Kristine Kathryn Rusch
USA Today 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, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
Her popular weekly blog on the changes in publishing has become an industry must-read.
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 at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.
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Becalmed: A Diving Universe Novella
Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads a diplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire’s anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can’t remember what she did wrong. If she doesn’t recall it, she won’t be able to prevent another disaster.
Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn
Before her twenty-fifth year, she was both a princess and a prisoner, a royal daughter and the daughter of a traitor. Now Elizabeth Tudor has become queen of England and, in her private moments, cannot quite believe she survived.
She has to figure out how to rule, but first she must reclaim her past, and to do that, she must find the last thing her mother ever gave her.
The Resistance: The Fourth Book of The Fey
A RUTHLESS WARRIOR. A BRILLIANT TACTICIAN. ONE FAMILY. OPPOSITE SIDES.
The Black King of the Fey, Rugad, has conquered Blue Isle's capitol city. He thinks he's conquered the Isle itself, even though he can't find its royal family. That family has retreated to the mountains. Exhausted but undefeated, they will regroup and attack again, this time with a new weapon, one that can change everything.
The Rival: The Third Book of The Fey
A LAND SCARRED BY WAR FACES A CONQUEROR WITHOUT MERCY.
The Fey have conquered half the world with their great skills—not just at combat and with powerful magicks. The Fey have another weapon, a greater weapon: Patience. Twenty years after their first invasion, the Fey try again to conquer Blue Isle.
Christopher's Crummy Christmas
Eleven-year-old Christopher always spends Christmas alone. This year, he’s going to change that. This year, he’s going to make his parents stay home. Everyone tells him he’ll ruin Christmas, but he doesn’t care. He wants a good Christmas, and he’ll do anything to get it. Includes the complete bonus story, "Boz."
The Last Christmas Letter
“Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s eerie and slow-starting ‘The Last Christmas Letter’ decisively delivers the Twilight Zone’s trademark out-of-this-world wonder…exceptional, with vivid characters and some mind-bending narrative moments.”
Duplicate Effort: A Retrieval Artist Novel
“If there’s any such thing as a sci-fi CSI, the Retrieval Artist novels set the tone.”
The Edge Boston.
Flint can no longer take on the entire universe. He violated the rules of his Retrieval Artist mentor and now has a lot to lose. But he can’t reverse the events he set in motion—and the crisis he caused might destroy everything—and everyone—he loves.
Recovery Man: A Retrieval Artist Novel
“This high-tech detective story, part of the Retrieval Artist series, has hard science fiction, a complex whodunit and a fascinating look at alien bureaucracy. All the elements for an entertaining story are here: well-drawn, believable characters with frailties and flaws, credible scientific theory, and authentic-feeling settings.”
RT Book Reviews
Anniversary Day: A Retrieval Artist Novel
Book 1 of the Anniversary Day Saga.
Four years ago, a bomb destroyed part of the dome protecting Armstrong, the largest city on the Moon. Now, as the city celebrates its survival with an event it calls Anniversary Day, a larger threat looms—one that begins with the murder of the mayor, and spreads across the Moon itself.
Paloma: A Retrieval Artist Novel
“Rusch does a superb job of making the Retrieval Artist books work as fully satisfying standalone mysteries and as installments in a gripping saga full of love, loss, grief, hope, adventure, and discovery. It is also some of the best science fiction ever written.”
New York Times bestselling author
Orson Scott Card
Kendall Dee disappears on her first day as a professional hairdresser at a New York Fashion Week runway show. When she turns up murdered, her friend Corry Lindstrom decides to find out what happened. Because Corry, a professional fashion photographer, got Kendall the job in the first place. A job that put Kendall in a kind of danger no one expected.
Lawyer F. Reed Hamlin has everything—money, success, a small amount of fame. But he doesn’t have close relationships. He doesn’t have family. Until he hears on the news that police have caught a Vietnam protester who bombed a munitions site. An anti-war radical who has hidden for twenty years. An anti-war radical who just happens to be Reed’s mother.
Fifteen Minutes At Mercy General
An emergency: a bleeding teenage girl in ripped clothes on a gurney in a hospital corridor, her mother hastily brought in by the investigating police officer. An emergency, a girl, a family, and a crime so horrible that no one understands until it’s too late…
Monuments to the Dead
Mount Rushmore has disappeared. No presidents grace its face. The area looks like it did before those craggy faces got carved into the hillside. The American Observer has sent Emelia Sunlake to give the California perspective on a strange experience but, she says, she’s writing “a white, middle-class, female California perspective” on the experience.
She calls herself Linda, although it’s not her name. She travels from nursing home to nursing home, fixing problems, helping others. Until she meets Eloise Mortimer. Rich, famous Eloise Mortimer. Dying Eloise Mortimer, who fancies herself a latter-day Miss Marple, but who might simply be something much more dangerous. Much more destructive.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators?
Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders.
Includes the complete bonus story, "Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn"
In the first days of the Clinton administration, Ransom, a DC private eye specializing in Republican dirty tricks, falls on hard times. He finds himself investigating the murder of a local celebrity—Bob the Weather Cat.
Chosen as one of the best short stories of 1993.
Rena lost everything when her husband and son died in a fiery car accident. Now she has only her daily swim at the rec center, where she hopes no one pays attention to her horrible burn scars. But someone noticed, the same someone who murders a lifeguard while Rena does her laps. Only Rena can identify the killer, but the identification is not as easy as it seems...
The Changeling: The Second Book of The Fey
Betrayal. Assassination. Kidnapping. And that's just the beginning...
The most surprising book of The Fey saga, with a twist so powerful the rest of the series hinges on that one moment. The Changeling alters everything from the balance of power to the very nature of power itself.
Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel
A cold case starts it all—human bones discovered beneath the Martian soil in the alien Disty’s main city.
"A high-velocity rush through cultures in full clash, as fear and panic overwhelm the day, and Rusch’s writing makes the far-out scenario feel as present and credible as today’s breaking news….Rusch has outdone herself yet again."
The Edge Boston
June Sixteenth at Anna's
Leta has died, leaving her husband Mac with his memories and one famous holorecording. On June 16, 2001, Leta ate at a restaurant called Anna’s, and a time travel recording made of that day later became a sensation. Leta collected all of the versions of that recording, but Mac has never seen it. Until now.
Unknown Baby Girl
A former LAPD homicide detective, Carolyn moved to Oregon to escape crime. Yet when she takes a job making houses energy efficient, she discovers a baby’s skeleton in a crawl space. She can’t ignore the forgotten bones and uses her old skills to find the truth.
Gritty and powerful, Unknown Baby Girl is one of Edgar nominee Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most memorable stories.
Emilio Diate has vowed vengeance on the government for its merciless execution of his entire family. Now forced to start over on Golga, the handsome refugee joins the secret police with only one dark intention—to find his family’s killers and serve his own brand of justice. But when he falls in love, he might become a victim of his own revenge.
The Sacrifice: The First Book of The Fey
A fast-paced, vibrant novel, filled with memorable characters, Sacrifice: The First Book of the Fey begins a saga that will take readers to a richly imagined fantasy world, filled with magic, treachery, and unexpected love.
Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel
Mixing interstellar politics and police procedural, Rusch turns out a satisfying SF mystery. Flint’s internal conflicts are deftly portrayed, and the gritty realism of the murder investigation meshes well with the alien setting.
This [third] entry in the Retrieval Artist series should please SF and mystery fans alike, and can be read independently.
RT Book Reviews
Dylan’s wife Geneva has died. Only Dylan doesn’t believe it. Not because he believes in ghosts, but because he believes in science. Geneva, a physicist, believed that linear time was just a perception, one humans could overcome. If she was right, then Dylan can change his perceptions and if he does that, then Geneva will live again. He has nothing to lose, and Geneva to gain.
Reflections on Life and Death
Sarah’s mother says she’ll die in the extended care facility. Sarah’s mother believes that the care facilities have the right to kill patients. Sarah’s heard that since she was a child in the 20th century. Sarah, a single mother with her own children to care for, can’t afford to care for her mother too. But what if her mother is right? And if she is, how will Sarah ever know?
The Questing Mind: A Short Science Fiction Mystey
J. Reed Brasher knows someone is stealing his memories. He just can’t prove it. He’s 90 years old, and everyone blames the loss on age. But Brasher isn’t the kind of man who loses his mind to age. He’s losing it to something else. He must find out what that something else is before his mind is gone.
Chosen by Tangent Magazine as one of the top ten science fiction stories of 1998.
Flowers and the Last Hurrah
Colin hates his job at the online entertainment site, Gossip Hourly, but he does what he can to make money. And what he does involves clones of celebrities, although he doesn’t tell anyone that. Detective Frank Forino suspects, but can’t prove anything. So when Forino arrives at Hourly’s offices, asking for Colin’s help solving the murder of a clone, things can only get worse.
Secrets & Lies
The ten stories in this collection revolve around secrets, lies—and crime. Kristine Kathryn Rusch, called one of the best short story writers of her generation, has compiled ten of her best mystery stories into one volume. Here you’ll find cats who watch corpses decompose, a futuristic detective who lies for a living, and half a dozen others whose lives get touched by a mystery.
Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel
A Retrieval Artist dies of a virus, yet his colleague, Miles Flint, believes the death is not an accident. Police detective Noelle DeRicci knows that the death of a young woman in the Moon's prestigious Extreme Marathon is not an accident. It soon becomes clear that both deaths are connected.
The War and After: Five Stories of Magic and Revenge
The entire world convulsed in the middle of the 20th century. Everything changed—even the magical universe. From faerie to mages to wizards, the Second World War touched every life. The War And After explores the effect of the war on the magical world. Included are “Corpse Vision,” “Dark Corners,” “Subtle Interpretations,” “Judgment,” and “The Thrill of the Hunt.”
Five Diverse Detectives
Detectives come in all shapes and sizes. In Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s five-story collection they work the mean streets from a science fiction convention to the Moon to a filled with dragons. Stories included are “Blind”, “Discovery” (a Shamus-Award nominee), “Stomping Mad” (a Spade story), “Dragon Slayer”, and “The Retrieval Artist,” (A Hugo-Award nominee).
Five Goofy Science Fiction Stories
Readers know Hugo-award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch for her serious, deeply thought-out science fiction. But the former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction also has a silly side, one in evidence in the five stories in this collection. “Paparazzi of Dreams,” “Going Native,” “Advisors at Naptime,” “The One That Got Away,” and “What Fluffy Knew.”
The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel
In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.
Five Mystery Stories
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, famous for her range as a writer, shows her amazing diversity in this collection of short mystery stories. From the examination of a crime scene in “The Moorhead House” to “Pudgygate,” a cat cozy. Rusch introduces her beloved Spade in “Stomping Mad,” shows off her political and historical background in “G-Men,” and touches the heart with “Scrawny Pete.”
Five Female Sleuths
Five different women—a CPA, a lawyer, an internet service provider, a bookstore owner, and a crime scene investigator—find themselves in the middle of crimes, crimes so personal that they threaten the women’s lives. Stories included are Edgar nominees “Cowboy Grace” and “Spinning,” Shamus nominee “Discovery,” and two stories others, “Patriotic Gestures,” and “Jury Duty.”
The Death of Davy Moss
TEEN IDOL DAVY MOSS DIED ALONE ON A MOUNTAIN ROAD. NO ONE EVER FOUND HIS BODY. Davy Moss died fifteen years ago, but his fans keep him alive. They “see” him everywhere. They hold reunions, listen to his music over and over again. They encourage him to haunt them. But Davy Moss already haunts one man. Josh Candless, the man Davy Moss became after that accident.
The Thrill of the Hunt: A Faerie Justice Story
Her family called her Hilda, before the war, before the Great Wulf murdered them all. Now the war is over, Europe is in ruin, and the remaining Nazis have scattered. Hilda hunts them, but really, she hunts him. Finally she tracks him to Argentina. She’s supposed to kill him, but she’s not sure if she can. She won’t know until they’re face to face, until it's time for one of them to die.
Sins of the Blood
When she was a little girl, Cammie drove a wooden stake through her father’s heart to save her brother Ben’s life. Separated by the system, Cammie lost track of Ben. Now Cammie works as an eradicator, a vampire slayer for a privately funded organization. But she can’t forget her brother. She leaves to discover what happened to Ben.
Instead, she discovers what price she paid for her own survival.
Subtle Interpretations: A Faerie Justice Story
Robert Cooper is in Paris to find translators for the International Tribunal in Nuremberg. He finds a beautiful, talented woman working at the Paris Telephone Exchange. Her gift with languages seems magical—and maybe it is. Or maybe the magic comes when she touches him. Then he discovers her secret, one that makes him wonder if he should take her to Germany after all.
Judgment: A Faerie Justice Story
Tyrone has come home, if home still exists. Once upon a time, he was part of the People, the faerie people that hide in plain sight throughout Europe. He grew up in Nuremberg, only to leave centuries ago to live with the humans. Now he returns to photograph a human trial, one guaranteed to bring justice to a world without justice. And he hopes to find his People, one last time.
Dark Corners: A Faerie Justice Story
Solae has kept his family alive during the horrible years of Paris’s occupation by hiding in the catacombs. Solae’s father was murdered by the Germans in the first days of the occupation. Solae's magic can make light out of nothing. Now, Solae wants to help defeat the Germans. He wants to use his magic, but how can light save his city, his people, his family?
Corpse Vision: A Faerie Justice Story
Joe Decker drinks because he can. In 1920s Paris, alcohol flows freely unlike Prohibition America. He thinks he has come to Paris to write his novel, but he has come to Paris to block his visions with alcohol—until he sees a beautiful woman on a bridge over the Seine, a beautiful woman who died horribly, a beautiful woman he could have loved.
Fifteen dragons have died in less than a century. Rumaad, a different kind of dragon, collects information about the killings the way some dragons collect jewels. So he’s perfectly suited to see the differences in the latest crime scene, the murder of a dragon he knows all too well. What he sees convinces him something has changed in his world—and not for the best.
The Light in Whale Cove
Sheriff Dan Retsler finally believes in magic. He has to, after all he’s experienced in Whale Rock. But he can’t take it any longer, so he’s moving away from the magical town. His successor has arrived just as the ghosts return to the lighthouse. Now he must train a newcomer in the dark side of Whale Rock, while making sure the terror entombed in the lighthouse won’t move into the town itself.
When they were boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon. It changed their lives. Scott went to MIT. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village. Now Richard has died in Felton Woods. Scott investigates, but what he finds will change everyone’s lives—again.
Pardu killed his own twin to secure the throne. Now Pardu wants to use magic to decide which of his twins will rule without murder.
The magic calls for heart readers to determine which twin has the pure heart. The team chosen by the palace has a history that makes them unsuitable to choose the next heir.
Or maybe that history makes the heart readers the only ones who know the truth.
Bram understands the importance of stories. After all, he’s the one who convinced Stoker to write Dracula to frighten the world. Bram has seen vampires in action. He’s one of the original vampire hunters. And now he’s getting tired. He needs a replacement. Only the world of the 21st century doesn’t lend itself to heroes—not of the kind he needs anyway.
The Strangeness of the Day
Nora Barr’s struggling law practice gets a boost when she meets a tall, dark, and handsome stranger who has a snake wrapped around his arm and a short sidekick with a mean mouth. The stranger claims he’s got custody of Sleeping Beauty, and he needs Nora’s help to protect her. Against her better judgment, Nora helps—and her life changes forever.
The inspiration for the novel Utterly Charming.
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