Free Fiction Monday: Becalmed, Part Two

Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads a diplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire’s anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can’t remember what she did wrong on the mission: all she knows is that she’s one of the few survivors. If she doesn’t recall it, she won’t be able to prevent another disaster when the Ivoire escapes foldspace. If the Ivoire escapes foldspace. Because what no one talks about—and everyone fears—is that the Ivoire is becalmed…forever.

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

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Short Stories! Nelscott! Diving! What More Could You Want? (Don’t Answer That)

This month sees the publication of two of my short stories in the Dell Magazines. “Sob Sisters” marks the first appearance for my Kris Nelscott pen name in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and the first publication for Nelscott in about 5 years. Don’t worry, Nelscott fans, the newest Smokey novel will come out in March. It’s called Street Justice. The story here features Valentina Wilson, whom you’ll […]

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Diving Novels Available Worldwide, Another Kobo Special, And A “Thrilling” Podcast

For years, people outside of the United States and Canada have asked me for copies of the first three books in the multiple-award-winning Diving universe, Diving Into The Wreck, City of Ruins, and Boneyards. For a while, selling copies of the books outside of the United States and Canada was impossible without selling those same copies inside of the United States and Canada. Pyr Books has licensed the North American […]

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Mid-Month Novel Excerpt: Boneyards

Once per month, I’ll publish an excerpt of one of my novels, and I hope you’ll be intrigued enough to buy the rest of the book.  I began this practice in February of 2011. Unlike the free fiction I put up every Monday, the novel excerpts will remain on the site.  If you want to read the opening to the previous twelve novels, click here. This month, […]

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Mid-Month Novel Excerpt: City of Ruins

Once per month, I’ll publish an excerpt of one of my novels, and I hope you’ll be intrigued enough to buy the rest of the book.  I began this practice in February. Unlike the free fiction I put up every Monday, the novel excerpts will remain on the site.  If you want to read the opening to the previous eleven novels, click here. This month, I’ve excerpted City […]

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The Business Rusch: Popcorn Kittens!

    The Business Rusch: Popcorn Kittens! Kristine Kathryn Rusch Last June, my friend, the marvelous writer Dayle Dermatis, sent me a kitten video.  Now, this exchange of cat videos is not uncommon among a certain group of us.  Yes, we’re the ones that keep all the YouTube cat videos in the top 100. Anyway, this video has become important because its title has wiggled […]

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City of Ruins Audio Book

Audible published the unabridged version of City of Ruins in audio this week.  Head on over and download a copy!  Here’s the link.

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Award News

Now I can tell you a secret I’ve been sitting on for weeks. Two secrets, really. My story, “Red Letter Day,” won the AnLab Award for Best Short Story.  AnLab is Analog Magazine’s Readers Choice Award.  “Red Letter Day” is a stand-alone story about time travel. My novella, “Becoming One With the Ghosts,” won the Asimov’s Readers Choice Award for Best Novella.  “Becoming One With […]

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News About Diving Stories

First, Asimov’s has just published “Becalmed,” which is set in the Diving Universe.  The story involves a character who appears for about a chapter in the upcoming City of Ruins from Pyr.  But I had to figure out what her backstory was, so I wrote this piece.  I suspect there will be even more backstory to come (which will become front story) as I work […]

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The Mid-Month Novel Excerpt: Diving Into the Wreck

Once per month, I’ll post an excerpt from a published novel of mine and hope that you’ll be intrigued enough to find the rest of the book.  I decided to start with Diving into the Wreck because the next book set in that universe, City of Ruins, will be out in May. This will give you time to read Diving before City comes out. You […]

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