Kage Baker

Kage Baker was born in Hollywood, California on June 10, 1952. She attended parochial schools throughout her childhood, something she says gave her "numerous emotional scars." She spent twenty years immersed in Elizabethan theatre for the Living History Centre, holding numerous positions, including teacher of Elizabethan English. Baker is best known for her "Company" series of novels and short stories - historical time-travel stories. She was first published in Asimov's Science Fiction in 1997. She received the Theodore Sturgeon Award in 2003 for her novella The Empress of Mars. She passed away in 2010 from uterine cancer.

The Life of the World to Come

"From idea to flesh to myth, this is the story of Alec Checkerfield: Seventh Earl of Finsbury, pirate, renegade, hero, anomaly, Mexdoza's once and future love. Mendoza is Preserver, which means that she's sent back from the twenty-fourth century by Dr. Zeus, Incorporated - the Company - to recover things from the past that would otherwise be lost. She's a botanist, a good one. She's an immortal, indestructible cyborg. And she's a woman in love. In sixteenth-century England, Mendoza fell for a native, a renegade, a tall, dark, not handsome man who radiated determination and sexuality. When he died, she killed six men to avenge him. The Company didn't like that - bad for business. But she's immortal and indestructible, so they couldn't hurt her. Instead, they dumped her in the Back Way Back. Meanwhile, up in the future, three eccentric geniuses sit in a parlor at Oxford and play at being the new Inklings, the heirs of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Working for Dr. Zeus, they create heroic stories and give them flesh, myths in blood and DNA to protect the future from the World to Come, the fearsome Silence that will fall on the world in 2355. They create a hero, a tall, dark, not handsome man who radiates determination and sexuality. "Now," stranded 150,000 years in the past, there are no natives for Mendoza to fall in love with. She tends a garden of maize, and she pines for the man she lost, twice. For three...thousand...years. Then, one day, out of the sky and out of the future comes a renegade, a time-faring pirate, a tall, dark, not handsome man who radiates determination and sexuality. This is the beginning of the end."

Original Publication: Tor, November 2004
This Edition: Tor, November 2004
Cover Art: Paul Youll
Format: Hardback

Notes:

The Company Series, Book #5

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The Machine's Child

"Kage Barker's trademark series of SF adventure continues now in a direct sequel to The Life of the World to Come, The Machine's Child. Alec Checkerfield's piratical AI, Captain Morgan, has masterminded the rescue of Mendoza the botanist. It takes a lot to kill an immortal, and they tried hard to kill Mendoza, whose body is destroyed and whose memory has been nearly totally erased. So she is grown a new body and raised to consciousness. The captain has also retrieved the personalities of her dead lovers, Nicholas and Edward, who are clones of Alec and now inhabit the same body as Alec - an uncomfortable symbiosis. Everyone's favorite immortal cyborg, Mendoza, and the three incarnations of her not-quite-human love, Nicholas Harpole/Edward Bell-Fairfax/Alec, are all together for the first time. ANd now they can really begin to fight back against the Company. The Machine's Child is the one all Baker fans have really been waiting for, the start of a complex and gripping war along the timelines."

Original Publication: Tor, September 2006
This Edition: Tor, September 2006
Cover Art: Paul Youll
Format: Hardback

Notes:

The Company Series, Book #7

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The Bird of the River

"In this new story set in the world of The Anvil of the World and The House of the Stag, two teenagers, Eliss and her youngest brother, Alder, join the crew of a huge river barge after their addict mother drowns. As the great boat proceeds up the long river, we see a panorama of cities and cultures, and begin to perceive patterns in the pirate attacks that happen so frequently in the river cities. Eliss becomes a sharp-eyed spotter of obstacles in the river for the barge, and more than that, one who perceives deeply. A young boy her age, Krelan, has come aboard, seeking the head of a dead nobleman so that there might be a proper burial. But the head proves as elusive as the real explanation behind the looting of cities; he needs her help. And then there is the massive captain of the barge, who can perform supernatural tricks, but prefers to stay in his cabin and drink."

Original Publication: Tor, July 2010
This Edition: Tor, July 2010
Cover Art: Tom Kidd
Format: Hardback

Notes:

Anvil of the World, Book #3

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