I am a writer and lawyer living in Austin, Texas. My 2017 debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of the year. My next novel, Rule of Capture, is forthcoming from Harper Voyager in 2019. My shorter work—stories, nonfiction, and criticism—has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. I was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology I co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic.

I’ve also taken two companies public, restored a small prairie, worked on two Supreme Court confirmations, rehabilitated a brownfield, reported from Central American war zones, washed airplanes, co-hosted a punk rock radio show, built an eco-bunker, worked day labor, negotiated hundreds of technology deals, protected government whistleblowers, investigated fraud, raised venture capital, explored a lot of secret woodlands, raised an amazing kid, and trained a few good dogs.

I used to write as “Chris Nakashima-Brown,” until that was no longer an accurate representation.

I live in Austin with my family, in the edgeland woods between the river and the factories, where I work in a 1978 Airstream trailer.

Thank you for checking out my work.


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Mark Gottlieb
Trident Media Group