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Brenda W. Clough

Photo by Ned Sublette

My time travel Trillogy, Edge to Center was published by Book View Cafe in January 2019

My novel, Speak to Our Desires is available from Book View Cafe.

My previous novel, Revise the World was first publisheda as a novella "May be Some Time" which was a finalist for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.

"Gray To Black" is an original short story that appears in Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls.

You can still order Doors of Death and Life from Amazon.com

Doors of Death and Life

as well as How Like a God

How Like a God

Both can be ordered on-line from the FoxAcre Press Web Store.


My new series, The Adventures of Marian Halcombe, was published by Book View Cafe in 2021. The first volume is FREE!

I write science fiction and fantasy, mainly novels. Ten of my novels have been published. My recent novels are available in e-format. My latest novel A Most Dangerous Woman is available now on Serial Box! (Click on the picture to the left.) The previous novel, Doors of Death and Life, was published by Tor Books in May 2000, to generally favorable reviews. It was a sequel to How Like a God, which was published in March 1997. I have a number of other novels to come.

I also write short stories and occasional non-fiction. I have a story in Patrick Nielsen Hayden's anthology Starlight 3. My short story, "Below, Between, Above" was published in a new anthology, How Beer Saved the World. Click on "LOOK INSIDE" to read my story in its entirety. Laura Anne Hill created a Promotional trailer for the book. I have a story in Witch Way to the Mall.

I blog every week at the Book View Cafe Blog. Check out the Book View Cafe Bookstore

For many years I taught "Writing F&SF" at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD.

I turn up at a lot of Science Fiction conventions. Lance Oszko gave me a photograph of me at the World Fantasy Convention in 1995. Jane Jewell took a photograph of my old college roommate, Laurie Mann, and me at Boskone.

I volunteer for the Science Fiction Writers of America. Recently I produced a whimsical diagram urging members to run for office within the organization.

I knit and hang out with local knitters. I paint – walls, furniture, and water colors.

I live in a cottage a the edge of a forest with my husband Larry, the computer geek who built this web page. We renovated the kitchen in 1996 and the master bath in 2002. We are renovating the guest bath in 2010. The garden is steadily devouring the lawn, and Larry built a stone terrace.

As a girl, I attended the American School of Vientiane, Laos.


  • This is a sample from my short story "The Water Weapon," which appeared in THE DRAGON AND THE STARS, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi (DAW 2010). It's a little steampunky alternate history.
  • Audio link to a reading of an original short story, "Maiden Mechanical".

My Itinerary




  • Kathi Overton scanned the cover to the hardback edition of Doors of Death and Life.
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans scanned in the other book covers and the picture of the painted bookcase.
  • Lance Oszko scanned in the picture of me at World Fantasy Con, 1995.
  • Ned Sublette took the photo at the top of this page.


©1996-2021 Brenda Clough Last modified 13 March 2022