Kate MacLeod

Biography

Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two sons, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore. She has two dogs, Mugen and Tachikoma, and a cat named Spike Spiegel. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Abyss and Apex among others.

Where to find Kate MacLeod online


Books

In Quaking Hills
Pre-release—available January 30, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,730. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
After spending the last four days of her life hiding out from a deadly solar particle storm in an underground bunker, trapped with six treacherous women and a trio of girl assassins, Scout Shannon just wants to find the man who conned her mentor and leave her home world for good. Alas, the long-threatened war draws nearer and Scout finds herself caught in the middle.
Under Falling Skies
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,370. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Scout Shannon's whole family died the day the Space Farers dropped an asteroid on their domed city. Now she lives alone, out in the wild with only her dogs for company. She prefers it that way. "Under Falling Skies", a young adult science fiction novel, set on a remote planet with a distinctly Old West feel. For fans of gunslinging women and young girl assassins. And dogs.
I Rise into a Daybreak
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,010. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
When a cosmic monstrosity swallowed the Earth, the survivors fled to hide among the stars. The scars on Kara's mind linger from infancy to adolescence. The monster follows them wherever they go. Kara knows this whatever the others say. Then Kara and her family crash land near an empty mining town on an abandoned world. No functional pilot? No escape. And something lurks in the rainy fog, watching.
The Whole World for Each
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,910. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » General
After humankind fled Earth for space they discovered one inescapable truth. People die in space. And lots of dead people means lots of ghosts. April Nguyen earns a nice living getting rid of those ghosts. People all over the Solar System clamor for her aid. April's only problem? Never actually seeing a ghost.
Changing Tides
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The goddess Ninedinni loses an epic battle with her consort/son and falls to the sea. She washes ashore and a widow rescues her. Ninedinni feels the life already growing inside her. The cycle repeats: birth, childhood, adulthood, battle. For so many lifetimes Ninedinni tried to change the cycle, but always failed. "Changing Tides", a tale of humans and deities, and forces stronger than both.
Impostor Apparition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,840. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A confused ghost pulls herself out of nothingness to find a dead woman soaked in blood in a hollow outside of a temporary village of tents. The ghost remembers nothing, not even her own death. But the hollow stinks of magic. "The Impostor Apparition", a tale of murder and court intrigue, told by a most unusual narrator.
In the Waste Places
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ku-Aya drives her goats towards home, but danger follows close at their heels. Hungry hyenas desperate for food, sure, but something worse that drives the hyenas on. The fog. It rolls in from the mountains at sunset. The cities built walls to protect them, but Ku-Aya's village lies bare, only standing stones marking the graves of her ancestors keep her safe. If she reaches them in time.
Tales from Forgotten Days
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,380. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Tales from Forgotten Days" collects five never-before-seen stories from fantasy and science fiction writer Kate MacLeod: the high fantasy murder mystery "Impostor Apparition", the western weird tale "Unsafe, Unsound", the pseudo-Egyptian fantasy "Tear of a Sphinx", the early Bronze Age fantasy "Changing Tides" and "In the Waste Places", the sequel to "Oil Fire".
Unsafe, Unsound
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,560. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ethan and his family live on the outskirts of town, between civilization and the total lack of it. Ma always keeps the shotgun handy. Ethan's brother announces a nighttime visitor as "a dead man coming up the road". The man surely looks halfway to death, but Ethan fears his brother, touched in the head after a long illness, sees something else. Something more.
Tear of a Sphinx
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
One day a sphinx came to the city at the center of the world, ate half of the guests at the prince's wedding, and settled to roost atop the palace. The cost to free the city of this beast? A single tear from her eye. The cost of failure? She eats you.
The Mars of Malcontents
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,440. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Valentina knows how to live in the community spread throughout old mining caves under the Martian ice cap. A violent place in a forbidding climate but home for her and her brother. Until she wakes from a coma to find her brother gone. A journey from the polar ice cap to the Martian equator? Not enough to stop Valentina. Not with her brother on the line.
The Intergenerational Tree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,070. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Marie Marguerite has prepared all her life to travel on a generation ship, but then the uncle she's never met takes her off the ship before launch and leaves her in a dying mining station in the asteroid belt. The old couple there have secrets that just might prove deadly. Can Marie Marguerite alone without her friends escape before the station fails?
Trifle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Enid, the baker’s daughter, married a lord. All thanks to a very special cake recipe. Now a widow, she lives alone with her grown son. She runs his household with all the skill she learned as a baker’s daughter combined with the grace she learned as a noble lady. She loves it, but nothing lives forever, not even talented mothers who bake special cakes. Her son needs a wife.
The Onmyoji's Wife
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When a demon takes up residence in the princess's chambers, the onmyoji of Heian-Kyo find themselves fatally outmatched. They send for a famed onmyoji from a distant prefecture but his widow Chiaki arrives in his place. How can this old woman succeed where master onmyoji failed? The head of the order believes her the real power behind her husband, but the young apprentice Kenji suspects Chiaki.
Tale of a Fox
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Nagano nestles amongst the highest mountains in Japan, far from the fashionable life of the capital city of Heain-Kyo. Asuka wishes to never leave her mountain home. But her husband’s career beckons him to the capital. Mountains covered in forests, forests filled with foxes. And with things more than foxes. No one says the word out loud, but Asuka knows it. Kitsune.
Seagull and Raven
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Tulugaq held his hand up the sky and counted his heartbeats. It took twelve beats for the light to move from the tip of his little finger to the end of his thumb. A very strange omen, the shaman said. Not so strange as Tulugaq’s dreams of his missing sister, so near he can smell her and yet not hear her words. A cry for help, or a warning? The answer lies where the light fell.
On Desperate Seas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,890. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
It all started with Penelope. Or perhaps Jane, for Jane’s letter sent Edgar on the first leg of his improbable journey. The man Penelope wed in Edgar’s place lies at the bottom of the sea, her heart with him. Bedridden, she vomits sea water and slowly drowns. She needs her heart back. But Jane lost something else, something more than her heart.
Oil Fire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Puabi stole secret knowledge. Her punishment? Banishment from the city. She walked out. Then she slipped on an ensorcelled jewel that hid her from sight and walked back in again. The rest of the knowledge still called to her, begging to be learned and mastered. Puabi hides in the houses that store the city’s dead, sneaking out at night to read the priests’ hidden scrolls.
Mother River
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,980. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Sarsuti is more than a river, she is a goddess with her hair in the mountains among the herders and her feet in the sea that carries the merchants far and wide, but it is the farmers in the vast plains who are her People. Prithvi has always felt a special connection with her goddess but now her city is dying and she doesn’t know why. The river that is its lifeblood is drying up.
Gardens of Wind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,220. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Akeli lives in a village of tethered balloons and airships far above the unlivable surface of the Earth, but under the cruel thumb of her uncle. Her baby girl fell down to Earth a year ago. An airship full of sailors docks and her uncle demands Akeli get a new baby for the good of the clan. Her cousins know all about wooing men. They always outshine quiet Akeli. But not today.
Full Circle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Humans live throughout the solar system but the factories on Earth stopped producing. No new ships, no new stations. Find an old ship to salvage? Someone died there. Maybe many someones. April knows this better than anyone. She cleanses haunted spaces, removes ghosts left behind by hull breaches, failure of a life support system, or even good old-fashioned cabin fever. People rely on her for peace
Din Ba Din
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,100. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Sohaila never knows in the morning what the day will bring. Four babies desperate for attention or the long, empty days of a lonely widow? Since she made that wish for more time her days come at random. Babies, adult children, willful teenagers, every day a surprise. How to keep track of it all? Sohaila wants her days in sequence again. Unwishing a wish, like unblowing out a candle. Not easy.
Mitwa
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,870. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
When a deadly plague ravaged the Earth refugees fled into space, crowding into any space station or lunar colony that would take them. Decades passed and the descendants of the survivors struggle to live in anything remotely spaceworthy. Omesh, banished from his Earthly home, finds himself in Barnacle Town. A collection of salvage clinging to the hull of a space station in lunar orbit.
Tales from the Edges and Ends
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,720. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Kate MacLeod writes both fantasy and science fiction. This anthology collects five of her previously published short stories as well as one new bonus story. These tales span from the time of the search for the ill-fated John Franklin Expedition to the near and far reaches of space, from alternate world fantasies inspired by Babylon and Mohenjo-Daro to post-apocalyptic air ships.
Tales of Heian-Kyo and Others
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,140. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Kate MacLeod writes both fantasy and science fiction. This anthology collects four of her previously published short stories as well as one new bonus story. These tales span from Heian era Japan to north of the Arctic circle, from light-hearted fare like "Trifle" to the darker "The Onmyoji’s Wife”.
Tales of Blood and Ink
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,550. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
These tales span from Heian era Japan to the near reaches of space, from alternate world fantasies inspired by Babylon and Mohenjo-Daro to post-apocalyptic air ships that never touch the ground, from light-hearted fare like "Trifle" to the darker "On Desperate Seas", based on the ill-fated John Franklin Expedition. Kate MacLeod writes both fantasy and science fiction.

Kate MacLeod's tag cloud

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