Updated December 15, 2013

Welcome to Mythic Island Press LLC

Aloha! My name is Linda Nagata. I'm a novelist and programmer, and also the founder of Mythic Island Press LLC, an ebook and print publishing venture launched in January 2010.

My primary goal with Mythic Island Press LLC is to publish and promote my own fiction. I'm the author of six novels originally handled by "Big Publishing," which have been re-released through Mythic Island Press LLC. I've also brought out original books under this imprint, including a young-adult science fiction adventure, two short story collections, the fantasy duet Stories of the Puzzle Lands, and a near-future science fiction thriller, The Red: First Light.

Most of our books are available in print versions. Known as "trade paperbacks," these books are 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches in size, and can be ordered from online retailers by following the links below.

Our books are also available as ebooks in both epub and mobi formats. They can be purchased from Amazon, Amazon UK, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Book View Café, Mysterious Galaxy, or directly from Mythic Island Press LLC.

"...an amazing novel" —Stefan Raets, Tor.com


A near-future science fiction thriller

Nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award (Novel)
Nominated for the Campbell Memorial Award
On the Locus Recommended Reading List

"There Needs To Be A War Going On Somewhere"

Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive—because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him—but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent danger...as if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear. (Hazard Notice: contains military grade profanity.)


The Red: First Light has been acquired by Joe Monti, Executive Editor at Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster—along with two sequels! So the Mythic Island Press LLC edition has been withdrawn from sale. This is an amazing opportunity, made possible by all the readers and reviewers who supported the original edition. Thank you so much! For news of when The Red: First Light will be re-released, please sign up for my newsletter. There are only a few issues every year, your email address will not be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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Praise for The Red: First Light:

"...an amazing novel... The Red: First Light is a dark, intelligent, cynical take on military SF. It's an excellent novel that deserves a much larger audience."
—Stefan Raets, Tor.com

"Linda Nagata's The Red: First Light begins like a shot and never lets you go. Well-written, thrilling, and thoughtful, The Red: First Light is science fiction at its best."
—Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo-award winner & USA Today bestselling author

"...the same post-Vietnam sense of discontinuity that separates The Forever War from Starship Troopers, updated for the post-9/11 world."
—Russell Letson, Locus

"Military fiction and high-tech speculation, complex and edgy characters, a pinch of Eichmann in the plot, sly bits of Frankenstein in the setting, ... make Linda Nagata's The Red: First Light compulsively readable."
—Vonda N. McIntyre, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of Dreamsnake, Starfarers, and The Moon and the Sun.

"Remember the scare times of the Cold War, when President Eisenhower warned us of the power of the military-industrial complex? Don't you wish we had listened? In The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata gives us an alarming glimpse of the day after tomorrow—on an Earth torn by wars fueled by defense contractors. It's a thriller; it's a convincing character novel; it's a terrifying extrapolation—and it's a hell of a fine read. But...

"Don't read this book if you don't want to think squarely about what our world is coming to. Don't read it if you don't want to risk some sleepless nights. Don't say you weren't warned! Once you start it, you're not going to stop."
—Jeffrey A. Carver, author of The Chaos Chronicles

"The Red: First Light is a fast-paced, exciting story about soldiering in the near future. The characters are likeable and well-drawn, and the piece is infused with the kind of careful, thought-provoking attention to "how might this work, really?" that has always been one of Nagata's particular strengths."
—Sean Stewart, author of the World Fantasy Award winner Galveston

Here's an overview of the rest of our published titles:

Two Stories: "Nahiku West" and "Nightside On Callisto"
by Linda Nagata

Two science fiction stories originally published in 2012. Both stories have been included in 2012 best-of-the-year anthologies!

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Goddesses & Other Stories by Linda Nagata

Ten science fiction stories by Linda Nagata, including the Nebula Award winning novella "Goddesses." This collection brings together for the first time Nagata's short fiction, originally published in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, More Amazing Stories, and SciFi.com. Read more about the book here.

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The Dread Hammer
Stories of the Puzzle Lands - Book 1

Published in 2011 under the pen name Trey Shiels, The Dread Hammer has been re-released in a second edition under my own author name, Linda Nagata, and with new cover art. If you're shopping for the print version, be aware that the old edition may still be offered during this transition period, depending on when and where the book is ordered.

The Dread Hammer is a dark tale of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate. Read more about the book at MythicIsland.com.

Click here to read an article on The Dread Hammer, published by The Maui News.

Hepen the Watcher
Stories of the Puzzle Lands - Book 2

Stories of the Puzzle Lands began with The Dread Hammer and continues with Hepen the Watcher -- a tale of exile, rebellion, fidelity, and fire.

The demon Dismay's murderous nature has earned him the ire of his beloved wife, who has sent him away in a fit of temper. In his exile he ventures south into Lutawa, a land ruled by an immortal king who punishes treason with the terrible weapon of infernal fire. Believing this king to be the same cruel deity known in the north as Hepen the Watcher, Dismay resolves to kill him--and accidentally ensnares two innocent young women, Ui and Eleanor, in his schemes. Read more about the book at MythicIsland.com.

The Nanotechnology Novels . . . now, The Nanotech Succession

The nanotechnology novels were originally published from 1995 through 1998 by Bantam Spectra. In November 2010 they were re-published as ebooks by Mythic Island Press LLC under the collective title The Nanotech Succession. Each novel works as a stand-alone story, but since they share the same story world and sometimes the same characters, they can also be read as a loose series. Tech-Heaven is a near-future prequel. The Bohr Maker is Book 1, followed by Book 2, Deception Well, and culminating in Book 3, Vast.

Tech-Heaven - A Prequel to the Nanotech Succession

A political thriller that imagines the rise of nanotechnology in our world through the eyes of Katie Kishida, a mother and business woman whose life takes an extraordinary turn when she is widowed, and her husband's body is cryonically frozen against a time when advancing technology will allow his resurrection.

The Bohr Maker - Book 1 of the Nanotech Succession

Society has expanded into the great orbital habitats known as the "Celestial Cities" and nanotechnology saturates every aspect of life--but the rules regulating its use are still being written. A brilliantly original, fast-paced thriller, The Bohr Maker won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

Deception Well - Book 2 of the Nanotech Succession

Advancing technology has allowed human civilization to expand across star systems, establishing settlements divided from one another by vast gulfs of space and time. But all along the frontier, human settlements are under attack by the ancient and deadly robotic warships of a mysterious alien race known as the Chenzeme.

Vast - Book 3 of the Nanotech Succession

Four people are aboard the great ship, Null Boundary. They are bound for the lightless clouds of dust and gas in the galaxy's Orion Arm, determined to find the source of the alien Chenzeme warships that have ravaged human civilization. Vast is an extraordinary adventure embracing the limitless nature of both space and time.

Science fiction writer Alistair Reynolds recently had some very nice things to say about Vast. Find his blog post here.

The Nanotech Succession Omnibus Edition

All four books of The Nanotech Succession are included in this omnibus edition: Tech-Heaven, The Bohr Maker, Deception Well, and Vast. This edition DOES NOT include Bruce Jensen's original cover art.

Other Story Worlds:


A unique far-future adventure set on a world where the past rises up each night to rewrite the future.

Science fiction writer Tobias Buckell talks about Memory. Find his blog post here.

Limit of Vision

A near-future thriller set in the steamy Mekong Delta. Ethics and evolution collide in this tale of runaway biotechnology.


Skye Object 3270a

A far-future, high-adventure young-adult novel aimed at an advanced middle school audience. The story is set in the Deception Well story world, but is otherwise independent of that book and its characters. If you want to infect a new generation with the science-fiction meme, start here!

The Wild

An origin myth and a tale of high fantasy.

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At Mythic Island Press LLC we're interested in publishing across multiple platforms. Our other major endeavor is a new website called HawaiiNavigator.com, exploring the plants, animals and places of our great state. Read more about it here, or visit the website at HawaiiNavigator.com.

Additional Projects

Ultimately I hope to provide audio versions of some of our books. If you would like to be notified when new books, new versions, or new publications are available, please add your email address to our database by filling in the "book alert" form at the top of this page. I anticipate only an occasional email announcement, and of course we won't share your address with anyone.

Please note that I'm not currently seeking other works of fiction or non-fiction.

Visit my personal website at MythicIsland.com, and find my blog at Hahví.net, or follow me on twitter for news and chatter.

Thanks for stopping by--

Linda Nagata

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Our short story collections are presently available only through Amazon.com.

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