology and science magazine. Last week editor Andrew Liptak reviewed The Last Good Man calling it “a fantastic, lightning-fast thriller that hits all the right notes: an engaging story set in an all-too-plausible future, advanced technology, plenty of action, and fantastic, well-rounded characters.” Read the full review here.

Goodreads Giveaway:
This is my second Goodreads Giveaway for The Last Good Man. You have until July 31 to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man

by Linda Nagata

Giveaway ends July 31, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Friday News Roundup

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

First, thank you to everyone who’s helped with this week’s launch of The Last Good Man! Social media posts, shares, retweets, and comments all make a real difference in getting the word out. And a special thank you to all who have posted reader reviews on Goodreads and Amazon! The novel is off to a great start in both places, but if you’ve got the time to post a review of your own, please do! It really does help.

Here are some recent events:

The newest review is from Jerry D. Lenaburg at the New York Journal of Books, who very kindly says, “Nagata is rapidly assuming her place among the greats of military science fiction.” Check it out here.

On Wednesday I was over at John Scalzi’s blog talking about the not-exactly-market-savvy Big Idea behind The Last Good Man.

Also on Wednesday, DJ interviews me the blog “MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape.”

On Thursday I got to visit Chuck Wendig’s blog, TerribleMinds, where I talked about “Five Things I Learned Writing The Last Good Man.” Stop by for some insights on the writing process.

Imminent Release + Review Roundup

Monday, June 19th, 2017


That’s right! The ebook edition of The Last Good Man releases at midnight tonight — midnight wherever you are … I think? The print edition is already on sale at Amazon, and soon will be at other vendors — and of course you can still preorder it.

In the meantime, some new reviews have appeared:

Sharon Browning writes for the review site LitStack. I blush to quote it, but she says, “The Last Good Man excels on so many different levels, there is simply no reason for you not to go out and experience it, regardless of your reading preferences. Honestly, it’s that good.” Read the review here.

“Reading Over The Shoulder” is a review blog with a unique setup. It’s structured in the form of series of letters between two brothers currently living thousands of miles apart. Robert is the elder brother. He describes The Last Good Man as “a unique experience in all the right ways and I definitely recommend this book. Not much left to say, so go out there and get it!” Read the full review here.

Dolly runs the review blog “Just Talking About Books” where she and associate reviewer Marta cover many genres. Read Dolly’s review of The Last Good Man here. She says it’s “Highly Recommended.”

UK and Ireland Sale

Monday, June 19th, 2017

For readers in the UK and Ireland…the ebook edition of THE RED: FIRST LIGHT is on sale at Kobo through the end of the month. If you’ve already read it, you can still tell your friends!

I don’t have a direct link since I can’t see the UK store from here, but you can search on this ID: 9781937197193.

The Last Good Man:
Read the opening chapter!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Or should I say, “Read the opening chapter and preorder!”

Yes, yes, I’m pushing this book AND I’m pushing preorders. I’ll be blunt and say that I’ve come to see this as a do-or-die novel for me. (See my “On Promotion” post.) Either New York publishing was right in deciding that my work cannot earn a reasonable return on the investment, or they made a big mistake when they gave me the opportunity to publish The Last Good Man on my own. All of you, the readers (the potential readers), get to decide which it is.

Do you want to talk numbers? We can. So far — five days after preorder links went up — I’ve pre-sold thirty-one ebook copies. Thank you, THANK YOU, to everyone who has preordered.

Can I persuade more of you to do so?

Visit this page to see what early readers have said about the story and then scroll down to read the opening chapter.

Does The Last Good Man strike you as a story that would appeal to you? If so, please consider a preorder. And please mention The Last Good Man to your reading friends.

Thank you.