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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Solo for Concert Grand
Emily Trencheon lives life as a prodigy—and a successful experiment. She provides a shining example for the Academy of Universal Languages to continue its program with the Miaslan. But she alone knows the truth. And she fears her final act of communication—a piano composition meant to be played in total darkness—will be forever lost in the shadows of misinterpretation.
After the Fall
Peter enjoys his isolated life in the Montana countryside. But after a solitary walk along his property’s borders results in a potentially deadly fall, he fights like hell to survive, knowing no one will come to rescue him. So, when he starts seeing things—seeing a creature he knows can’t exist—he grasps at his one chance for survival: believing in the impossible.
Maxwell Scobel writes about heroes for a living. He studies them, imagines them, imagines being them. But when a routine drive turns into a fight for his life—and the life of his soon-to-be-adopted three-year-old daughter—he must rise to the occasion. Or lose everything he never knew he held dear.
Voted One of the Top Ten stories of the year by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine readers.
Show Trial: A Faerie Justice Novella
After World War II ends, the Allied governments want to put the surviving Nazis on trial. Every detail becomes an issue. Even translators. Robert Cooper needs translators who can handle it. Translators like Nathalie Renard. Nathalie’s gift for languages seems magical. But her view of justice leaves Robert wondering if he can trust her to do the job.
Shadows on the Moon
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
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.
Lt. Kenyon fulfills his duty to serve his country and the war effort by censoring the crew’s letters home, even though it means that his shipmates hate him. 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 her crew. And he must make a choice that will affect every last man on board.
The Destruction of a Goddess
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.
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.
Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls: A Diving Universe Novella
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.
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.
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. She thinks Hawthorne marks the end of her trip; instead, it marks the beginning of one strange and scary adventure, one she and Kasey need to survive.
Becoming One with the Ghosts: A Diving Universe Novella
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
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.
Stealth: A Diving Universe Novella
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
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.
Deal Breakers 2013: Contract Terms Writers Should Avoid
In this WMG Writer’s Guide, international bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch helps writers navigate the changing tides of the publishing industry to make the best possible deal while retaining the rights to publish their works how and where they choose.
The Life and Deaths of Rachel Long
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.
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.
Includes the Nebula Award finalist “Story Child.”
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
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
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.”
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.”
The Pursuit of Perfection: And How It Harms Writers
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
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
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
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. But Richard’s quest proves more complicated than a simple recovery mission.
Former journalist turned journalism teacher Larissa Johanssen moved back to her hometown to escape the violence she once covered. 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—separating truth from fiction in order to heal.
Renn and the Little Men
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
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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.’”
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.
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.
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
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?
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. Tadero thinks Denne sent her on a fool’s errand—until she stumbles across something on the beach. Something she never suspected.
The only person in Los Angeles who doesn’t want fame, no-nonsense private eye Belinda Sweet avoids cases that bring her attention. Still, she stumbles on one in a bar, when a barfly asks her to act as his alibi for killing his wife. The bartender calls the cops, who arrest—and then release—him. Sweet needs to know why. She refuses to stop until she uncovers the real story—even if fame follows.
Ghosts of Christmas Present
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored 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. They’re an annoyance, nothing more. Or so she believes, until one of the crew goes missing—and the night has just begun.
In LA, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds a lot of it, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces now. It arrives in a van. It has cameras, an agenda and the ability to change her life in awful ways. First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the creeping uncontrollable dread in modern life, a dread Lovecraft himself might find too awful to contemplate.
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
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?
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.
The other kids call Wilhelmina “Cry-Baby Witch.” They’re right but they don’t know it: she’s a witch, but she doesn’t have control of her magic yet. If she did, she’d protect all the animals in Mrs. Anderson’s room, but Willi can’t even protect herself. Trapped in school because of a blizzard, creepy Craig Maddson has figured out Willi’s secret. He plans to reveal it, and Willi can't stop him.
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.
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