Brenda Cooper Collection

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TxAM-CRS C000229

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Brenda Cooper Collection


  • 1999-2017 (Creation)


11.00 Boxes

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Biographical history

Brenda Cooper, born August 12, 1960, is a science-fiction and fantasy author, poet, and futurist (or futurologist, that is, one who studies potential and probable futures with subsequent reflections on the present day) from Washington State. She received a BA in Information Management Systems from California State University, Fullerton, and also pursued courses in creative writing (no degree received) from Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA.

Cooper's first short stories, beginning with "Ice and Mirrors" in 2001, were written in collaboration with noted SF author Larry Niven. Her first solo story was "Linda's Dragon", published in Analog in July 2003. Since then she has published over seventy stories in a number of magazines and anthologies. Her first science fiction short-story collection, Cracking The Sky and Other Stories, was released by Fairwood Press in the fall of 2015. (It was preceded by a self-published anthology of her fantasy fiction, Beyond The Waterfall Door, earlier in 2015.)

In 2005 Cooper's first novel (co-written with Niven), Building Harlequin's Door, was published by Tor. Her second (and first solo) novel The Silver Ship and The Seacame out in 2007, and won the 2008 Endeavor Award for Distinguished Novel or Collection. It was also nominated for the 2008 Golden Duck (Hal Clement Young Adult Award).  Her subsequent novels include Reading The Wind (2008), Wings of Creation (2009), Mayan December (2011), and most recently, The Making War (2020). 2012 saw the release of the first novel in Cooper's Ruby's Song duology, The Creative Fire. Both that book and its sequel The Diamond Deep tell the story of mechanic Ruby Martin, member of an underclass laboring on board a vast worldship. Ruby rises from her humble origins to assume the leadership of a class revolt that breaks down age-old social barriers. The duology was followed up by The Edge of Dark (2015), the start of a new series (titled The Glittering Edge) which takes place in the same universe as Ruby's Song, but many years later. Edge of Dark was nominated for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award. Cooper's most recent works include the 2017 YA novel Post; her climate change-related Project Earth series, Wilders (2017) and Keepers (2018); and the latest in her Fremont's Children/The Silver Ship series, 2020's The Making War.

Cooper also served until recently as the Chief Information Officer for the city of Kirkland, WA. She and her wife reside in western Washington State.

Brenda was educated at California State University, Fullerton, where she earned a BA in Management Information Systems. - See more at: Brenda was educated at California State University, Fullerton, where she earned a BA in Management Information Systems. - See more at:

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This collection consists of materials from science fiction author and futurist Cooper, including a number of manuscripts from her works. These include the novels Reading the Wind (2008), Wings of Creation (2009), The Diamond Deep (2013), and Wilders (2017), as well as a number of Cooper's short stories. Also included are early examples of Cooper's writing, as collected in her writing portfolios from her creative writing classes at Lower Columbia College (Longview, WA).

The collection also includes a number of program books and other materials from numerous science fiction conventions that Cooper attended or was a guest at, as well as miscellaneous other materials.

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Manuscripts arranged chronologically by date of publication.

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These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States law.

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  • English

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Gift. July 2016 Addendum received 7/11/2016, as 2016_0115. November 2017 Addendum received 11/20/2017, as 2017_0146.


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Finding Aid Authors: Jeremy Brett.

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© Copyright 2019 Cushing Library. All rights reserved.

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