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

Shadows on the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Justin needs something to believe in. At a crossroads in life, he arrives in New York City reminiscing the past but uncertain of the future. Until he meets Wendy, who inspires him to take a leap of faith. But soaring into the unknown might prove harder than it seems. “Rusch is a great storyteller.” —RT Book Reviews
Flitting Away
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a vicious attacker leaves Nicole Walker for dead, she fights against the odds to survive. And to succeed, she must remember—the attack, the attacker, even her own desire to live. Her mind wants to flit away and escape the horrors of the attack. Flitting away means death. But remembering might mean an even worse fate.
Tribute
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Lt. Kenyon serves his country and the war effort by censoring the crew’s letters home, even if his shipmates hate him for it. But when the crew begin writing about a ghostly vision—a vision impossible to believe but inadvisable to ignore—he must address the danger facing the ship. And he must make a difficult choice that will affect every last man on board.
The Destruction of a Goddess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Vi thought trying to teach complicated choreography to inexperienced middle-aged men made for a bad day. But when a Portland homicide detective shows up at Vi’s dance rehearsal, she quickly realizes that bad dance moves pale in comparison to the scrutiny of an experienced investigator seeking suspects in a murder.
Moments
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,870. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When a cargo ship in distress docks at International Space Station 3 near Mars, Hoa Nguyen leads the security team. It only takes her a moment to realize something went seriously wrong. The lack of sound, the smell. She’s never encountered anything like this before. No one has. Kristine Kathryn Rusch is one of the best writers in the field. —SFRevu
Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls: A Diving Universe Novella
Series: Diving Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,690. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Enterran Empire Operations Commander Elissa Trekov’s most famous relative died at the Room of Lost Souls, so she thinks she knows the dangers. But when strangers turn up on the so-called abandoned station—strangers who seem to know a lot more about its function than they pretend—she realizes the Room’s legendary history only scratches the surface of the dangers lurking within.
Story Child
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In the years after the Abandonment, the event’s survivors face yet another devastating struggle. Michael does his best to treat the persistent illness, but he secretly wonders if it marks the end of them all. Until the child shows appears. A child who seems to offer hope. But hope might prove the biggest challenge of all. A Nebula Award finalist.
Spree: A Sweet Young Things Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 57,940. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Two days ago, Moira escaped the Midwest with Kasey and her Barbie doll in the back seat of a beat-up van. Now, on sun-drenched Highway 95 in nowheresville Nevada, she wonders if she escaped at all.
Becoming One with the Ghosts: A Diving Universe Novella
Series: Diving Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,090. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Winner of the 2010 Asimov’s Readers’ Choice Award and placing third in the prestigious international UPC Contest, Becoming One with the Ghosts tells the story of Captain Jonathon “Coop” Cooper and the crew of the Ivoire—a story that began in Becalmed—and their ill-fated journey out of foldspace. This novella also appears in a slightly different form in its entirety in the novel City of Ruins.
Death and Taxes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
People often misquote Benjamin Franklin on the only certainties in life—death and taxes. But Patrick wonders about the truth in that. Once young and foundering, he embarked on a quest to challenge life’s inevitabilities. Now older and jaded, he comes face to face with his past, forcing him to question everything he believes.
Murder, She Workshopped
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,810. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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You know that famous mystery writer? The one whom death stalks wherever she goes? Turns out bad luck doesn't cause death to follow her. She provokes it all—for a reason. And this time, someone will stop her. A student at a writing workshop has a secret agenda. Yes, she wants to become a bestseller. But first she must deal with the competition—in a wholly unexpected way.
Stealth: A Diving Universe Novella
Series: Diving Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,720. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The woman who helped Boss dive the Dignity Vessel, known then as Squishy, claims a long and storied history with stealth tech. Now, she vows to find a way to destroy the technology once and for all. Stealth tells Squishy’s story and adds a rich dimension to the quest for stealth tech. The Stealth novella also appears in a slightly different form in its entirety in the novel Boneyards.
The Room of Lost Souls: A Diving Universe Novella
Series: Diving Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,860. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Boss remembers the Room. It haunts her. Her mother died there. Now, a client wants her to go back. She wants Boss to help her uncover the Room’s mysteries. But the truths she discovers might destroy everything Boss holds sacred. The Room of Lost Souls novella also appears in a slightly different form in the novel Diving into the Wreck.
The Life and Deaths of Rachel Long
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Devon discovers Rachel Long’s music for the first time, it changes him. Her music inspires people. It draws crowds to her, no matter where she performs. But it draws something else, as well. A longing. A compulsion. A need. And for Devon, Rachel’s music creates an inevitability that he can’t escape, no matter how hard he tries.
Sing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Dirk wants to learn how to sing like the natives, but they have no word for singing nor a concept of it. Until Dirk tries to show a young child her people’s beautiful music. Intrigued, she offers to help—only to discover that teaching Dirk to sing could cost her everything.
Little Miracles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
As a homicide detective, Frank deals with violent death every day. And his reaction to those deaths kills him by inches. Until his most recent case forces him to take a long, hard look at his emotional state. The murder scene’s only survivor might hold the clues Frank needs to solve the case. It might even hold the key to Frank’s very salvation.
A Helping Hand
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jamal knows his father has struggled to support the family since Jamal’s mom died. So, when eleven-year-old Jamal finds something shiny in the snow on his way to school, he wonders if he can ease his dad’s burden. But his discovery could put the family at even greater risk. Or it could finally restore hope for them all.
Recovering Apollo 8 and Other Stories
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 121,030. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Nine of the best short stories from Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s diverse repertoire. Includes award-winners “Recovering Apollo 8,” “Diving into the Wreck,” “The End of The World,” and “The Strangeness of the Day,” to the acclaimed “G-Men,” “June Sixteenth at Anna’s,” and “Craters,” as well as the popular “Substitutions” and “The Taste of Miracles.”
Craters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In the future, humans retain the capability to commit acts of terrible violence. For the reporter known as Martha Trumante, determined to find the truth behind the horrors, that truth raises questions so disturbing she might never find a way to report it—or to hang onto her own humanity. Chosen as one of the best short stories of 2007. “…an intense, appalling, memorable story.” —Locus
The Pursuit of Perfection: And How It Harms Writers
Series: WMG Writer's Guide. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,650. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Entertainment, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
In this WMG Writer’s Guide, international bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch discusses the destructive ways peer workshops and the quest for perfection derail many writers’ careers. But Rusch offers hope for writers who have suffered at the hands of critique—external and internal—and outlines a path to healing.
Diving into the Wreck: A Diving Universe Novella
Series: Diving Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,860. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The award-winning novella that launched a universe, Diving into the Wreck introduces Boss and her crew for the first time. Boss dives derelict space vessels for their monetary and historical values. But when Boss uncovers the find of a lifetime, she must question everything she holds dear. This novella also appears in a slightly different form in its entirety in the novel Diving into the Wreck.
Hitchhiking Across an Ancient Sea
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Denny and Nikki share a similar history. Or so it seems to Denny when Nikki shows up, bruised and withdrawn, in the quiet Oregon Coast town he now calls home. But history creates a powerful pull on the psyche. Sometimes in good ways. Sometimes in bad. And sometimes, the end of a journey actually marks a new beginning.
Recovering Apollo 8
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,590. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In a world where Apollo 8 veered tragically off course, the event sent the astronauts, and the space program, hurtling into space, lost and helpless. The tragedy so affected eight-year-old Richard Johansenn that he dedicates his life—and the fortune he amasses along the way—to recovering the capsule.
The Flower Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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Talia and Max seldom work together at a crime scene, but on this one they must, not just because of the lives lost or the way they died, but because of the memories the crime brings up. Now, Talia must employ her best forensics skills to solve the murder—and salvage her own memories in the process.
Bleed Through
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,510. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Former journalist turned journalism teacher Larissa Johanssen moved back to her hometown to escape the violence she once covered on a national stage. Until that violence strikes her high school, her students. Now, she must help her students deal with the type of coverage that drove her to the breaking point. And she must revisit parts of her past she thought long buried.
Renn and the Little Men
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In the Wild West, gunslingers populate the legend of many a dime novel. And Renn knows her way around a gun—and a book—better than most, including her famous brother, who can credit his skills to Renn. So, when strange little men show up looking to hire her missing-in-action brother, Renn takes the job. And she soon realizes she’ll need every bit of her gun skills and book learning to finish it.
The End of The World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,020. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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“Kristine Kathryn Rusch ventures into (darker than) Zenna Henderson territory in her effective and atmospheric two-track story ‘The End of the World.’” —SF Site Small-town detective Becca Keller struggles with her own demons when her ex-husband calls her to help with a mass grave unearthed at the site of his resort-restoration project in the Oregon desert. Winner of the UPC Special Award.
The Tower
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,820. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
So many mysteries in the past. So many opportunities as well. As Portals, Inc. uses historians to test its time travel devices, historians use Portals to test their theories. Neyla believes the 17th century discovery of the dead Princes near the Bloody Tower will tell her who murdered the boys centuries before. And Thomas Ayliffe believes he can pull off the crime of the century—any century.
Improvements
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
As a Medieval woman, Maude knows her place. But her husband’s death shortly after the birth of their son means she must fulfill his duties until their son comes of age. But when a woman appears on her doorstep bloodied and broken, Maude must decide how far she will go to protect her son’s estate. Will she follow the dictates of her time, or will she find a strength she didn’t know she possessed?
The Front Porch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Front Porch: the place, literal or figurative, where Americans watch the world go by. Journalists help expand America’s front porch to a worldwide stage. They put on a pretty face and soften the blow of ugly news. They must hold the line between “need to know” and “too much information.” But at what cost, when the horrors of the world become just another day at the office?
Unnatural Disaster
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,960. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Whale Rock Police Chief Jaclyn Tadero faces the Oregon Coast’s version of the perfect storm: a tsunami warning during a winter squall. And thanks to Seavy County Coroner Hamilton Denne, she finds herself scouring the beach for idiots drawn to the tsunami’s approach.
Mr. Alibi
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,240. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
No-nonsense private eye Belinda Sweet, the only person in Los Angeles who wants no part in fame, avoids cases that bring her attention. Until she stumbles on one in a bar, when a barfly asks her to act as his alibi for killing his wife. When the cops arrest him but then let him go, Sweet needs to know why. She’s lived in LA long enough to recognize an actor when she sees one.
Ghosts of Christmas Present
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Alone for Christmas, Michela longs for the past, the future—anything but the present. The present holds pain, loneliness, longing, loathing. The present offers nothing but ghosts and nightmares about deeds that cannot be undone. To see her son again, Michela must face her ghosts on this Christmas Eve night—even if by doing so she becomes one herself.
Blowback: A Retrieval Artist Novel
Series: Retrieval Artist Universe, Book 9. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,390. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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The Earth Alliance believes another attack imminent, but no one knows where or when it will strike. Retrieval Artist Miles Flint finds himself in a race against time, a race that implicates organizations he trusts—and people he loves.
Fate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
She calls herself his luck, but Grif Petrie doesn’t feel particularly lucky. Alone on Christmas Eve, he haunts a casino like he always does. Then he meets Alli, and even though she tells him she has come to Vegas for someone else, he spends time with her—and wins at craps, which never happens. Her presence creates a weird lucky magic. And magic always comes with a price.
The Black King: The Seventh Book of The Fey
Series: The Fey, Book 7. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 155,300. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
BLOOD AGAINST BLOOD: The name of the ancient curse that protects members of the Black Family from murdering each other. But what if circumstances justify the death? What if a family member needs to die?
Incident at Lonely Rocks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,250. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Oscar cleans portable toilets for a living. He loves the job—it takes him to beautiful isolated places, like the Lonely Rocks Wayside on the Oregon Coast. Nothing grosses him out either—until he discovers the body, slashed to death, with a knife still in the chest. Then he sees a break in the guardrail above the ocean, a car, a ruined bicycle, and Oscar realizes his troubles have just begun.
Well-Chosen Words
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,520. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln scrawled the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope as he traveled to the battlefield to dedicate a cemetery. But the legend belies Lincoln’s struggle to carefully choose the right words. Words that must chart the course for the nation’s future. Because his speech in Gettysburg will change history, but not necessarily in the way he hopes.
Updates
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,610. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored radio station. Marisa, the news director, has no time for anything, certainly not for the death threats that some idiot insists on calling into the station. She finds them an annoyance, nothing more—until one of the crew goes missing.
Dread Unlocks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case. It arrives in a van. It has cameras, an agenda, and the ability to change her life in awful, nasty, inconceivable ways.
The Hook
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Urban legends have their basis in fact. Some people know that better than others. That story about the hook teenagers tell each other at parties? It’s not just a legend. It’s true. Just not in the way you’d expect…
Pandora's Box: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum
Series: Spade/Paladin Conundrums. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The police often show up at science fiction conventions, but not because Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade calls them. Although he has this time. Paladin has found a box with a note, a box she believes contains a bomb. Spade and Paladin have to find the bomber and save the convention, and do so before the police arrive. The conundrum? Can they do all this and survive?
Drinking Games
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
As Rikki tries to shove a dead body out of the airlock on a space yacht, she’s stopped by the best-looking man she’s ever seen. Not because he wants to arrest her for killing the guy, but because he wants to help her dispose of the body. Rikki doesn’t need help, even sexy blue-eyed help. Yet somehow, she can’t get rid of this handsome man, despite the fact that getting rid of people is her job.
Chameleon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The kids at school call Wilhelmina “Cry-Baby Witch.” Kinda true. At least about the witch part. But they don’t know that, and Willi still struggles to control her magic. So, when she gets caught using her magic to help one of the animals in Mrs. Anderson’s room, Willi fears the worst. Because creepy Craig Maddson now knows Willi’s secret. She knows he plans to tell on her. But she has no idea ho
Dunyon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In a rundown bar on a space station at the end of the universe, a customer asks for passage to Dunyon. The owner and bartender has no idea what or where Dunyon is. The next night, more people show, and more, and suddenly Dunyon, that little bar, and the entire spacestation face a very big crisis.
Amelia Pillar's Etiquette for the Space Traveler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,550. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
As you prepare to embark on your yearlong space cruise, this excerpt from Amelia Pillar’s popular Etiquette for the Space Traveler will provide you with the skills you need to make your trip enjoyable for you and your fellow travelers.
The Impossibles: A Retrieval Artist Short Story
Series: Retrieval Artist Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
To pay off her law school debts, Kerrie works in the public defender’s office at the Interspecies Court. She has more clients than she can defend, most of them from cultures she does not understand. The public defender’s office loses almost all of its cases, but sometimes it gets a win. Kerrie thinks she has a winner. But does she? Or will winning the case mean she loses at everything else?
The Disappearance of Wicked
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,580. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. He’s extra baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped his bastard son-in-law. Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control. “Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s crime stories are exceptional, both in plot and in style.” —Ed Gorman Mystery Scene Magazin
Homecoming
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,050. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Fortan’s space mission ends ten years later (for him) and one hundred years later (for everyone else). He expects changes when he returns. He doesn’t expect to get arrested upon landing. He really doesn’t expect all the charges for back family support, considering he had no child or wife or girlfriend when he left. Will he go to prison for a crime he hasn’t committed?
Still Life, With Cats
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012 by WMG Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
After covering too many war zones, Joshua returns to his grandparents’ place to find the house neglect and the patio filled with cats. He wanted a refuge from the death he’d seen, but the cat yowls remind him of the cries of the wounded. No matter how hard he tries, the cats keep appearing. So he finally calls for help, help that’s a little weird, a little strange, and maybe just right.

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