About Me

Morgan (MJ) Locke

Who am I?

A nerd. An engineer with about 30 years of experience with environmental compliance and sustainability management services, often with an information management spin.

A writer. Spinner of far-flung techie dreams—stories filled with planetary disaster. Spaceships, rogue AI’s, planet-eating machines, sentient tumors… and people who struggle to survive on the fringes of the world.

A feminist and a mom and a meme-magpie and a nature lover, among other things.

Recent Works:

Up Against It is the first book in a new science fiction series, WAVE. A disaster wipes out most of the asteroid colonists’ source of air, energy, and water. Jane, Phocaea’s resource allocation chief, and Geoff, a young man whose life is irrevocably altered by the disaster, must save their world and turn the tables on those who mean to destroy them.

Read more about it here, or download sample chapters.

“True North,” in Gordon van Gelder’s Welcome to the Greenhouse, came out in January 2011 from O/R Press. It’s the turn of the 22nd century, and climate change has come calling with a vengeance. Bear, a giant old man, scrapes out an existence amid the ruins of civilization. But he’s just going through the motions. He’s fed up with everything and is ready to follow his wife (and the other 99.9% of humanity) into oblivion. But his life is changed forever when a young woman he meets just won’t take extinction for an answer.

Buy the anthology hereView the book trailer here.

Works in Progress:

I’m pushing hard to finish a short-ish YA-adult crossover book I started a while back: Child Left Behind. Here is a link to my reading of the first chapter, at the fabulous SF in SF reading venue.

I’m also at work on the sequel to Up Against It, tentatively titled Out of Bounds.  The story features atheist prophet Jane Navio, the Viridian shapeshifting hacker Vivian-Gabriel Waithira-Macharia wa Thondu, and the feral artificial sapient, BitManSinger, from the first book. Jane’s nemesis, Martian mobster Elwood Ogilvie will be there, and her husband Ngo Minh Xuan, might also  us a glimpse of ominous happenings out among the faraway stroids.

I blog occasionally at Eat Our Brains, a mostly-quiescent SF writer blog, along with Brad Denton, Steven Gould, Rory Harper, Maureen McHugh, Madeleine Robins, and Caroline Spector.

Other Locke-ish Goodness:

If you read and enjoyed Up Against It, and want more Locke-ish goodness, look for works published under my byline Laura J. Mixon.

Buy Mixon’s works online: Glass Houses – Proxies – Burning the Ice [links to follow soon].

Mixon’s bibliography is here.

More on Mixon’s background is here.

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First in the WAVE SF series: UP AGAINST IT

Starred review in Publishers Weekly

Amazing cover art by Donato Giancola!