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'''The Company''' sequence of novels and short fiction takes place in a ScienceFiction [[TheVerse universe]] created by KageBaker. They involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.

Dr. Zeus Inc., known to its employees simply as The Company, operates out of the 24th century, using time travel and specially engineered immortal cyborg operatives to collect and preserve artifacts from the past, ranging from pottery shards from Neanderthal times to entire species of plants and animals rendered extinct in the past. Since living things cannot (in theory) be safely sent forward in time, [[TimeTravelForFunAndProfit these items are kept safe in various underground bunkers to be "discovered" in the 24th century.]]

[[AC:Novels in the main series]]
* ''In The Garden of Iden'' (1997)
* ''Sky Coyote'' (1999)
* ''Mendoza in Hollywood'' (2000) (British title: ''And the Edge of the West'')
* ''The Graveyard Game'' (2001)
* ''The Life of the World to Come'' (2004)
* ''The Children of the Company'' (2005)
* ''The Machine's Child'' (2006)
* ''The Sons of Heaven'' (2007)

[[AC: Collections, novellas published as chapbooks and novels outside of the main sequence]]
* ''Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers'' (collection, 2002)
* "The Angel in the Darkness" (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
* ''Mother Ægypt and Other Stories'' (collection, 2004) (title story features the Company)
* "Rude Mechanicals" (limited edition chapbook, 2007)
* ''Gods and Pawns'' (collection, 2007)
* "The Empress of Mars" (novella version, 2009)
* ''The Women of Nell Gwynne's'' (collection, 2009)
* ''Not Less Than Gods'' (novel, 2010)
* "Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy" (novella, 2010)
* ''The Empress of Mars'' (expansion of the novella of the same name, 2010)
* "Nell Gwynne's at Land and at Sea" (novella left unfinished at Kage Baker's death and completed by her sister Kathleen Bartholomew, 2012)
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!!The Company Novels contain examples of:
* AndIMustScream: Since Immortals can't die, this is used to get rid of them instead.
* BadFuture: 2355. (Or at least an enigmatic, and thus worrisome, point in time.)
* BattleButler: Sir Henry Morgan
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Dr Zeus either causes or directly profits by a number of major historical events.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: [[spoiler: William Randolph Hearst.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mendoza is a quiet botanist who keeps to herself (except for when her love life gets dramatic). Kill her boyfriend, however, and suddenly she's throwing human heads around.
* BilingualBackfire: Mendoza knows exactly what the gondolier is saying about her, and tells him what he can do with his pole.
* BrainUploading: The Company does this to some historical figures. [[spoiler: And for Adonai "brothers.]]
* CloakAndDagger: Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax
* CompellingVoice: Edward [[spoiler: Alec and Nicholas too, since they're clones]] finds out that he has this ability in ''Not Less Than Gods,'' and how he woos women has something to do with this. He can even talk his boss into finding maraschino booze (which he hates) really tasty.
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Company made several neanderthals into immortals, and they serve admin roles (but because of their appearance, don't really go into the open much). Joseph, one of the main protagonists, is also a former caveman- in fact, his father was the artist who did some now famous cave art in Basque Country and got killed for it, and Joseph would have as well, had he not been rescued by the Company.
* CoolBoat: A futuristic time-traveling one designed by a pirate enthusiast!
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* {{Courier}}: the guy is literally named this. He's brain-damaged and goes berserk if he spends the night in the same place twice, hence his job.
* DepravedBisexual: Labienus, the series' [[BigBad Big Bad]], falls in love with a man at the beginning of ''Children of the Company'', and later sleeps with one of his female co-conspirators.
* DyingLikeAnimals: Various types
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Company operatives have access to tranmissions from all parts of history... except after a specific date in 2355...
* EverythingsBetterWithChocolate: chocolate (i.e. theobromos) is the one thing that can make an immortal operative drunk.
* EvilJesuit: Played around with in the case of Joseph. He spent a significant period as a Jesuit (and rescued Mendoza from the Inquisition in this role), and has the perfect personality for it, being a sly covert operative. However, he feels bad about having to do evil things while in this role (i.e. allowing many others to be sent to their deaths) and likes the occasions when he can play a heroic role.
* FatalAttractor: Mendoza, [[spoiler: only in her case they're all the same guy with different upbringings.]]
* FromASingleCell
* GambitPileup: 2355, many of the events leading up to it, and really Dr. Zeus operations in general. Played with in the fact that most of it seems predestined anyway.
** Specifically, everybody knows the exact date in 2355 that marks the unknown future. So they all plan their coups and purges and revolutions to take place on that date.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: The official philosophy of the Company operatives, who blame fanatics who believe in BlackAndWhiteMorality for much of humanity's suffering. The novels themselves are a good example, contrasting: a.) [[GoodIsImpotent the normal company operatives]], who are programmed for self-presevation and can't intervene to change history; b.) [[WellIntentionedExtremist Budu and his cohorts]], who will mercilessly execute you if and only if you're violent; and c.) Nicholas' various incarnations, who all have [[GodComplex complicated plans]] to help humanity that [[MyCountryRightOrWrong tend to]] [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters back-fire]] spectacularly. Once [[PlagueMaster Labienus]] shows up, this turns into BlackAndGrayMorality.
* TheHeretic: Nicholas Harpole. Why yes, he died via KillItWithFire, too.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Labienus and a large group of other villains are taken down by a modified version of one of the diseases he created.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Lewis is initially hopeful to start a relationship with Mendoza, but realizes that he'll never be able to compete with Dead Nicholas.
* IdiotSavant: Most, if not all, of the people who designed the Company's technology. The ''homo umbratilis'' take this to extremes: the main class can produce technological marvels when commanded, but is totally incapable of original thought.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* ImmortalProcreationClause [[spoiler: subverted later on with Mendoza in a very strange way.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy - Lewis and Victor.
* LastMinuteHookup: Latif and Sarai, [[spoiler: Hearst and Tiara.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MandatoryMotherhood: Roger Checkerfield got a vasectomy, and his wife was similarly inclined to not have children. This didn't stop the Company from forcing them to adopt a kid, which they [[ParentalAbandonment hated and avoided as much as possible.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: It's noted that Mendoza's relationships were going to turn out with the partner dead one way or another. [[spoiler: She manages to get them back, though.]]
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: without SanDimasTime.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Porfirio (when convenient) and [[spoiler: Hearst]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Alec inadvertently gets so many people killed at one point that he tries to kill himself when he sees the result. Also, Dr. Zeus the AI relies on the threat of this to preserve himself after his period of omniscience comes to an end. It doesn't work.]]
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The text indicates that a 'coercive sex' scene in ''The Sons Of Heaven'' is definitely not rape because of the act itself was done tenderly.
* OedipusComplex: happens to Nicholas and Alec [[spoiler: for good reason, when your girlfriend becomes your mother, and your romantic rival is the one responsible for that particular wacky happening. And the guys remember from the getgo what Mendoza was to them before they got reborn.]]
* OnlyOneName
* APirate400YearsTooLate: Alec Checkerfield
* PlagueMaster: The BigBad is trying to exterminate humanity through a series of devasting plagues.
* {{Polyamory}}: [[spoiler: how Mendoza resolves her man problems.]]
* PsychicPowers: Crome's radiation, supposedly.
* RealPersonFic: Lewis writes a terrible thousand-page epic about [[TheAce Edward Alton-Bell Fairfax.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: After [[spoiler: Victor kills Labienus and his cronies with their own bio-engineered plague]], he choses to die rather than live with the knowledge of the morally dubious things he's done. Considering he's immortal, that takes some effort on his part.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Alec Checkerfield
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: An anglophilic character a few centuries in the future has memorized the names of all three-hundred-and-some actors to play the Doctor.
* SecondPersonNarration: "The Hounds of Zeus" in ''Black Projects, White Nights''.
* SendInTheClones: the Adonai project
* TheSlowPath: Back Way Back
* TheSpanishInquisition: Mendoza's backstory
* SpyCouple: Edward and Mendoza [[spoiler: later, Edward/Alec/Nicholas and Mendoza]]
* StableTimeLoop
* TimeyWimeyBall
* VillainEpisode: ''The Children of the Company''
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Mendoza.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Several of the cyborgs.
* YouCantFightFate: Stated as a rule and used at numerous points.
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'''The Company''' sequence of novels and short fiction takes place in a ScienceFiction [[TheVerse universe]] created by KageBaker. They involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.

Dr. Zeus Inc., known to its employees simply as The Company, operates out of the 24th century, using time travel and specially engineered immortal cyborg operatives to collect and preserve artifacts from the past, ranging from pottery shards from Neanderthal times to entire species of plants and animals rendered extinct in the past. Since living things cannot (in theory) be safely sent forward in time, [[TimeTravelForFunAndProfit these items are kept safe in various underground bunkers to be "discovered" in the 24th century.]]

[[AC:Novels in the main series]]
* ''In The Garden of Iden'' (1997)
* ''Sky Coyote'' (1999)
* ''Mendoza in Hollywood'' (2000) (British title: ''And the Edge of the West'')
* ''The Graveyard Game'' (2001)
* ''The Life of the World to Come'' (2004)
* ''The Children of the Company'' (2005)
* ''The Machine's Child'' (2006)
* ''The Sons of Heaven'' (2007)

[[AC: Collections, novellas published as chapbooks and novels outside of the main sequence]]
* ''Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers'' (collection, 2002)
* "The Angel in the Darkness" (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
* ''Mother Ægypt and Other Stories'' (collection, 2004) (title story features the Company)
* "Rude Mechanicals" (limited edition chapbook, 2007)
* ''Gods and Pawns'' (collection, 2007)
* "The Empress of Mars" (novella version, 2009)
* ''The Women of Nell Gwynne's'' (collection, 2009)
* ''Not Less Than Gods'' (novel, 2010)
* "Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy" (novella, 2010)
* ''The Empress of Mars'' (expansion of the novella of the same name, 2010)
* "Nell Gwynne's at Land and at Sea" (novella left unfinished at Kage Baker's death and completed by her sister Kathleen Bartholomew, 2012)
----
!!The Company Novels contain examples of:
* AndIMustScream: Since Immortals can't die, this is used to get rid of them instead.
* BadFuture: 2355. (Or at least an enigmatic, and thus worrisome, point in time.)
* BattleButler: Sir Henry Morgan
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Dr Zeus either causes or directly profits by a number of major historical events.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: [[spoiler: William Randolph Hearst.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mendoza is a quiet botanist who keeps to herself (except for when her love life gets dramatic). Kill her boyfriend, however, and suddenly she's throwing human heads around.
* BilingualBackfire: Mendoza knows exactly what the gondolier is saying about her, and tells him what he can do with his pole.
* BrainUploading: The Company does this to some historical figures. [[spoiler: And for Adonai "brothers.]]
* CloakAndDagger: Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax
* CompellingVoice: Edward [[spoiler: Alec and Nicholas too, since they're clones]] finds out that he has this ability in ''Not Less Than Gods,'' and how he woos women has something to do with this. He can even talk his boss into finding maraschino booze (which he hates) really tasty.
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Company made several neanderthals into immortals, and they serve admin roles (but because of their appearance, don't really go into the open much). Joseph, one of the main protagonists, is also a former caveman- in fact, his father was the artist who did some now famous cave art in Basque Country and got killed for it, and Joseph would have as well, had he not been rescued by the Company.
* CoolBoat: A futuristic time-traveling one designed by a pirate enthusiast!
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* {{Courier}}: the guy is literally named this. He's brain-damaged and goes berserk if he spends the night in the same place twice, hence his job.
* DepravedBisexual: Labienus, the series' [[BigBad Big Bad]], falls in love with a man at the beginning of ''Children of the Company'', and later sleeps with one of his female co-conspirators.
* DyingLikeAnimals: Various types
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Company operatives have access to tranmissions from all parts of history... except after a specific date in 2355...
* EverythingsBetterWithChocolate: chocolate (i.e. theobromos) is the one thing that can make an immortal operative drunk.
* EvilJesuit: Played around with in the case of Joseph. He spent a significant period as a Jesuit (and rescued Mendoza from the Inquisition in this role), and has the perfect personality for it, being a sly covert operative. However, he feels bad about having to do evil things while in this role (i.e. allowing many others to be sent to their deaths) and likes the occasions when he can play a heroic role.
* FatalAttractor: Mendoza, [[spoiler: only in her case they're all the same guy with different upbringings.]]
* FromASingleCell
* GambitPileup: 2355, many of the events leading up to it, and really Dr. Zeus operations in general. Played with in the fact that most of it seems predestined anyway.
** Specifically, everybody knows the exact date in 2355 that marks the unknown future. So they all plan their coups and purges and revolutions to take place on that date.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: The official philosophy of the Company operatives, who blame fanatics who believe in BlackAndWhiteMorality for much of humanity's suffering. The novels themselves are a good example, contrasting: a.) [[GoodIsImpotent the normal company operatives]], who are programmed for self-presevation and can't intervene to change history; b.) [[WellIntentionedExtremist Budu and his cohorts]], who will mercilessly execute you if and only if you're violent; and c.) Nicholas' various incarnations, who all have [[GodComplex complicated plans]] to help humanity that [[MyCountryRightOrWrong tend to]] [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters back-fire]] spectacularly. Once [[PlagueMaster Labienus]] shows up, this turns into BlackAndGrayMorality.
* TheHeretic: Nicholas Harpole. Why yes, he died via KillItWithFire, too.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Labienus and a large group of other villains are taken down by a modified version of one of the diseases he created.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Lewis is initially hopeful to start a relationship with Mendoza, but realizes that he'll never be able to compete with Dead Nicholas.
* IdiotSavant: Most, if not all, of the people who designed the Company's technology. The ''homo umbratilis'' take this to extremes: the main class can produce technological marvels when commanded, but is totally incapable of original thought.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty
* ImmortalProcreationClause [[spoiler: subverted later on with Mendoza in a very strange way.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy - Lewis and Victor.
* LastMinuteHookup: Latif and Sarai, [[spoiler: Hearst and Tiara.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MandatoryMotherhood: Roger Checkerfield got a vasectomy, and his wife was similarly inclined to not have children. This didn't stop the Company from forcing them to adopt a kid, which they [[ParentalAbandonment hated and avoided as much as possible.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: It's noted that Mendoza's relationships were going to turn out with the partner dead one way or another. [[spoiler: She manages to get them back, though.]]
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: without SanDimasTime.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Porfirio (when convenient) and [[spoiler: Hearst]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Alec inadvertently gets so many people killed at one point that he tries to kill himself when he sees the result. Also, Dr. Zeus the AI relies on the threat of this to preserve himself after his period of omniscience comes to an end. It doesn't work.]]
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: The text indicates that a 'coercive sex' scene in ''The Sons Of Heaven'' is definitely not rape because of the act itself was done tenderly.
* OedipusComplex: happens to Nicholas and Alec [[spoiler: for good reason, when your girlfriend becomes your mother, and your romantic rival is the one responsible for that particular wacky happening. And the guys remember from the getgo what Mendoza was to them before they got reborn.]]
* OnlyOneName
* APirate400YearsTooLate: Alec Checkerfield
* PlagueMaster: The BigBad is trying to exterminate humanity through a series of devasting plagues.
* {{Polyamory}}: [[spoiler: how Mendoza resolves her man problems.]]
* PsychicPowers: Crome's radiation, supposedly.
* RealPersonFic: Lewis writes a terrible thousand-page epic about [[TheAce Edward Alton-Bell Fairfax.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: After [[spoiler: Victor kills Labienus and his cronies with their own bio-engineered plague]], he choses to die rather than live with the knowledge of the morally dubious things he's done. Considering he's immortal, that takes some effort on his part.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Alec Checkerfield
* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: An anglophilic character a few centuries in the future has memorized the names of all three-hundred-and-some actors to play the Doctor.
* SecondPersonNarration: "The Hounds of Zeus" in ''Black Projects, White Nights''.
* SendInTheClones: the Adonai project
* TheSlowPath: Back Way Back
* TheSpanishInquisition: Mendoza's backstory
* SpyCouple: Edward and Mendoza [[spoiler: later, Edward/Alec/Nicholas and Mendoza]]
* StableTimeLoop
* TimeyWimeyBall
* VillainEpisode: ''The Children of the Company''
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Mendoza.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Several of the cyborgs.
* YouCantFightFate: Stated as a rule and used at numerous points.
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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Dr Zeus either causes or directly profits by a number of major historical events.



* TheGump: Dr Zeus either causes or directly profits by a number of major historical events.
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'''The Company''' sequence takes place in a ScienceFiction [[TheVerse universe]] created by KageBaker. They involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.

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'''The Company''' sequence of novels and short fiction takes place in a ScienceFiction [[TheVerse universe]] created by KageBaker. They involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.
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* ''Mendoza in Hollywood'' (2000)

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* ''Mendoza in Hollywood'' (2000) (British title: ''And the Edge of the West'')


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* "Nell Gwynne's at Land and at Sea" (novella left unfinished at Kage Baker's death and completed by her sister Kathleen Bartholomew, 2012)
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* ''Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers'' (2002)
* ''The Angel in the Darkness'' (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
* ''Mother Ægypt and Other Stories'' (2004) (title story features the Company)
* ''Rude Mechanicals'' (limited edition chapbook, 2007)
* ''Gods and Pawns'' (2007)
* ''The Empress of Mars'' (novella version, 2009)
* ''The Women of Nell Gwynne's'' (2009)
* ''Not Less Than Gods'' (2010)
* ''Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy'' (2010) (novella)
* ''The Empress of Mars'' (expansion of the novel, 2010)

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* ''Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers'' (2002)
(collection, 2002)
* ''The "The Angel in the Darkness'' Darkness" (limited edition chapbook, 2003)
* ''Mother Ægypt and Other Stories'' (2004) (collection, 2004) (title story features the Company)
* ''Rude Mechanicals'' "Rude Mechanicals" (limited edition chapbook, 2007)
* ''Gods and Pawns'' (2007)
(collection, 2007)
* ''The "The Empress of Mars'' Mars" (novella version, 2009)
* ''The Women of Nell Gwynne's'' (2009)
(collection, 2009)
* ''Not Less Than Gods'' (2010)
(novel, 2010)
* ''Nell "Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy'' (2010) (novella)
Spy" (novella, 2010)
* ''The Empress of Mars'' (expansion of the novel, novella of the same name, 2010)
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[[AC:Novels in the series]]

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[[AC:Novels in the main series]]
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'''The Company''' sequence takes place in [[TheVerse universe]] created by KageBaker. They involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.

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'''The Company''' sequence takes place in a ScienceFiction [[TheVerse universe]] created by KageBaker. They involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and conspiracies surrounding them.
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The Company novels are a series of time travel science fiction novels by Kage Baker. They focus on various employees of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and comspiracies surrounding it.

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The Company novels are a series of time travel science fiction novels '''The Company''' sequence takes place in [[TheVerse universe]] created by Kage Baker. KageBaker. They focus on various employees involve [[TimeTravel TimeTraveling]] agents in the employ of Dr. Zeus Inc., and the various political maneuvers and comspiracies conspiracies surrounding it.
them.
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* ''The Women of Nell Gwynne's'' (2009)
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[[AC:Books in the series]]

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[[AC:Books [[AC:Novels in the series]]



[[AC: Short stories and other works]]

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[[AC: Short stories Collections, novellas published as chapbooks and other works]]novels outside of the main sequence]]



* ''Gods and Pawns'' (2007)



* ''Mother Ægypt and Other Stories'' (2004) (title story features the Company)



* ''Anvil of the World'' (2003)
* ''Mother Ægypt and Other Stories'' (2004)- title story features the Company
* ''Dark Mondays'' (2006)
* ''The House of the Stag'' (2008)
* ''Where the Golden Apples Grow''
* ''Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key'' (2008)

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* ''Anvil of the World'' (2003)
* ''Mother Ægypt
''Gods and Other Stories'' (2004)- title story features the Company
* ''Dark Mondays'' (2006)
Pawns'' (2007)
* ''The House Empress of the Stag'' (2008)
* ''Where the Golden Apples Grow''
* ''Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key'' (2008)
Mars'' (novella version, 2009)




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* ''Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy'' (2010) (novella)
* ''The Empress of Mars'' (expansion of the novel, 2010)
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