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

Charm School
Pre-release—available April 23, 2019. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,890. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Amanda Clarke thinks of herself as perfectly ordinary in every way. Just a small-town girl who serves breakfast all day in a little diner nestled next to the highway, nothing but dairy farms for miles around. She fits in there. But then a woman she never met dies, and Amanda was named in her will. Now Amanda packs a bag and heads to St. Paul, where she can practically hear the jazz music of old.
The Travels of Scout Shannon Books 1-6
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 369,790. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
is box set collects the entire six book series The Travels of Scout Shannon, namely Under Falling Skies, In Quaking Hills, Among Treacherous Stars, Against Impassable Barriers, Over Freezing Altitudes and At Galactic Central. "The Travels of Scout Shannon" series, young adult science fiction novels for fans of plucky heroines, girl assassins, political intrigue, and loyal dog sidekicks.
The Travels of Scout Shannon Books 4-6
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 187,660. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This box set collects the final three books in the young adult scifi series.
At Galactic Central
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,660. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Galactic Central, a collection of floating cities in a vast, manmade, planetless cloud. Scout longed to see it since she first heard of it. This place long represented her shining future. "At Galactic Central" the sixth and final book in "The Travels of Scout Shannon" series, a young adult science fiction novel for fans of plucky heroines, girl assassins, political intrigue, and loyal dogs.
Being Neighborly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,020. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
When Pa left Pete in charge of his sisters on the farm overnight he stated only one rule: no talking to the Greens. No need to spell that out, Pete thinks. Every child knows never to speak to the Greens. An easy rule to follow. The Greens keep to themselves. Then a Green turns up in the yard with a strange object. The Green wants something. They refuse to leave until Pete figures it out.
Sword and Tattoo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
At the center of the known world lies a village with no name. Few traverse the heart of the Sea of Grass, fewer still stray from the main road. But from time to time a traveler loses the way back to civilization and find themselves in this strange village. "Sword and Tattoo", a fantasy short story which originally appeared in the ages of Mythic Delirium.
Over Freezing Altitudes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,560. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Having escaped yet another closing trap, Scout finds herself on a snowbound mountaintop far from civilization. With assassins eager to kill her, laying low on an alien world is the smartest play. "Over Freezing Altitudes" book 5 in "The Travels of Scout Shannon" series, a YA science fiction novel for fans of resourceful heroines, survival in extreme environments, girl assassins and loyal dogs.
Required to Assist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,740. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
With life on overpopulated Earth no longer tenable, Lorna Wincott grasps at the chance at a fresh start colonizing a new world. The price exceeds her modest means, unless she volunteers to serve as the ship's emergency assistant. But the ship only wakes the assistant when a problem arises that stumps the ship's AI and android crew. Such as murder.
The Slums of the Solar System Books 1-3
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 318,540. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This box set collects the three novels in the Slums of the Solar System shared world: MITWA, THE MARS OF MALCONTENTS, and A WHOLE WORLD FOR EACH.
Against Impassable Barriers
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,540. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Stranded on the far side of the moon with her friends, Scout Shannon waits for rescue from galactic central. Hunted by two sets of enemies, surrounded by an impenetrable barrier maintained by an almost alien class of humans, time runs short. "Against Impassable Barriers" the fourth book in "The Travels of Scout Shannon" series, a young adult science fiction novel for fans of resourceful heroines.
Tales of Old Gods and New
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,040. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Tales of Old Gods and New" collects ten stories from fantasy and science fiction writer Kate MacLeod.
The Travels of Scout Shannon: Books 1-3
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 187,270. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The Travels of Scout Shannon, a young adult science fiction series for fans of plucky heroines, girl spies, and loyal dog sidekicks. This box set collects the first three novels: Under Falling Skies, In Quaking Hills and Among Treacherous Stars
Tales from Ancient and Future Times
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,060. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Tales from Ancient and Future Times" collects five stories from fantasy and science fiction writer Kate MacLeod.
The Inscrutable Visages of the Sowmyatha
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,610. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Lu McNair longs for nothing more than to earn a solitary posting, something on some remote station somewhere with a crew of one. Just her, observing some really weird alien species. Something not remotely humanoid, like a sentient cloud or the colonial organisms that floated through deep space. Ironically without a high score in interpersonal communications and teamwork, even that is out of reach.
Among Treacherous Stars
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,500. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Scout Shannon wants nothing more than to leave her home world and its petty squabbling factions behind. Galactic central with all of its excitement and opportunities awaits her. She makes it as far as her own planet's orbit before the snares of bureaucracy close around her, trapping her on a space station populated by her people's oldest foe. Then her rescuer disappears.
Upon the Lonesome Wild
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
They travelled for generations to reach this planet, to turn it into a bread basket for the universe. Rich soil, abundant sun and rain, a perfect site for agricultural colonization. But nothing grows, and no one knows why. A generation raised to become the forefathers of millions now ages alone, their children forced to move on to better prospects.
AI: Aesir Intelligence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,600. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Linnea lives alone in the remains of shuttle her parents died in. The only survivor of the crash years before, she takes care of herself. No other human dwells on her remote world, but the old gods surround her. Her gods love her, but Linnea needs a human family. The only solution means a sacrifice. But whose? "AI: Aesir Intelligence", a science fiction short story about love and loss.
In Quaking Hills
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,010. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018. 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.
Taren and Keui
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Taren and Keui live in the fields ringing the mountain that touches their world's sky, but not together. The Keui live in herds for protection, the Taren their constant predators. Both need jing to keep their plasimetal flesh supple and moving, but jing only grows in the bodies of the Keui. For a Taren to get it, they take it from a Keui. The oldest question in any world: fight or flight?
The Story for the Letters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Sheshkala, far too young for such things, left her parents and her mountain home behind to secretly follow her big brother Irarra to his apprenticeship in the city. Then the siege began. Murderous barbarians surround the city, pounding at its ancient walls day and night. They want the king. They want the king's wealth. But more than that, they want to destroy the king's library.
Under Falling Skies
Price: Free! Words: 65,020. 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: 31,160. 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: 118,060. 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: 8,800. 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: 14,690. 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: 9,270. 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: 32,530. 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: 8,710. 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: 8,590. 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: 103,590. 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: 27,220. 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: 6,780. 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: 10,330. 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: 8,840. 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: 8,230. 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: 14,030. 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: 11,330. 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: 13,130. 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: 9,370. 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: 7,020. 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: 9,250. 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: 106,090. 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: 41,880. 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: 24,290. 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: 61,700. 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.

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