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

Publishers Weekly

The Early Conundrums

A Spade/Paladin Collection

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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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The Enemy Within

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

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Street Justice

The long-awaited return of Smokey Dalton

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Discoverability

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

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“A highly recommended political thriller.”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on The Enemy Within

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We hit our funding goal on the Fiction River Kickstarter! Thank you, everyone! We hit this faster than we did on the original Kickstarter two years ago, and we’re so pleased. Now, we move onto the stretch goals. First target: $7500. I greatly appreciate everyone...

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A new story every week.

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Finally, audio listeners can hear the novella The Recovery Man’s Bargain. Find out the side story behind The Recovery Man. Click here to order.

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The award-nominated novella that introduces one of the Retrieval Artist series’ most important characters has finally hit audio. 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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Long And Short Reviews says of Fiction River’s ninth volume “is a great choice for anyone who loves it when genres are swirled together.” Order your copy or subscribe here, and get a copy of my story “An Incursion of Mice.”

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Can’t get enough urban fantasy? Try “Hand Fast” in Streets of Shadows. Order your copy here.


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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