Recommended Reading List: January, 2017

I spent the first part of January line editing a Fiction River volume, watching disaster movies, and reading romance novels. I cannot explain any of this, except that I enjoyed all of it.

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Free Fiction Monday: Watching the Music Dance

Suze loves her music. She hides in it when her parents fight.

But when the fights end in divorce, the divorce brings an end to the music—obtained illegally by Suze’s mother.

Now Nils, Suze’s father, must quickly find a way to save his daughter’s music—and her sanity—without breaking the law.

“Watching the Music Dance,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Present

Mason Evers’ thirtieth birthday depresses him, so his wife Roxy decides to give him a present he will never forget. Only the present malfunctions. Should Mason and Roxy fix the present? Or should they simply enjoy it?

“Present,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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An Audio Year’s Best

I’m so thrilled to have a novella in The Year’s Top Short SF Novels, edited by Allan Kaster. This is a lovely audiobook rendition of “Inhuman Garbage.” The other novellas in here are amazing. If you commute, then this is an audio book for you. It’s available in ebook and paper formats as well. Take a listen; you’ll be glad you did. Here’s the Amazon […]

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“Overworked,” Diving, And More!

A new mystery story, an audio book, and some deals. Take a peek!

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Free Fiction Monday: Boz

Boz got his job on the colony ship The Beautiful Dreamer because of his skills as a competent introvert. He enjoys spending years completely alone, monitoring the passengers passing the time in cold sleep.

So, when he wakes up one morning to Christmas carols, he gets scared. Very scared. Who has joined him on the ship? And why torture him with Christmas cookies and mugs of hot cocoa?

He needs to find out—and soon.

“Boz,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Two New Stories

Two new stories of mine appeared in November, but kinda sorta got lost in the noise of the month. The first, “The City’s Edge,” appears in Bridging Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan. This is my second appearance in one of Jonathan’s Infinity anthologies. They’re hard sf and always a delightful challenge to write. This one had the added challenge of a quick turn-around. There are […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2016

I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season. (Please note: the stories might have shown up in other collections. I haven’t gone searching, but you might want to.)

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Free Fiction Monday: Blind

As boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon, changing their lives. Scott attended MIT and used his science background to become a crash site detective. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village.

When Richard dies in Felton Woods, his daughter Stacy wants to know why. Scott investigates, but what he finds changes everyone’s lives—again.

“Blind,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Writing, Mysteries, Bundles, and the Contracts Book!

I have lots of fun stuff to share. I hope you saw that the latest Diving novel is out (and the Recommended Reading List has returned). I also have a story in The Best American Mystery Stories 2016, edited by Elizabeth George. I love her work, so I’m particularly flattered that she chose a story of mine. If you haven’t read “Christmas Eve at the […]

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