Brief Note

Kage Baker finally has a Best Of compilation coming out from Subterranean Press – 489 pages of assorted goodness, several novellas and lots of short stories.

The stories range from her very first sale, “Noble Mold”, which appeared in Asimov’s Magazine through the good graces of the esteemed Gardner Dozois; to a deliciously peculiar little romance called “The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park” – which she wrote about the time her cancer was diagnosed, and appeared in a pretentious little hipster mag that wanted to buy something “really literary”. They didn’t know what to make of it, but you, Dear Readers, will.

I just got the uncorrected bound proofs copies. The finished product will be available from Subterranean ( and also via Ingram (, and Baker and Taylor ( No idea yet on price, but I feel it incumbent upon me to note that Subterranean Press volumes tend to be very nice but also pretty pricey.

It’s a lovely collection, though. It really is. I tried to make sure there was a good selection of favourites, as well as a nice number of stories that only got published once.

Also – I’m working on the proofs for Nell Gwynne II, which should be out in a few months. I am informed that the illustrations are in the works even as we speak. Illustrations! I am thrilled.

Aside from that all that nice news, though, I am walking-into-the-walls sleepy – them old narcolepsies got me, kids. I’m going to perk up the blood sugar with some lemon meringue pie and then go back to sleep.

Have a good weekend, Dear Readers.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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6 Responses to Brief Note

  1. So, do you have a release date?

  2. Kate says:

    Nope, Mary Lynn,not yet. Just the news that they are due soon. And, of course, the bound proofs for the one and unbound for the other – necessary steps along the way!

  3. Tom says:

    Excellent news, Kate, and a worthy investment.

    Now we want you in good health for the International Release Date party!

  4. I think the Nell Gwynne story would make a TERRIFIC movie. I wish someone would pick it up…

  5. Kate says:

    Tom – I’m working on that, I do assure you. And the signs are getting better, too. Maybe because I ma making lots of noise, earlier in the game – I learned that much, thanks to Kage.

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