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Marc Laidlaw
Born August 3, 1960 (1960-08-03) (age 60)
Laguna Beach, California, United States
Occupation Writer
Language English
Alma mater University of Oregon
Genres Science fiction, horror, video games

Marc Laidlaw (born August 3, 1960) is an American science fiction and horror writer. He is most famous for working on Half-Life series.


Marc Ladlaw was born in Laguna Beach, California. He went to the University of Oregon. He wrote short stories and novels. His first novel Dad's Nuke was published in 1985. He worked as a legal secretary in San Francisco.

He joined Valve Corporation to work on Valve's first game, Half-Life. He worked on the story and level design of the game. In January 2016, he said that he left Valve..

On August 25, 2017, Laidlaw published Epistle 3. It tells his vision on the storyline of Half-Life 2: Episode Three he had during the time he worked at Valve.


  • Dad's Nuke (1985)
  • Neon Lotus (1988). It was nominated for the 1988 Philip K. Dick Award
  • Kalifornia (1993)
  • The Orchid Eater (1994)
  • The Third Force (1996), Gadget game tie-in
  • The 37th Mandala (1996). In 1997, it was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. In 1996 it was awarded International Horror Guild Award

Laidlaw had also wrote many short stories.

  • Dankden (October/November, 1995, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine)
  • Catamounts (September, 1996, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine)
  • Childrun (August, 2008, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine)
  • Quickstone (March, 2009, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine)
  • Songwood


Year Title
1998 Half-Life
2004 Half-Life 2
2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One
2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two
2013 Dota 2
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