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Free Fiction Monday: The Poop Thief

Portia Meadows runs one of the few pet stores that sells familiars to the magical. Familiars—delicate, moody creatures—keep magic clean and pure. To lose a familiar means losing magic. And on a bright afternoon, Portia’s assistant discovers that something essential has disappeared, threatening not just the magical within the store, but throughout the world.
“The Poop Thief” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Last Surviving Gondola Widow

In an alternate post-Civil War Chicago, the citizens still remember the day the Gondolas sent by the South died and the city burned—again. Lou, a Pinkerton detective, uses magic to hunt down the Gondola pilots, now called Gondola widows. She thought she had caught them all. But when evidence comes to light that one last […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Midbury Lake Incident

Mary Beth Wilkins knows she made a mistake the moment she sees her beloved library burn. She also knows what she must do next to protect herself and her secret. And although she failed to save this library, she has a more important purpose to fulfill—a magical purpose. If she acts fast. “The Midbury Lake Incident” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is part of Magical Libraries, an Uncollected Anthology and is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Scrawny Pete

Crime reporter Atkins discovered Scrawny Pete at the scene of a murder-suicide. The hard-bitten reporter took to the cat, and the cat took to him. Together they traveled through the city on the police beat, until the day they come across another crime, one that Scrawny Pete understands. “Scrawny Pete” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Arrival of Truth

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s alternate history stories have won or been nominated for every award in the sf field. “The Arrival of Truth” shows why. In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or will it force her to make terrible choices of her own? “The Arrival of Truth” by Sidewise Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch casts light on the powerful struggle between right and wrong, slavery and freedom and is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Well-Chosen Words

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 soothe a fractured nation, inspire change and chart the course for the nation’s future. Because his speech in Gettysburg will change history, but not necessarily in the way he hopes. “Well-Chosen Words” by Sidewise Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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16 Free Award-Nominated Stories

Asimov’s Science Fiction has started a new feature on its website. Every year, Asimov’s asks its readers to choose the best stories of the year. The top five in each category get notified, and then Asimov’s reveals the winners at a ceremony in May. This year, Asimov’s has put the nominees up for free on its website.

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Free Fiction Monday: Handfast

When Ry gave her the gun, she thought it the most romantic gift she’d ever received. But after his death she had to put the magic gun in her past or risk losing her future. Until the day she can no longer keep the gun at bay. It demands answers. Answers only she can find. Answers that involve a ceremony she never fully understood. Until now. “Handfast” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Amelia Pillar’s Etiquette for the Space Traveler

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. With tips such as making the most of the zero-G experience, interacting with new species, and properly utilizing your steward, this guide will help you channel your inner adventurer and negotiate your vacation without fear of misstep. “Amelia Pillar’s Etiquette for the Space Traveler” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Embedded

As a long-time embedded reporter, Khalil thinks he’s seen it all. But during his latest assignment—against an enemy he doesn’t understand and in a conflict he understands less—Khalil finds himself in the middle of the action, but not in the way he expected. And he quickly realizes that what lies beneath the surface on this ice-covered planet will change his life, and the lives of many others, forever.
USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch draws on her background as a professional journalist to pen this transformative tale that superbly captures the friction between the press and the military and demonstrates that valor can be found in the least expected places. “Embedded” is free on this website for one week only.

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A New Urban Fantasy Story!

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I love taking part in the Uncollected Anthology of Urban Fantasy. Every quarter, we put out individual stories on the same theme (hence "anthology" and "uncollected"). This time, Dayle Dermatis, Leah Cutter, Ron Collins, Leslie Claire Walker, Rebecca Senese, and Annie Reed, have joined me in the Out of the Woods "anthology."

Find out how to order all of these stories by clicking on this sentence.

A New Science Fiction Story!

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Asimov's has just published my first sentient ship story, "Matilda."

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A New Fantasy Story!

FR Sparks ebook cover webThe latest Fiction River is out. Edited by Rebecca Moesta, the volume includes a fantasy story from me called "Salem Week."

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16 Free Stories

ASFMARCH2015_finalistAsimov's Science Fiction has posted 16 of its Readers Choice Award finalists for free on their website, including my own "The First Step" and "Inhuman Garbage." For a short time only.

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Warrior Women!

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My Diving story, "The Application of Hope," is reprinted here along with lots of other great stories of strong women. Pick up the paperback at your favorite bookstore, download the ebook on various sites, or click here to get your copy.

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