A former assistant professor of English in the picturesque town of Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest, Ruth Nestvold has given up theory for imagination. The university career has been replaced by a small software localization business, and the Black Forest by the parrots of Bad Cannstatt, where she lives with her fantasy, her family, her books and no cats in a house with a turret. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov's, F&SF, Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, and Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction. Her fiction has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" award for best international work. Her novel Flamme und Harfe appeared in translation with the German imprint of Random House, Penhaligon, in 2009 and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian.
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Gawain and Ragnell
Gawain was Arthur's champion, and the champion of the ladies. He loved many women, but none too much -- until one lover told him she intended to marry another man.
A year later, he is running from his disappointment, traveling north to fight against a mysterious warrior who has taken the hill-fort of the lady Ragnell.
But there is a mystery to Ragnell too ...
Never Ever After: Three Short Stories
Three previously published fantasy short stories by Ruth Nestvold: "A Serca Tale," "King Orfeigh," and "Happily Ever Awhile."
"Happily Ever Awhile": Everyone knows the story of the filthy girl who married the prince by not bleeding into a glass slipper. But what happened to Ellie after the happy ending?
Yseult. A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur
For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying - to marry the father of the man she loves. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening threatening to descend into the Dark Ages - only Arthur's battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization.
Mars: A Traveler's Guide
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Red Planet Adventures provides customized tours on Mars. Naturally, they have been optimized for safety. Soon, satellite coverage on the planet will even reach 100%! But what happens in the meantime ... ?
"Mars: A Traveler's Guide" was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in January 2008. It was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2009.
Looking Through Lace
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As the only woman on the first contact team, xenolinguist Toni Donato expected her assignment on Christmas would be to analyze the secret women's language which cannot be spoken by men -- but then the chief linguist begins to sabotage her work. But why? Why do the men and women have separate languages in the first place? What Toni learns turns everything they thought they knew on its head.
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