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. Rule of Capture, the first in a series of speculative legal thrillers, was published in 2019 and will be followed by Failed State in 2020. 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 two amazing kids, and trained a few good dogs.

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

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