Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, women’s fiction, and anywhere else her muse takes her.

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Newest Novels

“Dalton’s hard won small victory vividly illustrates a turbulent period of our recent cultural history.”

Publishers Weekly

6/12/14

The Early Conundrums

A Spade/Paladin Collection

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5/19/14

The Application of Hope

The Asimov’s Readers Choice Award-winning new novella in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s acclaimed Diving series.

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4/15/14

The Enemy Within

A thrilling novel inspired by the acclaimed short story “G-Men”

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3/18/14

Street Justice

The long-awaited return of Smokey Dalton

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Rusch weaves a convincing alternate history tale of ‘what ifs’ that interlaces with our own history of those troubled times. … Be sure to read Kristine Kathryn’s Rusch’s latest thriller The Enemy Within for non-stop political intrigue!

Dave Dickinson, Astroguyz

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Nominated for the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History (Short Form). Order here!

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“Playing With Reality,” a new science fiction story that mixes golf (yes, golf!), larger-than-life characters, and some social commentary. Order digital and paper copies here.

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The eighth volume presents fourteen universes, all different, all powerful. Come visit the universe of Fiction River which Amazing Stories called “a worthy heir to the original anthology series of the 60s and 70s.” Buy one volume at a time or subscribe by clicking here.


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“Crossing The River Styx,” a 1920s mystery novelette set in the remote Oregon Caves. Order a digital or paper copy here.

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The latest novella in the Diving Universe is the 2014 Asimov’s Readers Choice Award winner! Now available in trade paperback & ebook from WMG Publishing.


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 (including the Fey series, the Retrieval Artist series and the Diving series), 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.

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 Riverpublished 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.

She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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