Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, women’s fiction, and oh so much more.

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“The Retrieval Artist universe is rich and exciting, and Rusch’s characters are real beings (Human and otherwise) struggling against overwhelming odds. The thrills are nonstop, and the tension keeps increasing with each successive book. If you’re a nail-biter, you might want to wear gloves for these.”

—Analog Science Fiction Magazine

The Write Attitude

Love what you do and do what you love without sabotaging your success.

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Starbase Human

Can the fate of a forgotten starbase hold the key to the Moon’s survival?

Book Seven in the Anniversary Day Saga

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Street Justice

The long-awaited return of Smokey Dalton

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A brutal murder changes everything…

The sixth book in the Anniversary Day Saga.

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The most comprehensive guide available today on marketing for professional writers.

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The Peyti Crisis

Miles Flint Returns!

The Fifth Book in the Anniversary Day Saga

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The Enemy Within

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

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Search & Recovery

Amid the ruin, heroes emerge from the unlikeliest places…

The fourth book in the Anniversary Day Saga.

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Dressed In Holiday Style

Grayson’s holiday tradition continues with this wonderful novella in her Santa Series. Magic, romance, and a touch of holiday cheer!

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A Murder of Clones

The third book of the Anniversary Day Saga sheds further light on the Anniversary Day events, and introduces several new key characters.

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“Kristine [Kathryn Rusch]’s extensive experience in both traditional and indie publishing shines through in this amazing book.”  —Tim Grahl on Discoverability


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 Free Fiction Monday!

A new story every week.

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A new Retrieval Artist novella, “Inhuman Garbage.” Read an excerpt here.

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My latest contribution to the Uncollected Anthology of Urban Fantasy. The three sisters from “The Scottish Play” return to face an even bigger challenge.

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The February issue includes my steampunk story “The Last Surviving Gondola Widow.” Available free online or in podcast form. To download on your device, click here.

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The latest volume of Fiction River, edited by Dean Wesley Smith, features stories of risk and adventure. Includes my story, “Rats.” For information on ordering the trade paper or the ebook, click here. If you want to subscribe, click here.

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The Impossibles: A Retrieval Artist Universe Story is now available in audio! Order here.

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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.