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Free Fiction Monday: Craters

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, “Craters” by Hugo-award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch will be available for free on this site for one week only. The story is available as a standalone for $2.99on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and in other e-bookstores. It’s also available in the collection Recovering Apollo 8 And Other Stories in hardcover and ebook editions.


The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. There’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!


  1. March 29, 2013    

    I came to your website through Write Good or Die and your chapter, 5. The Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Discipline. Now that I am here, I will read your book Craters. It sounds intriguing. (Many of my rejection slips start this way, btw.) I will go and buy it on Amazon. And let this be a lesson to all aspiring writers. But I am curious, are you epublishing, or self-publishing, or using Amazon, as one of my friends does, to get feedback on a book?

    That was not my original comment I wished to make. But since I came from the software world, especially document processing, many of my friends have suggested self publishing.

    I loved your wonderful article. Indeed, discipline is all those things and should be all those things. I never needed to enforce that discipline when I wrote software rather than stories. As Scott Nicholson says in chapter 4 of the same book, I was a hack(er) in software. It seems that it has carried over to fiction. We’ll see.

    What I wanted to share was a few sayings sayings. I do a martial art, Shinto Muso Ryu, and my Sempai used to tell me, “At the end of a lifetime of training, you have a lifetime of training.” I found that that resonated with your treatise on discipline.
    That leaves me with only two other sayings and a thank you:

    “Innkeepers don’t get days off they get months off.” Meaning, when you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Either you had people at the inn or you were bleeding cash. As a software consultant, we had a similar saying but with, I thought, a better outcome. “When you’re on the beach, you are on the beach.” (From Inn at the Crossroads.)

    Thank you for your blog posts and for your writing.Yours,M.

  2. Michelle Michelle
    March 26, 2013    

    Dear God. I don’t always read your short stories, though I do appreciate you posting them! This one left me in tears, like I was grieving over something that actually happened. I, ah, don’t think ‘love it’ is the reaction I’m having, more like, ‘this is seared into my brain forever.’

    Thank you again for sharing this with us. It is truely amazing.

  3. March 26, 2013    

    Oh, wow! Wow! Wow! Loved it.

  4. March 25, 2013    

    Interesting piece. Thought provoking.

  5. March 25, 2013    

    Ditto what Dave said. It’s a story that never lets you go.

  6. March 25, 2013    

    I’ve read this story multiple times and it never fails to blow my mind.

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