Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Biography

New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.
She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits some of the volumes, as well.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

Where to find Kristine Kathryn Rusch online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Young Shall See Visions and the Old Dream Dreams
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Nell’s determination drives her throughout her life. It allowed her to play baseball when only “tomboys” played. It allowed her to walk again when doctors said she never would. And now, even in old age, it will allow her to find answers to questions plaguing her for her entire life. But the answers she seeks solve one mystery and pose another.
The Application of Hope: A Diving Universe Novella
Series: Diving Universe ยท The Diving Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,090. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Captain Tory Sabin knows all too well the dangers of the anacapa drive, and that sometimes ships enter foldspace never to return. The ships simply disappear, taking their crews with them. Responding to a distress call from Captain Jonathan “Coop” Cooper, Sabin knows she must race against time to find him and his ship.
Hollywood Ending: A Faerie Justice Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,160. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
1946: Betty Nerenhauser works with the famous screenwriter Jackson Holden Carter in hopes of learning enough from him to earn her big break. But her break comes when she least expects it—the day strange little men show up at Jackson’s office asking for his help. Soon, Betty finds out just why Jackson mentored her—and how high the cost if it turns out he was wrong.
Shadow Side
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,830. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dan Retsler left Oregon for a reason. He never planned to return. But something draws him to accept an interview for police chief in a small town near the Oregon Caves. After all, the caves call the mountains their home, not the coast, where Retsler still fights haunting memories of strange creatures. But he soon discovers that something lurks in the shadows of this mountain town.
Five Starving Cats and a Dead Dog
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
They think they’ve found their dream home. But something seems off. Abandoned purebred cats. A dead dog. Still, little Grubby the cat hunts fearlessly until that fateful day. The day answers arrive on their doorstep. The day that changes everything.
Game Testing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Jen DeAngelo picked up and moved for the umpteenth time, she didn’t know where she would end up, as per usual. But when she finds herself in a place with family history—her family history—she decides to stay and investigate her roots.
The Scottish Play
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Portia uses her magic to solve problems—theatrical problems. She prefers to work alone, even though her two sisters possess magic, too. But her latest job, in London’s West End, poses problems not only because of the play being performed—the cursed Scottish Play (aka Macbeth)—but because she must deal with a magic she has never seen before.
Earth Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Albert Suttles’ mother championed Earth Day and its environmental causes. The cause became her first priority, almost an obsession. And Albert’s obsession? His mother. In her honor, he will Save The Earth.
The Gallery of His Dreams
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 18,480. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
One of the most decorated and famous novellas of the 1990s, The Gallery of His Dreams remains a timeless tale of love, loss, and the power of art. Mathew Brady, the first great war photographer, died broke in service of his art. In The Gallery of His Dreams, acclaimed writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch gives Mathew Brady a look at the future repercussions, power, and incredible value of his art.
The Enemy Within
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,520. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Alternative history
In our world, Hoover kept his secrets until long after his death. In Seamus O’Reilly’s world, Hoover’s secrets get him killed. The Enemy Within offers alternate history so plausible that only Kristine Kathryn Rusch could have written it. Winner of the 2014 Sidewise Award for Best Long Form Alternate History.
Sinner-Saints
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Brash, outspoken, Lillian Hellman follows her own truth. Even when that truth costs her love. When the dark days of Communist blacklisting threaten everything Hellman has built, she must decide whether her truth will carry her, or if she will, as Hammett once warned, sell out her friends to save herself.
Perennials
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Grief often transports us to the past. But for one woman, the transportation becomes more literal. She lives more in the past than the present, her beloved grandmother often tells her. Until one final moment of grief changes her forever.
The Hanging Judge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
People fear Judge Esmé Morell. They call her The Hanging Judge because she actually uses the execution chamber she travels with from colony to colony. She places market value on lives. But she might come to regret that. Because not everyone fears her as much as she thinks.
Play Like a Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Inspired with permission by Janis Ian’s song, “Play like a Girl” weaves Ian’s lyrics into a story of empowerment. Haunted by her mother’s ghost, a musician needs to vanquish not only the ghost but her own history, as well.
The Injustice Collector
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
For two centuries, Injustice Collecting allowed for balance in a system populated by many sentient species. Everyone understood the system and its necessity. Until the humans arrived. They want justice for what happened to their children. But the humans don’t understand the proceedings. And misunderstandings might prove the catalyst to the greatest threat the system will ever face.
A Little Night Music
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Andrew has problems fitting in. But for a change, he’d like to stand out for something he does well. If only the adults in his life will let him.
Skating in Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Mickey never imagined her life would turn out this way. But she learned the hard way that life holds many surprises. Seeking solace on the skating rink, she discovers that life’s changes hold hope for new beginnings—if only she knows where to look.
Second Fiddle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Homicide Detective Ned Zaleski resents the chief’s decision to enlist Sherlock Holmes’ help in Zaleski’s latest murder investigation. Zaleski fails to see how Holmes, newly transported to the 1990s from his own time by the Santa Cruz Time Wizards, can shed any light on a modern-day serial killer. But Zaleski soon learns Holmes’ earned his reputation for insight honestly.
Chimera
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,250. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Gen wishes she could escape that horrible day, the day she lost her world. Medical advances can rebuild her body but not her devastated psyche. For that, she needs therapy. And her therapist insists that she care for another creature—a chimera. Soon, Gen discovers that humanity hides in the most unexpected places.
The Destroyer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When a creature appears and offers the feral cat the Bargain—24 hours in another form—the cat forms a plan. He must use the Bargain to his advantage to save the life he knows. But the Bargain comes with hidden perils. And if his plan fails, many will pay the price.
Bonding
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Marisa relishes her undercover work—it suits her loner nature. But when an assignment meant to bust a ring of Ce’nark poachers goes sideways, Marisa finds herself in a position she never wanted—caring for another life form. But returning the creature to its family proves more complicated than she imagined. And the truth she uncovers might have lasting ramifications throughout the system.
Skylight
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Abandoned by everyone, Skye strikes a bargain with the Assassins Guild at the tender age of 14 to work off her education. But in the years that follow, her training proves she must escape an assassin’s life. After failing one final test, she learns her fate—a fate no one can see coming.
By the Chimney, With Care
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Punishments for elven crimes vary. So, when Rolf finds himself serving time as a toy on a mantel during the Christmas season, Rolf figures he got off easy. But when a lonely child asks him to deliver a message to Santa, he realizes his rehabilitation comes with a price—one he might not be prepared to pay.
The Devil's Churn
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,390. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In The Devil’s Churn, bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch creates a terrifying world where the dark depths of the Pacific Ocean unleash a secret evil lurking among the crashing waves.
Losing Dolly
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Annabeth loses her dolly three days after her daddy died. Little Annabeth searches everywhere, but she can’t understand why God would take away her best friend so soon after taking her daddy. And so close to Christmas. To heal, she must discover why dolly disappeared and find a reason to believe in God once more.
Three Wishes Before A Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On Christmas Eve, Rob finds himself drawn to the set of his TV show. Jaded and disenchanted, Rob hopes to find something, anything, to bring a bit of joy back into his existence. What he discovers that lonely Christmas Eve will change his life—again. An inspiring story about the magic of make-believe and the power of healing.
Heart Flesh
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In the months following Tim’s death, Sarah dreams. When a mysterious book with a strange dedication and an even stranger plot arrives at her home, her dreams turn to nightmares. Sarah no longer knows how to differentiate dreams from reality. Finding the truth will make the difference between a frightening end or a new beginning.
The Arrival of Truth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or will it force her to make terrible choices of her own?
Roger, at Sunset
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
September, 1963: Roger knows the future. Life in 1960s, the same as in the 1950s, certainly better than the 1940s. Roger’s future looks exactly like his present: the job of his dreams, the wife of his dreams, everything perfect and in a row. Roger, representative of his privileged generation. Roger, who sits down to watch the news every night…in a golden twilight of a soon-to-be lost age.
Trust
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Carter finds an injured dog along a treacherous stretch of mountain road, he knows rescuing her puts him in danger. But he can’t leave the dog behind, no matter what the consequences. Even if it means revealing his secret. Even if it means losing everything.
Harvest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » General
The almanac determines traditions in Kerry’s family. Only her granddaughter Amanda doesn’t want to follow the almanac. And if Amanda doesn’t, then the power, hidden inside those traditions, might destroy her—and everyone she loves. Chosen as one of the best stories of the year, “Harvest” evokes the powerful force of family legacy.
Trick or Treat: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum
Series: Spade/Paladin Conundrums. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,360. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The teenage girl wrapped in a sheet calls herself Casper (as in “The Friendly Ghost”). But Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade doesn’t find her friendly, and she’s definitely not a ghost. Still, Paladin demands that Spade babysit Casper, and Spade never says no to Paladin.
Fumes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Ernie wants to forget. His short life marred by pain he struggles to understand, he hopes the sirens will blast the thoughts of his mother, his father, of life and death from his brain. Thoughts too serious for someone so young. Thoughts that can scar deeper than flames. A searing short story about family, betrayal, and murder.
Year of the Rat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The family business: Some embrace it, some reject it. But for one family whose “business” means accepting science and religion, each sibling takes a side. Can something as simple—and complicated—as a rat settle the most important questions in life?
ProtectVision
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Sixteen-year-old Sharyn just wants to have fun. But her overprotective father wants to control her life. He uses the latest technology, ProtectVision, to make sure she follows his rules. But technology comes with a price—one she, her father, and even innocent bystanders might have to pay. Chosen as one of the top ten stories of 2004 by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
The Voodoo Project
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Rebekah uses her Sight to fight for good. She works for the Voodoo Project, although her work involves psy ops, not voodoo. She fears retirement and a normal life. So she keeps working, going on missions, never knowing when her next mission will be her last. Because she can see anyone’s future—except her own.
The Dead Line
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,450. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Andersonville. The name strikes horror in the memory even now. But before Lt. Nathaniel Garrison lost two years of his life to that place, he fell in love with a beautiful Confederate—and married her at the exact wrong moment. Even fifty years later, he hears her voice. Then, he sees something he shouldn’t, something that brings back everything: the war, the loss. The woman herself.
What People Leave Behind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Detective Andrea Donovan follows her hunches. But hunches without evidence don’t hold up in court. And she refuses to stop digging to prove her latest hunch. A hunch that leads her to disturbing conclusions about a disturbing crime—one that will change the survivors, and Andrea, forever.
Skirmishes: A Diving Novel
Series: The Diving Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,380. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The answers Captain Jonathon “Coop” Cooper and the crew of the Ivoire seek lie in the Boneyards. Boss loves the challenge. In her absence, she trusts Coop to defend the Nine Planets Alliance against the Enterran Empire. But an encounter from Coop’s recent past shows up to haunt him, an encounter that could threaten her future, his life, and the fragile peace between the Alliance and the Empire.
Safety Tests
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,230. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Devlin trudges through his job on the space station waiting for retirement and hoping he won’t die first. A test pilot with Licensing and Regulation, he makes sure only the most qualified pilots make it to the test flight, let alone pass it. But sometimes, even the most jaded tester misses something. And the difference between life and death on a space station? Missing nothing. Nothing at all.
Controlling the Sword
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,150. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Because he lost his arm in the war against Napoleon, Nicholas cannot return to Society. The ton will reject him. Now, he lives in solitude in his estate, claiming he prefers it. Then a child arrives. A young boy who reminds him of his past. A boy who threatens his present. A boy who must be dealt with to ensure Nicholas’ own future.
Folk Lure
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Drew, a private investigator, protects Karen. Lonely, sad, vulnerable Karen. So, when Karen decides to respond to a suspicious-sounding personal ad about a music audition, Drew tags along. What he observes puts his instincts on high alert. Drew fears the Folklorist plans to use her and toss her away. But the truth will prove far more surprising that Drew can ever imagine.
Killing Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Paula finds herself living a memory. Transported back in time, she straddles then and now. She must choose: Relive the past or accept the present. But what if Paula wants a third option—one no one thought she’d ever choose. “Rusch writes humanist SF.” —Locus
Skin Deep
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,200. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Cullaene learns the colonists want to question him about a murder, he fears for his life. But he must also think about the daughter of the people who took him in. She appears sick, and Cullaene soon realizes only he can help her. But helping her might mean sacrificing his own life.
Blood Trail
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Detective Zack Wheldon solves cases. The tough cases no one else figures out. So, when the FBI comes seeking his help, he must decide which to choose: the serial killer he desperately wants to catch or the as-yet-unknown cases that will grow cold in his absence. The FBI promises big things, more closed cases, more criminals behind bars. If he can trust the feds. If he believes in their methods.
Coin of the Realm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Rosalind, a princess of Orsem, believes the kingdom values her less than a coin of the realm. Her father the King confirms her belief when he decides to marry her to a prince from a neighboring kingdom, despite the threats of assassination that pour in. Her father doesn’t see her value; the assassins do, leaving Rosalind with several dilemmas: Marry? Flee? Or stand and prove herself?
Five California Tales
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 40,860. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
California, a land of mystery, a land of magic. Assassins walk the streets alongside angels. Romance blossoms in the City by the Bay, while death stalks an LA science fiction convention. In this collection, find the first story featuring Rusch’s popular character Spade, “Stomping Mad,” as well as four standalone tales: “Ghosts,” “The Perfect Man,” “Monuments To The Dead” and “Spirit Guides."
Waltzing on a Dancer's Grave
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
When Greta arrives at Grayson Place with her ballet company, her memories haunt her. Karl Grayson died there twenty years earlier, but she returns to the mansion for the company’s fiftieth-anniversary gala anyway, just as he wished. Karl’s death freed her once. Or did it?
Snipers
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,680. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Alternative history
In 1913, the Carnival Sniper terrorized Vienna, murdering the famous and not-so-famous alike. Police Detective Johann Runge never caught the Sniper. In 2005, bestselling crime writer Sofie Branstadter believes she can use modern forensics to identify the Sniper. The investigation plunges her into a world of scientific evidence and fantastic clues, all leading to one unbelievable conclusion.
Local Knowledge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,460. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When Detective Webster Coninck arrives at the murder scene outside Tups Tavern, he quickly identifies the body: Tom Johanssen. Former classmate and a man with enough enemies to line up interviews into next week. Webb finds himself off the case because of his personal history with Johanssen, but Webb believes his local knowledge holds the key to solving the case. But only if he can face his past.

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