Diving Universe

Novels and Standalone Novellas (suggested reading order)

DIVING INTO THE WRECK, Pyr Books, 2009; WMG Publishing, 2013. RT Book Reviews Top Pick, November 2009.

CITY OF RUINS, Pyr Books, 2011; WMG Publishing, 2013.

•Becalmed, Asimov’s April/May, 2011. WMG Publishing, 2012. Also available in The Diving Bundle from WMG Publishing, 2013.

•The Application of Hope, Asimov’s Science Fiction, August, 2013. Cover story. Winner: Asimov’s Readers Choice Award, Best Novella. WMG Publishing, 2014.

BONEYARDS, Pyr Books, January, 2012; WMG Publishing, 2013.

SKIRMISHESWMG Publishing, September, 2013.

THE RUNABOUT, Asimov’s, May/June 2017. WMG Publishing, September 2017.

THE FALLS, WMG Publishing, September, 2016.

SEARCHING FOR THE FLEET, WMG Publishing, September 2018.

The Spires of Denon, Asimov’s, April/May, 2009. Cover story. WMG Publishing, 2010.

THE RENEGAT, WMG Publishing, September 2019.

• “Escaping Amnthra,” Asimov’s October/November 2011. WMG Publishing, 2020.

THIEVES, WMG Publishing, February, 2021.

SQUISHY’S TEAMS, WMG Publishing, November, 2020.

THE CHASE, WMG Publishing, September, 2021.

“Maelstrom, Asimov’s, September/October 2020. Finalist: Asimov’s Readers Choice Award, Best Novella. WMG Publishing, March 2021.


The Diving BundleWMG Publishing, 2013. Contains the novellas “Diving into the Wreck”, “Room of Lost Souls”, “Becoming One With the Ghosts”, “Becalmed”, “Stealth”, and “Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls”.

•Diving Pairs Vol. 1WMG Publishing, June 2021. Contains the novels City of Ruins and the novella “Becalmed”.

•Diving Pairs Vol. 2 WMG Publishing, June 2021. Contains the novels Boneyards and Squishy’s Teams.

•Diving Pairs Vol. 3, WMG Publishing, June 2021. Contains the novel Skirmishes and the novella “Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls”.

•Diving Pairs Vol. 4, WMG Publishing, June 2021. Contains the novels The Runabout and The Falls.

•Diving Pairs Vol. 5, WMG Publishing, June 2021. Contains the novella “The Spires of Denon” and the novels The Renegat and Escaping Amnthra.

•Diving Pairs Vol. 6, WMG Publishing, June 2021. Contains the novels Searching for the Fleet and Thieves.


• “Diving into The Wreck,” Asimov’s, December 2005.  Cover story.  Winner, UPC Award, 2005.  Locus recommended reading list, 2005.  Winner, Asimov’s Readers Choice award for best novella, 2005.  Published as “Buceo en Los Restos del Naufragio,” in Premio UPC 2005, edited by Miquel Barcelo, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Nova, 2006. Reprinted in Russian as the cover story of If (Esli), 12/2006. WMG Publishing, 2013. Also available in The Diving Bundle from WMG Publishing, 2013.

• “Room of Lost Souls,” Asimov’s, April/May 2008. Cover story. Special Mention, UPC Award, 2007. Winner, Asimov’s Readers Choice Award for Best Novella, 2008. Reprinted in Russian as the cover story of If (Esli) Magazine, May, 2009. WMG Publishing, 2013. Also available in The Diving Bundle from WMG Publishing, 2013.

• “Becoming One With the Ghosts,” Asimov’s October/November, 2010. Winner, Asimov’s Readers Choice Award for Best Novella. WMG Publishing, 2013. Also available in The Diving Bundle from WMG Publishing, 2013.

• “Stealth,” Asimov’s October/November 2011. WMG Publishing, 2013. Also available in The Diving Bundle from WMG Publishing, 2013.

• “Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls”, WMG Publishing, 2013. Also available in The Diving Bundle from WMG Publishing, 2013.

• “The Rescue of the Renegat,” Asimov’s Jan/Feb 2018.

• “Dix,” Asimov’s March/April 2018.

• “Lieutenant Tightass,” Asimov’s July/August 2018.

• “Joyride,” Asimov’s Nov/Dec 2018.

• “Hunches,” Asimov’s Jan/Feb 2021.

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For additional information, go to the Diving Universe website.

32 responses to “Diving Universe”

  1. smalltowncat says:

    Does “The Chase” occur before “Maelstrom”? Where does “Hunches” fit in the Diving Universe?

  2. Jxt09 says:

    Write Faster! Please! The end of “Thieves” was a cliffhanger ending, how could you do that to us? I am dying with curiosity about what happens next.

  3. Garry Hausfeld says:

    I discovered the latest in the series Searching for the Fleet on kindle, and it’s listed on the diving universe website but not here or on Wikipedia? ?
    From the contents list this appears to contain the shorts Dix and Lieutenant Tightass. Is this correct?
    regards and congrats on a great series.

  4. Alex Hevari says:

    Just started reading Diving Universe series. Read two nowellas – “Diving into the Wreck” and “Room of lost Souls”. What can I say – that’s something new in the genre. Some fresh idea – I man about ntring the wrecked spaceship thee anger not from some alien ceatures but from the atmosphere on the location itself. The S-technology adds some mystic vibes…. Great series! For mee seems that this series is a (hidden) gem of modern SF!

    Greets and best wishes from a Diving Universe fan from Ukraine (maybe the first one, who knows:))!

    • Alex Hevari says:

      Sorry for some misspellings. I mean: “Some fresh idea – I mean about entering the wrecked spaceship the fear not from some alien ceatures but from the atmosphere on the location itself. “

  5. Dennis H Bishop says:

    The Falls Great Book i believe this is her best work so far , I wished it was longer .hated to stop reading such a great book so i read it again hope she will pen more in this time frame of Diving universe Great writing/ story telling .Reminds me of .Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton. just read Searching for the Fleet its was Great
    oh how/why is Sector Base E-2 still intact ,.next book ?

  6. I’ll echo the praise for “Lieutenant Tightass”. Excellent story set in a universe I’ve come to love. Thank you!

  7. Patrick West says:

    Just finished reading “Lieutenant Tightass” in the July 2018 issue of Asimov’s. Delightful, nicely done.

  8. C. Scott Scott Kippen says:

    I see reading order for novels and novellas, but do you have a suggestion of readin them all? Do you prefer the novel versions of the novellas in the end? I just had the weird reading order of reading Stealth and then started Boneyards not realizing Stealth was buried in that. 😀

  9. Mike D says:

    The Diving Series Starter Bundle by Kristine Kathryn Rusch $7.99 (before discount) which includes the first three books in the series (Diving into the Wreck, City of Ruins and Boneyards.) is available from Kobo, at least in US and UK. Also a 40% off coupon 40BOX

    That’s ePub but no DRM so converting to Kindle is trivial

    A Ghost of a Chance Starter Bundle by Dean Wesley Smith is similar.

  10. Fred Rodger says:


    I have just finished ‘Diving the Wreck’ and I would like to continue the story. You have two reading lists, one of Novels and one of Novellas. Is the complete story (so far) a combination of the two lists? What order would I read in to get the complete story? Thank You.


  11. Ben says:

    I discovered you via EscapePod some years ago and follow the Diving Universe but due to a crowded reading schedule I am remiss in a couple. I promise to catch up now that I have Boneyards under my belt. Thanks for a fresh voice in an otherwise tired genre.

  12. skippen says:

    I know they are all your “babies” but do you prefer your novel version of some of the stories or the originals?

    • It’s all about the characters and the story in my head, skippen. So they’re one big manuscript–story–in my brain. I don’t prefer one or the other (Although I might have some favorite characters–and I won’t admit who they are.)

  13. Greg Fernald says:

    Thank you for the Diving Universe Series, They rank up there with Armor, the Pern books, and Battlefield Earth as ones I reread every 2-3 years. I’m missing a few, which I will try to get now.

  14. AussieAbroad says:

    Where does “Encounter on Starbase Kappa” fit in to the series?

  15. JenW says:

    Are the “Diving into the Wreck” novella and novel different stories? Wondering if I need to buy and read novella, as I already have the novel.

  16. Jay says:

    I know you do a lot of juggling, but when can we expect another book in the series?

  17. I am a true fan! As an Asimov’s subscriber, I always look forward to your work in upcoming issues. I’m delighted to read a female sf author, certainly, but I am especially impressed by your intriguing plots, suspenseful and vividly imagined worlds, and compelling characters. The character interactions are true and deeply emotional (I confess I often cry). Can’t wait for all the books to be available. Thank you for such amazing sf writing.

    • Thanks, Lisa. Where are you located? The books are all available, or should be, through one or the other publisher. If you’re in the US, and can’t get the books, let me know. Otherwise, you should be able to get all the ones I’ve written so far. 🙂 Thank you for the kind words!!!

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