State Tectonics, Publishing, September 2018

Named among the best science-fiction and fantasy of 2018 by Kirkus.

Available at Porter Square Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

Null States, Publishing, September 2017

Available at Porter Square BooksAmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-A-MillionIndieBoundeBooks.comGooglePlay, and Kobo.

Infomocracy, Publishing, June 2016

Named among the best books of 2016:  Kirkus’ Best Fiction of 2016Barnes and Noble Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016, The Washington Post Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016BookRiot Best Books of 2016.

Available from iBooks, Powell’sOverstockBooks-A-MillionIndieBoundBarnes and NobleAmazon, WalmarteBooks.comGooglePlayKobo, and your neighborhood bookstore (if it’s not there, ask them for it!)

Signed copies available for online order at Porter Square Books

Percent of earnings donated to The Accountability Lab to support their global work on grassroots governance.

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Serial Fiction

Ninth Step Station at Serial Box, coming in January 2019!

Creator and Lead Writer: Malka Older

Writers: Fran Wilde, Curtis Chen, Jacqueline Koyanagi

Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powers. In the city of drone-enforced borders, bodymod black markets, and desperate resistance movements, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi is assigned to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Miyako Koreda. Together, they must race to solve a series of murders that test their relationship and threaten to overturn the balance of global power. And amid the chaos, they each need to decide what they are willing to do for peace.

Born to the Blade at Serial Box, 2018

Youth. Ambition. Power. Oda no Michiko and Kris Denn have much of the first two, and crave the last. To get it, all they must do is survive.

Episode 5: Trade Deal

Episode 8: Refugees

Episode 9: Assassination

Short Fiction

“Chapter 5: Disruption and Continuity [excerpted]” A People’s Future of the United States, One World, 2019

Candidate YIRL Podcast, Mozilla, 2018

“The End of the Incarnation” Who Will Speak for America?, Temple University Press, 2018

“Disaster Tourism” Twelve Tomorrows, The MIT Press, 2018

“Narrative Disorder” Fireside Fiction, 2017

“Fire Wire” Futurescapes: Cities of Empowerment, 2017

“The Black Box” WIRED, 2016

“The E-Mail Heiress” Reservoir Lit, 2016

“The Rupture” Capricious, 2016

Tear Tracks”, 2015; available in Some of the Best from 2015 and, during March 2016, in the limited-time free anthology of work by Campbell-eligible authors, Up and Coming

“The Ethnographer’s Tale” an excerpt from the novel The Islanders, Bengal Lights, The Unnamed Press 2015.


Inside” Rogue Agent, No Walls Issue 25, 2017

Muse” Rogue Agent, Issue 19, 2016

“Alien Baby” Inkscrawl, Issue 10, 2016

“The Unseen Line: 東北” Sundog Lit, Issue 10, 2016

“War Poem” Sundog Lit, Issue 10, 2016 *Nominated for Best of the Net*

“Sonnets Google-Translated from the Japanese I” Sundog Lit, Issue 10, 2016

“Reverse Engineering” My Cruel Invention, Meerkat Press 2015

“Traveler’s Lament” Leveler, 2011


Why I’m Pro-secession for Anyone who Wants It” PRI’s The World, 2017

Our Other Futures” The Center For Fiction, 2017

The Narrative Spectrum” in Fireside Fiction, 2017

Microdemocracy is the Next Logical Step for the United States” in Ars Technica, 2016

Thirsty for New” in People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine, 2016

“Accepting Thanks” in Chasing Misery, 2014


Older, Malka. “Changing stakes: resilience, reconstruction, and participatory practices after the 2011 Japan tsunami” in Governing for Resilience in Vulnerable Places. Trell, Restemeyer, Bakema, van Hoven. Routledge, 2017

Older, Malka. “Securitization of Disaster Response in the United States: The Case of Hurricane Katrina” Revue Interdiciplinaire de Travaux sur les Amériques No. 9, July 2016

Older, Malka. “Concourir dans un régime d’abondance : le cas du tsunami de 2004” Gaëlle Dakan, Trans. Faire la concurrence. Patrick Castel, Léonie Hénaut, Emmanuelle Marchal, eds. Presses des Mines de Paris, May 2016.

Older, Malka. “When Is Too Much Money Worse Than Too Little? Giving, Aid, and Impact After the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004” Recovery from Indian Ocean Tsunami: Ten Years Journey. Rajib Shaw, Ed. Springer, 2014.