Kage Baker (June 10, 1952 - January 31, 2010) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer.
She was born in Hollywood, California and has lived there and in Pismo Beach most of her life. Before becoming a professional writer she spent many years in theater, including teaching Elizabethan English as a second language.
She is best known for her "Company" series of historical time travel science fiction. Her first stories were published in Asimov's Science Fiction in 1997, and her first novel, In The Garden of Iden, by Hodder & Stoughton in the same year. Other notable works include Mendoza in Hollywood (novel, 2000) and "The Empress of Mars" (novella, 2003), which won the Theodore Sturgeon Award and was nominated for a Hugo Award.
Her unusual first name (pronounced like the word "cage") is a combination of the names of her two grandmothers, Kate and Genevieve.
In 2008, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
In 2009, her short story "Caverns of Mystery" and her novel House of the Stag were both nominated for World Fantasy Awards, but neither piece won.
In January 2010 it was reported that Baker was seriously ill with cancer.
Novels of The Company
In the Garden of Iden (1997)
Sky Coyote (1999)
Mendoza in Hollywood (2000)
The Graveyard Game (2001)
The Life of the World to Come (2004)
The Children of the Company (2005)
The Machine's Child (2006)
The Sons of Heaven (2007)
Not Less than Gods (2010)
Company story collections
Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers (2002)
Gods and Pawns (2007)
Standalone Company novellas
The Angel in the Darkness (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
Rude Mechanicals (limited edition chapbook, 2007)
The Empress of Mars (2009)
The Women of Nell Gwynne's (limited edition chapbook, 2009)
Anvil of the World (2003)
Mother Ægypt and Other Stories (2004) - title story features the Company
Dark Mondays (2006)
The House of the Stag (2008)
Where the Golden Apples Grow (2006) Novella
Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key (2008)
The Hotel Under the Sand (2009) Juvenile