Kate Rauner, Hanover, New Mexico, USA
A science fiction writer, poet, firefighter, and engineer on the way to becoming an eccentric old woman.
I write science fiction novels and science-inspired poetry, and serve as a volunteer firefighter. I'm also a retired environmental engineer and Cold War Warrior (honestly, that's what Congress called us) because I worked in America's nuclear weapons complex. Now living on the edge of the southwest's Gila National Forest with my husband, cats, llamas, and dog, I'm well on my way to achieving my life-goal of becoming an eccentric old woman.
Contact Kate: email@example.com or at katerauner.wordpress.com
Join visitors to strange worlds in these short stories and flash fiction (shorter stories) from Kate Rauner, prize winning short-story author.
Presented singly or in small collections, these books are perfect for a break during your day. Or curl up in your favorite chair with the series.
Two brothers find misery in California's Gold Rush until a Chinese doctor promises them riches. They should have asked, at what price?
A short story by Kate Rauner, a reader's choice Best Scifi Writer at Ooorahs! webzine. Set in California's Trinity Mountains, this short story of 5,400 words is perfect for a break during your busy day.
Travel to three fantastic worlds. Burritos and a birthday party keep a computer developer from his AI project, but he'll never succeed without them.
A painter ensnared in his master's Renaissance studio discovers a deadly escape.
For one micro spaceship crossing interstellar space, sacrifice is part of the mission.
Each under 1,000 words - perfect for a break during your busy day.
Travel to two fantastic worlds.
A trio of physics students find that theory is safer than practice.
A lonely woman on a deadly mission receives a second chance, if she can seize it before it's too late.
Two short stories by Kate Rauner, a reader's choice Best Scifi Writer at Ooorahs! webzine. Each under 4,000 words. Perfect for a break during your busy day.
Abandoned on a hostile planet, colonists struggle to build their lives. But first they have to survive. Read the complete series through generations.
Praise for Colony on Mars from a real reader like you: Many science fiction books tend to be more fiction than science, but in this book I found both. The plot is never boring, and the science is rock solid.
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Zeker plans to change Mars. Once adult-qualified, he joins the elite Tower Guilds. But neuroplasticity treatments may have failed, because his own impulses are his biggest challenge. When he storms out of the Towers, Zeker lands in a lawless burg filled with desperate people. Farther from his goals than ever, he must find a way back to the Towers, because more than his project is in peril
Read an Ooorah! Wattzine Readers' Favorite, Jupiter Diving: From a ship mining helium-3 in Jupiter's atmosphere, Kelly launches a probe to search for life in the ocean of a Jovian moon. She finds more than she expected. This and other short stories, flash fiction, and microfiction wait for you, perfect to fill a break in your day or an afternoon curled up in your favorite chair.
Bliss is certain this is the best time to be Mars-born. The colony has grown - no disaster could possibly wipe them out now. She's leaving her little burg and childhood sweetheart behind to move to Kamp Kans, the largest city on Mars with six hundred eighty-two people. There's a dark side to Kamp and her new boss is crazy, but she won't let that spoil the fun.
A call for help sends Sig into the Tartarus Mountains of Mars. Delivering repair parts to his mother offers a temporary escape from his miserable life in the colony, but there are dangers in her cavern and on the surface of the hostile Red Planet he hadn't expected.
Poetry that favors rhyme; Inspired all by science; Outward to the edge of time; Or tied to earthly cadence. Light and written all for fun, There is no angst to hide. You're invited now to sample one Of my poems inside. Enjoy over forty short, descriptive rhymes of science. Includes the popular Desert Watermelon, a few haiku, and learn how to say Cruithne (Earth's second moon?)
Contacting recent settlers half a planet away is the only hope for a rebellious young man's failing colony, though the conflicts they bring from Earth could be deadly.
Jake is born into a dying colony, abandoned by Earth, and Mars yields none of the minerals they need to survive. A second colony arrives half a planet away, but visiting the newcomers is more perilous than he imagined.
Something is terribly wrong on Mars. The colony's psychologist just walked out an airlock to her death, but that doesn't stop roboticist Emma Winters. She leaves Earth forever.
A strange sickness cripples the colonists' efforts. Emma must discover the truth before the planet's lethal surface kills them all. Emma planned to be one of the first humans on Mars. Now she may be one of the last
Kate's 2014 collection of poems in rhyme; Inspired all by science; Outward to the edge of time; Or tied to earthly cadence. Light and written all for fun,
There is no angst to hide. You're invited now to sample one Of my poems inside.
An international crew ferries their space station to an anomaly where our solar system touches the Helios star system, a portal that was discovered decades ago and may be lost.
Tensions flare along the way as they mine a dangerous comet and visit the colony on Mars. Things don’t go as planned and the crew must save their mission and their lives. Adventure combined with life aboard a space station.
Expanded 2nd Edition! A collection of short poems in rhyme; Inspired all by science; Outward to the edge of time; Or tied to earthly cadence. Light and written all for fun, There is no angst to hide. You're invited now to sample one Of my poems inside.
What does the 21st century hold for us? Find out with Kate's predictions surrounding a story of one fantastic discovery - an improbable glitch in space that opens a path to another star system. Stretching from advances within our grasp, like self-driving cars and a private space industry, to rewilding a depopulated prairie with cloned mammoths, glimpses a future rooted in today's science. Jo
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I've contributed to Ooorah on Wattpad and it's great to see I can now download the e-zine here. I like having the stories collected by theme - that makes it easy to find what I like. I recommend this month and the series. Collect them all - you're sure to find stories you enjoy.